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  • Let’s discuss Fish Oils…

    Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are essential fatty acids (EFAs) that our bodies need, but can not produce. Omega-6 fatty acid is another EFA that our body needs, but in today’s diet, most people consume more than enough omega-6s but not enough omega-3s. It is important to consume omega-3 and omega-6 in a balanced ratio for optimal health and well-being. Scientific evidence over the years has shown that an imbalance between the two EFAs has been implicated to many serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, colitis ulcerosa, multiple sclerosis, lupus, asthma. etc, depression, dementia, and other chronic diseases.

    Good food sources of EPA and DHA include coldwater fish, such as mackerel, salmon, bluefish, mullet, sablefish, menhaden, anchovy, herring, lake trout, sardines and tuna. All of these fish except tuna provide at least 1 gram of omega-3 per 100 grams of fish (3.5 ounces). Tuna provides fewer omega-3s but because it is most commonly consumed, it can have significant contributions.

    So how much is enough? International experts say 500 mg/day  to help avoid deficiency, 1 gram /day for proactive support and between 2-4 grams/day for high-intensity support.

    The easiest way to ensure that you are getting sufficient omega-3 fatty acids is to take a fish oil supplement, especially one that is high quality and purified. I prefer Nordic Naturals, which can be purchased at Bassora Family Chiropractic, 186 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

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