Fish Oil Benefits

What are the Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil?

written by Vin Kutty

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fish oil benefits

Fish Oil Benefits come from the Omega-3 fats naturally found in fish oil.

Benefits are not limited to your heart health.

Scientifically Studied Fish Oil Benefits*

How much fish oil do YOU need? Read more about fish oil dosage here.

But how can one nutrient do so much?
Well, Omega-3 does not “fix” or “cure” anything.

Your body needs Omega-3 for almost every function. When you are deficient in Omega-3, your body functions poorly. Getting enough Omega-3 from fish oil just allows your body to go back to working normally.

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Fish Oil Benefits
Heart Health

Fish oil helps:

  1. Promote healthy heart beat
  2. Naturally balance triglycerides, an important heart health marker, when combined with a healthy diet and daily exercise.

This is why the American Heart Association recommends that you take 1000 mg of Omega-3 everyday.

Joint Care
Omega-3 is a comforting effect on your joints.

Omega-3:

  1. Reduces joint discomfort
  2. Reduces occasional aches from overexertion
  3. Helps reduces enzymes that harm cartilage
  4. Increases grip strength
  5. Enhances walking pace

Brain Health
More than half the fats in the brain is Omega-3 DHA. And the lining of the nerve cells in the brain is lined with Omega-3.  So, brain performance and function (cognition) is strongly influenced by the amount of Omega-3 in your diet.

Increased levels of Omega-3 helps:

  1. Helps supports proper brain function
  2. Provides DHA for proper brain membrane development

Mood
EPA Omega-3 is helpful in maintaining mood health. In several (but not all) studies, EPA has been found to be helpful in supporting a positive outlook.

 


This is why Omega-3 Has Become a Buzzword.

  1. Major health organizations want you to take Omega-3:
    • American Heart Association (AHA)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • National Institute of Health (NIH)
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Even the White House is recommending Omega-3
  2. Solid scientific proof for health benefits
  3. Media coverage

New research and studies are constantly unearthing additional fish oil benefits.
Visit OmegaVia Blog to stay up-to-date with the latest science.

* Clinical research suggests the omega-3 dosage needed to help maintain already healthy triglycerides and blood pressure is 2000-3000 mg per day when used as part of healthy diet and exercise regimen. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


    • Ollie – the only time it is OK to take 25 fish oil pills is right after a stroke, brain injury or immediately after a mining injury or something like that. Unless this bootcamp is for brain trauma survivors, you may want to rethink this approach.

      – Vin Kutty

  1. Good Morning I have a question..
    Im 20 Years old im 130 pounds (normal size) im not healthy at all. I dont like Veggies I eat alot of junk food, I want my hair to grow super long (b.c its short) I want my skin to be clear (I break out alot) && also would like my nails to grow too! Which fish oil pill you reccomend me buying at the drug store or herb mart, I dont care how much its costs i just really want a Great pill that will make my Hair grow long.. overall! thank you!!

    • Hi Ana – I have bad news for you. There is no pill that will undo the damage of bad diet, lack of sleep or high-stress lifestyle. Since you’re only 20, lack of sleep and high stress is something your body can handle a little better than a bad diet. Again, no pill can outrun poor dietary choices.

      – Vin Kutty

    • first of all if you eat lousy you are going to look and feel the same. forget the long hair, or healthy hair for that matter cause unless you change some of your eating habits you are in for a rocky road as you get older. I would suggest you start with a real good multi vitamin mineral supplement. you can’t get what you’re looking for with just a fish pill. ALIVE by natures way if a good whole food multi that’s reasonably priced to start with. its a whole food supplement. walmart sells it as will as a good fish oil softgel. or you can get it online. if you don’t like vegetables get a little blender and do some combinations. they taste really good and its instant nutrition. cmbining fruits and vegetables gets the best taste. you will also need extra potassium, magnesium, calcium citrate, vitamin c and zinc. and I would also get a good eye vitamin. puritans pride has one called VISION 20/20. you would be amazed at how poor eating habits will effect your eyes. it won’t happen next week but you can be sure IT WILL HAPPEN. if you don’t end up with cancer I would be surprised cause the junk foods has a lot of bad things added to it. as does processed foods. start adding foods you don’t like and don’t eat one at a time and when you get that incorporated into your diet good add something else. believe me you don’t want to continue on the path you are on.

