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Best Omega-3 Source

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Created October 07, 2010 at 11:37 AM

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I have before me 2 brands of Omega-3 gelcaps

One is much more affordable. The expensive one advertises that they contain no mercury, and it also contains olive oil. I can't understand the olive oil. Don't we not want those omega sixes?

The cheap brand says that the fish used come from arctic waters. Should I be worried about mercury?

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on October 11, 2010
at 04:58 PM

This is a whole separate issue that maybe someone can address. In the meantime, we're paying our money and taking our chances.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 04:57 PM

That's a no brainer!

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 04:57 PM

Wild Fish is best, sure, but we're looking for quick supplements for people on the go

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on October 08, 2010
at 10:42 AM

Olive oil is great if you're buying some fat soluble vitamin (like vitamin D) but there's no reason to dilute your omega 3 with it. It reminds me of those incredibly irritating "omega" supplements that proudly claim to contain omega 3, 6 AND 9! (So much omega-y goodness...)

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on October 08, 2010
at 10:40 AM

Fish is definitely more absorbable and comes with other micronutrients. Paleo reasoning would suggest that the natural source is better, but fear that cooking omega-3s would be a bad thing, might be a reason to prefer suitably processed fish oil. Walnuts are definitely bad: wrong sort of omega-3 (ALA, not EPA/DHA) and 4 times more omega 6 than omega 3.

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on October 08, 2010
at 07:56 AM

Seconded. Fish/seafood is the best source. Walnuts are supposed to be a good source too.

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on October 07, 2010
at 11:34 PM

Olive oil? lolweird

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on October 07, 2010
at 03:25 PM

Don't forget to look into krill oil if you're not allergic to shrimp. The DHA/EPA is in phospholipid form and also contains astaxanthin, which inhibits oxidation. Mercola has plenty of info on it.

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on October 08, 2010
at 07:29 AM

Why not try eating more fish? Shrimp, crab, herring roe (milt), herring, mackerel, salmon, sardine, whitebait etc are excellent sources of omega 3 - and much besides.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on October 08, 2010
at 07:56 AM

Seconded. Fish/seafood is the best source. Walnuts are supposed to be a good source too.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

(821)

on October 11, 2010
at 04:57 PM

Wild Fish is best, sure, but we're looking for quick supplements for people on the go

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on October 08, 2010
at 10:40 AM

Fish is definitely more absorbable and comes with other micronutrients. Paleo reasoning would suggest that the natural source is better, but fear that cooking omega-3s would be a bad thing, might be a reason to prefer suitably processed fish oil. Walnuts are definitely bad: wrong sort of omega-3 (ALA, not EPA/DHA) and 4 times more omega 6 than omega 3.

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on October 07, 2010
at 09:11 PM

Brains!

But failing that any fish oil seems to work well. Preferably as high DHA and as low EPA as you can find. Olive oil should be fine since it isn't enough to give us too much omega 6.

But srsly brain smoothie. Mmm.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 04:57 PM

That's a no brainer!

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8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on October 07, 2010
at 11:42 PM

I don't know about mercury but if fish liver oil comes from Arctic waters I would be worried about Vitamin A toxicity. for some reason livers from animals in the Arctic have extreme levels of Vitamin A.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 04:58 PM

This is a whole separate issue that maybe someone can address. In the meantime, we're paying our money and taking our chances.

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