Once people read about the benefits of fish oil they want to know how much they need to take. The general recommendation is for 2-4 grams of EPA/DHA (Types of Omega-3 fatty acids) per day. The problem is that with many products, people need to take 20, 30 or even 40 capsules per day to reach that number. Even with high quality products this can lead to stomach upset and fish flavored burps. The other problem that people run into is that products with high enough concentrations of EPA and DHA to get the number of capsules down to a reasonable number
often cost up to $60 per bottle. If you buy cheaper products they end up being even more expensive due to the number of capsules needed to reach the recommended daily amounts.
With Barlean’s Ultra DPA-EHA Fish Oil you can reach the recommended amount with just 4 capsules and the low price will surprise you.
Although the mechanism for the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids remains controversial, the results have been proven. This AHA Scientific Statement summarizes the research done to date and the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
The amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in the American diet has dropped by over 90% percent in the last 100 years, largely due to the switch from animal fats in the diets to vegetable oils and the switch from grasses to grains as the source of feed for meat producing animals. Unless you eat 100% wild caught fish, free range chicken and grass fed beef, you are most likely not getting the correct ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids in your diet.
A great illustration of the effects of Omega-3 versus Omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is the fact that the high concentration of Omega-6 fatty acids in corn and other grains fed to cattle in feed lots leads to stomach inflammation, ulcers and infection, necessitating the use of antibiotics in the vast majority of the beef produced in the United States. If the lack of Omega-3 fatty acids is doing that to cattle, this is further evidence that without Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, you are opening yourself up to unnecessary inflammation. However, even though feeding grass, which has a high Omega-3 concentration to cattle eliminates the need for antibiotics, the fact that the cattle take 2-3 times as long to grow to full size makes it economically beneficial for most ranchers to produce grain fed beef that is not nearly as nutritional as grass fed.
With the current state of agriculture in the United States, for Americans to get the EPA and DHA they need, supplementation is necessary. Barlean’s Ultra DPA-EHA Fish Oil offers the best combination of convenience, price and efficacy available.