  2. Good Morning I have a question..
    Im 20 Years old im 130 pounds (normal size) im not healthy at all. I dont like Veggies I eat alot of junk food, I want my hair to grow super long (b.c its short) I want my skin to be clear (I break out alot) && also would like my nails to grow too! Which fish oil pill you reccomend me buying at the drug store or herb mart, I dont care how much its costs i just really want a Great pill that will make my Hair grow long.. overall! thank you!!

    • Hi Ana – I have bad news for you. There is no pill that will undo the damage of bad diet, lack of sleep or high-stress lifestyle. Since you’re only 20, lack of sleep and high stress is something your body can handle a little better than a bad diet. Again, no pill can outrun poor dietary choices.

      – Vin Kutty

    • first of all if you eat lousy you are going to look and feel the same. forget the long hair, or healthy hair for that matter cause unless you change some of your eating habits you are in for a rocky road as you get older. I would suggest you start with a real good multi vitamin mineral supplement. you can’t get what you’re looking for with just a fish pill. ALIVE by natures way if a good whole food multi that’s reasonably priced to start with. its a whole food supplement. walmart sells it as will as a good fish oil softgel. or you can get it online. if you don’t like vegetables get a little blender and do some combinations. they taste really good and its instant nutrition. cmbining fruits and vegetables gets the best taste. you will also need extra potassium, magnesium, calcium citrate, vitamin c and zinc. and I would also get a good eye vitamin. puritans pride has one called VISION 20/20. you would be amazed at how poor eating habits will effect your eyes. it won’t happen next week but you can be sure IT WILL HAPPEN. if you don’t end up with cancer I would be surprised cause the junk foods has a lot of bad things added to it. as does processed foods. start adding foods you don’t like and don’t eat one at a time and when you get that incorporated into your diet good add something else. believe me you don’t want to continue on the path you are on.

  3. I just received my prime-mail prescription of Lovaza. I was shocked to see my portion of the bill!! When my dr. told me it was a “tad” more expensive than what I was taking before, I did not expect a 300% increase! This first shipment is being chalked up to a live and learn experience. I cannot afford to continue with Lovaza after this first 90 days is gone. My triglycerides need regulation. My current Lovaza dosage is 2 1GM capsules twice daily. What dosage Omegavia would you suggest if I want to try that next?

    • Hi Amy – the recommended dosage for triglycerides is 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day when combined with a healthy diet and exercise plan, which translates to 3 or 4 pills per day of OmegaVia.

  4. I just received my prime-mail prescription of Lovaza. I was shocked to see my portion of the bill!! When my dr. told me it was a “tad” more expensive than what I was taking before, I did not expect a 300% increase! This first shipment is being chalked up to a live and learn experience. I cannot afford to continue with Lovaza after this first 90 days is gone. My triglycerides need regulation. My current Lovaza dosage is 2 1GM capsules twice daily. What dosage Omegavia would you suggest if I want to try that next?

    • Hi Amy – the recommended dosage for triglycerides is 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day when combined with a healthy diet and exercise plan, which translates to 3 or 4 pills per day of OmegaVia.

  5. Hi Vin. I’ve read a lot of articles saying it’s important to take a higher quality fish oil. Could you recommend a few brands I would be able to purchase (Preferably from a store but online recommendations I’d also appreciate). Thank you for the information.

  6. Hi Vin. I’ve read a lot of articles saying it’s important to take a higher quality fish oil. Could you recommend a few brands I would be able to purchase (Preferably from a store but online recommendations I’d also appreciate). Thank you for the information.

