There are lots of supplements out there, but fish oil has been proven to be one of the most beneficial for the heart, eyes, skin and brain because of the wealth of omega-3's they contain. But not all fish oil supplements are created equal: fortunately, there are some simple criteria that you can look for to help you choose the right fish oil supplement for you!
Where is it sourced?
This is very important for determining how effective and safe your fish oil will be. Since certain fish have higher levels of mercury, you will want to determine what kind of fish your fish oil came from. Any reliable brand of fish oil will tell you if the fish used in it have been tested for mercury. It is important to note that natural fish oils are also better for you than purified fish oils, so you are using a supplement that is minimally processed. Although it is not the only premium source of fish oil, cod liver oil is known to be one of the most bio-available fish oils.
What are the active ingredients?
This is perhaps one of the most important factors in determining the potency of fish oil. There are two active ingredients that are considered to be the active ingredients in fish oil: eicosapentaenoic acid (EHA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EHA and DHA dosages are listed on the label on the back of a fish oil supplement bottle in milligrams. When the dosages of these ingredients are high, then the strength of the fish oil dose is high; if not, then the fish oil dosage may not be very effective. Also, be on the lookout for supplements that only list the amounts of fish oil and not (EPA) and/or (DHA), since the active ingredients are often mixed with other oils. In short, be sure to read the "nutrition facts" label thoroughly.
Choosing the best fish oil doesn't have to be a puzzle. By using these two criteria, you are much more likely to be successful in choosing a fish oil that is potent in omega-3's and uses high amounts of EHA and DHA and the active ingredients, which will give you the best health benefits and most effective supplementation.