Omega 3 – are you buying Lard?
Buyer beware, many of the top selling omega-3 products on the market today are loaded with way more saturated fats than the omega-3’s that you think you are buying. And with more and more health studies proving the benefits of omega-3s, demand from large supermarkets is constantly increasing. But, because bad fish oil looks the same as good fish oil, the consumer suffers.
The Freezer Test
Troubled by the low grade of many supermarket products worldwide, Dr. Vlad Coric of Yale University, a specialist in Essential Fatty Acids devised a simple test to enable consumers to discover whether they have purchased refined omega-3 fish oil or a variation of Lard.
“The test gives the customer an easy way to visualize why purity and concentration is important. Most people don’t realize how cheaply some products are made, because they all look the same at room temperature. Consequently, people choose the least expensive fish oil as they all look the same.” – Dr. Vlad Coric
Don’t believe it? See for yourself by conducting your own omega-3 quality test. Simply place your omega-3 capsules in the freezer for 24 hours and if they turn white and cloudy, you are likely consuming lard.
The Omega Quality Test
If you’re looking to achieve all the amazing health benefits that omega-3s have been known for, then you need to make sure you are getting a high-potency and high-quality product.
So, before you spend your hard-earned cash on a fish oil supplement, stay clear of these 3 things:
1. PCBs, does the Manufacturer declare the type of Fish used in their products?
If they don’t declare it, be suspicious, wrong ocean, wrong fish. Small arctic oily fish would seem to present the best low toxicity options. Worst options in our opinion are anything from the North Sea, most large fish oils such as Cod Liver Oils, Tuna, Halibut and Salmon Oils.
2. Toxins, has the product been independently assessed? If not ask why.
The Ocean is suspected to be full of PCBs, PCDDs, PCDFs and heavy metals like mercury. These materials need to be extracted by all fish oils on the market, with proof to you — the consumer that you are getting a safe product. Health specialist Dr. Mercola reckons that most of the oceans and seas are polluted and that 99% of fish is contaminated.
Therefore, unless your fish oil has been properly distilled, we fear that you and your family could be consuming these harmful contaminants.
3. Is the relationship between EPA and DHA in accordance with the latest research?
EPA is the key ingredient in omega-3 fish oil that is responsible for resolving inflammation in the body. That’s why it’s good for heart health, joint support and muscle recovery. Since we typically see consumers wanting to resolve inflammation in the body, we recommend that your omega-3 contains at least 4 times more EPA than DHA. Dr. Coric has developed a unique formula using this 4:1 ratio and has even been granted a U.S. Patent due to this novel discovery.
Not all Fish Oil is created equal
Look for a pharmaceutical grade fish oil to ensure your omega-3 has been distilled, purified and tested by a third-party. Reputable companies will use either NSF or USP for testing, and these seals will appear on their packages.
You may have heard of Omax3 on TV recently. It is independently tested for purity and used by athletes due to its NSF certification. This exceptionally pure omega-3 supplement contains a potent 1500 mg of EPA and DHA and no detectable saturated fats (you can even test it in the Freezer Test!)
The 4:1 ratio of EPA to DHA is the same one developed by Dr. Coric. And while the product is not widely available in stores, right now you can get a free box with purchase, plus 3 free gifts and a 60-day money back guarantee on their as seen on TV website!