  7. Vin, the omega-3 in Omega XL (glorified in the Larry King Infomercial) is made from the green-lipped mussel harvested in New Zealand. Are you aware of any advantages of omega-3 derived from the green-lipped mussel as opposed to the omega-3 derived from fish oil?

    • Hi RWM – no, the Omega-3 found in green lipped mussels are not notably different from fish oil krill. Some of the ratios may be a little different. These mussels do contain some other potentially anti-inflammatory components that may or may not be included in Omega XL or one of the several other green lipped mussel products. Like krill, the oil is very weak in Omega-3. And like krill, the perceived benefits may be coming from the non-Omega-3 components. Unlike krill, which is gradually building a body of scientific evidence, this stuff is mostly clouded in fog and mystery. I maintain that green lipped mussel works for people because of the other stuff that’s not declared on the label. There’s not enough Omega-3 to make dramatic improvement in health. That’s OK – I’d just like to know what the ‘other stuff’ is and how much is in each pill.

  8. Vin, the omega-3 in Omega XL (glorified in the Larry King Infomercial) is made from the green-lipped mussel harvested in New Zealand. Are you aware of any advantages of omega-3 derived from the green-lipped mussel as opposed to the omega-3 derived from fish oil?

    • Hi RWM – no, the Omega-3 found in green lipped mussels are not notably different from fish oil krill. Some of the ratios may be a little different. These mussels do contain some other potentially anti-inflammatory components that may or may not be included in Omega XL or one of the several other green lipped mussel products. Like krill, the oil is very weak in Omega-3. And like krill, the perceived benefits may be coming from the non-Omega-3 components. Unlike krill, which is gradually building a body of scientific evidence, this stuff is mostly clouded in fog and mystery. I maintain that green lipped mussel works for people because of the other stuff that’s not declared on the label. There’s not enough Omega-3 to make dramatic improvement in health. That’s OK – I’d just like to know what the ‘other stuff’ is and how much is in each pill.

  9. I’ve managed to ferret out that the Omega XL folks claim the product contains thirty fatty acids in each capsule: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), Palmitic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Stearic acid, Vaccenic acid, Linoleic acid (an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid), Linoelaidic acid (an omega-6 trans fatty acid), Oleic acid (an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid), Nervonic acid (an omega-9 monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid), Arachidonic acid (AA), Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), Heptadecanoic acid, Eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), Arachidic acid, Elaidic acid, Linolenic acid (GLA), Gadoleic acid, Eicosadienoic acid (EDA), Behenic acid, Tricosanoic acid, Butyric acid, Caprylic acid, Capric acid, Undecanoic acid, Lauric acid, Pentadecanoic acid, and Myristic acid.

    Which of these fatty acids would you characerize as beneficial and which would you characterize as harmful or not beneficial?

    Are any or all of these fatty acids present in omega-3 fish oil?

    • Hi RWM – Palmitic acid is a potential heart problem. It is found as a ‘contaminant’ in Seabuckthorn Omega-7 oils. Arachidonic acid is highly inflammatory and is the by-product of Omega-6 metabolism. I avoid it. There are other fatty acids on that list that my have a negative effect, but we simply dont know enough about them. Most are probably neutral.

      Beneficial ones are EPA, DHA, ALA, Palmitoleic (Omega-7), DPA, ETA, ETE, GLA…

      Stearic and oleic are probably neutral.

      Having said all this, Linoleic and its metabolic end-product Arachidonic has its place in the human diet – we need it in small amounts. Even a slight excess can cause issues. Large excess amounts of the ‘good’ fatty acids can also turn on you. That’s just the way our bodies react to dietary components.

      Most of these fatty acids are present in low-potency fish oils, where EPA levels are less than 15-20%. Also in meats, eggs, seafood, olive oil etc. You will even find a few of them in highly purified oils like OmegaVia where EPA is higher than 60%, but at parts per million levels. Another technical (rhetorical) question: how do we define ‘present’? Parts per million? billion? trillion?

