Fish Oil Supplements - which brands are best?

Do you wonder whether you should be taking omega-3 fish oil supplements?

If you eat oily seafood several times a week along with a varied diet of fresh whole foods you may already be consuming enough of the so-called “essential” fatty acids.

However because of the degraded nature of processed modern food most of us have diets deficient in vital omega-3 fatty acids.  Eating the wrong type of fats and oils can actually have the effect of displacing the “good” essential oils in the body. 

These days many nutritionists, natural therapists, researchers and doctors are recommending omega-3 fish oil supplements for a variety of health conditions and basic health maintenance.  Fish oil supplements have been shown to help improve arthritis, joint mobility and depression.  There are also clear links showing fish oils can help prevent heart disease and vision problems.   Because  omega-3 oils are important for the development and maintenance of brain and nerve tissue, it is recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers as well as young children.

Why not just take good old Cod Liver Oil?

Cod Liver Oil is a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D.  It is not necessarily a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.  If you think you may need Vitamin A or Vitamin D talk first with a good doctor or naturopath because it is possible to overdose in some situations. 

If you want to ensure you are getting optimal levels of omega-3 oils then buy a supplement  designed specifically for this purpose

Choosing a top quality Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement

There are so many brands and some of them are definitely best avoided.  Rancid, oxidised fish oils are actually toxic.  It can be confusing wading through all the competing claims and information from different suppliers.

Consumer Magazine report on Fish Oil Supplements
Click on the above link to download a report on fish oil supplements published by the New Zealand Consumer magazine.  This is a highly reputable magazine that has a long track record of thorough investigations into common consumer products.  We copied this report to our website, because we beleive this is such valuable information for youto have.

Parts of this report contain information specific to New Zealand, but wherever you are in the world, if you are interested in fish oils you will find this useful.  It outlines all the issues you need to be aware of. 

Some of the top brands mentioned are available worldwide.  I have heard good reports about the company “Nordic Naturals” from several sources - as well as in this Consumer Magazine report.  Oils for Life is a New Zealand product that has also been recommended to me.  Their products appear to be high quality and good value.

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