  10. Dear Vın,

    First of all I have to thank you for your clear info about fish oil. I think you will not remember me. Two years ago I gave Omegavia order to you but I couldn’t get because of Turkish customs. And I have asked to you may I use Carlsons Liquid form. Because Nordic Naturals are extremely expensive in Turkey. But on the internet I saw a link as below.

    http://www.vitguide.com/carlson-fish-oil/

    So I am wondering if am I getting heavy metals to my body by giving extra money to fish oils. I need your help. How can I be sure that Carlsons products are reliable? I sent an e-mail to Carlson but nobody give me an answer I think they think that a persons questions from Turkey is negligible 🙁

    Best Regards

    Mehmet

    • Hi Mehmet – yes, I remember you. I would not pay much attention to that review of Carlsons Fish Oil. Nordic Naturals is better, but Carlsons is still fine. I don’t think heavy metals are a problem with Carlsons but the only way to know for sure is to get the company to share some details. I would keep taking Carlsons if I were you.

  11. Dear Vın,

    First of all I have to thank you for your clear info about fish oil. I think you will not remember me. Two years ago I gave Omegavia order to you but I couldn’t get because of Turkish customs. And I have asked to you may I use Carlsons Liquid form. Because Nordic Naturals are extremely expensive in Turkey. But on the internet I saw a link as below.

    http://www.vitguide.com/carlson-fish-oil/

    So I am wondering if am I getting heavy metals to my body by giving extra money to fish oils. I need your help. How can I be sure that Carlsons products are reliable? I sent an e-mail to Carlson but nobody give me an answer I think they think that a persons questions from Turkey is negligible 🙁

    Best Regards

    Mehmet

  12. You have mentioned in your blogs that Gluten found in wheat products like Roti, bread etc is harmful. It will raise the TG levels. I have been trying to research on this on various websites and I gather that Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, rye and barley. It’s found in most breads, cereals, pastas and many processed foods. People who have a condition called celiac disease need to avoid this. I do not see any relation between Gluten and TG.
    Reference site –>>
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/12/why-shouldnt-go-gluten-free/

    Please advice , what am I missing.

    • Hi Ritz – gluten will not affect your triglyceride levels. Wheat contains gluten. Gluten can be bad for you. Wheat also contains carbs that increase TG. But this does not mean gluten increases TG.

      While gluten can wreak havoc in people who are gluten sensitive, it will not change TG levels. It is the starch and carbs, particularly Amylopectin A in wheat that spikes your blood sugar and THAT is what gets converted to triglyceride.

      Gluten is just one of many toxins in wheat.

  13. You have mentioned in your blogs that Gluten found in wheat products like Roti, bread etc is harmful. It will raise the TG levels. I have been trying to research on this on various websites and I gather that Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, rye and barley. It’s found in most breads, cereals, pastas and many processed foods. People who have a condition called celiac disease need to avoid this. I do not see any relation between Gluten and TG.
    Reference site –>>
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/12/why-shouldnt-go-gluten-free/

    Please advice , what am I missing.

  14. How do I lower a genetic high LDL? I eat we’ll weigh 125, exercise, take 1000mg of krill per day, asa 81mg, and cholestat. The krill and Cholestat which is sugar cane I get from an organic health food place. I take notice the EPA is 188mg and DHA is112mg. I cannot take statins..bad side effect.
    Please send me some direction on how to manage this…what I am taking did not touch my LDL…help I do know DHA increases your LDL help!

    • Hi Marie – here’s the good news: we now know that your genetic expression is strongly influenced by diet and lifestyle. You have a lot more control over your LDL levels than your genetics. Another piece of good news is that you may/may not have the bad kind of LDL (small dense type) and number of LDL particles (LDL-P) may/may not be high. If you’re just looking at the basic lipid panel, the LDL number on it (LDL-C) is a calculated number and not measured and it is often not very telling about your true risk. I’m not saying you have nothing to worry about – that’s your doctor’s job. I’m just saying that you may not know the true risk based on your LDL-C number.

      The bad news:
      1. Krill oil or fish oil by itself will not budge your LDL numbers much. Definitely not with the amount of krill you’re taking.
      2. Real reduction in LDL will only happen if you completely get rid of sugar, sweets, juices, sodas, flour or better yet, all grains from your diet. This is not easy. That’s why I called it ‘bad news.’ Ideally, your diet should contain mostly non-starchy vegetables, meats, seafood, eggs, nuts and some dark berries. Avoid all processed foods. Be very, very generous with olive oil.

      If you go on a strictly low-carb diet for 2 months before your next blood draw, you will have proven to yourself the effect diet can have on your LDL. Adding exercise will lower LDL even more, but then you wont know which lowered your LDL more – diet or exercise.

      • Will do. I’ll let you know after my blood draw in two months. Can wine be included in my diet…I’m Italian and giving up carbs is bad enough…I normally drink a Brunello..deep red..merlot..let me know..thanks

        • Hi Marie – a little red is fine. Actually it could bump up your HDL in small doses. 🙂

          I can no longer eat 90% of what I ate in Italy…sigh. But the true ‘Mediterranean diet’ is mostly seafood, veggies, olive oil and a little fruits and whole grains.

  15. How do I lower a genetic high LDL? I eat we’ll weigh 125, exercise, take 1000mg of krill per day, asa 81mg, and cholestat. The krill and Cholestat which is sugar cane I get from an organic health food place. I take notice the EPA is 188mg and DHA is112mg. I cannot take statins..bad side effect.
    Please send me some direction on how to manage this…what I am taking did not touch my LDL…help I do know DHA increases your LDL help!

    • Hi Marie – here’s the good news: we now know that your genetic expression is strongly influenced by diet and lifestyle. You have a lot more control over your LDL levels than your genetics. Another piece of good news is that you may/may not have the bad kind of LDL (small dense type) and number of LDL particles (LDL-P) may/may not be high. If you’re just looking at the basic lipid panel, the LDL number on it (LDL-C) is a calculated number and not measured and it is often not very telling about your true risk. I’m not saying you have nothing to worry about – that’s your doctor’s job. I’m just saying that you may not know the true risk based on your LDL-C number.

      The bad news:
      1. Krill oil or fish oil by itself will not budge your LDL numbers much. Definitely not with the amount of krill you’re taking.
      2. Real reduction in LDL will only happen if you completely get rid of sugar, sweets, juices, sodas, flour or better yet, all grains from your diet. This is not easy. That’s why I called it ‘bad news.’ Ideally, your diet should contain mostly non-starchy vegetables, meats, seafood, eggs, nuts and some dark berries. Avoid all processed foods. Be very, very generous with olive oil.

      If you go on a strictly low-carb diet for 2 months before your next blood draw, you will have proven to yourself the effect diet can have on your LDL. Adding exercise will lower LDL even more, but then you wont know which lowered your LDL more – diet or exercise.

  16. Hi Vin,

    Are there any recommendation of Omega-3(DHA&EPA) intake for the children with 1-3 years and 3-17years? Thanks.

    Eric

    • Hi Eric – there are no firm recommendations, but I would say 100 to 300 mg per day for < 3 years. I am sure my kids got a lot more than 300 mg per day on days they at seafood. For the older group, especially teenagers, I'd recommend 1000 mg per day. Teenagers eat such horrible stuff that they could probably use a little more, but 1000 mg is a rough guide.

  17. I want to take 4 Kirkland fish oil pills for my arthritis. Can I do that? How many would you recommend?
    I’m 60 years old,
    I exercise for 1 hour everyday,
    I have horrible pain from my shoulder because of arthritis,
    Also, is there any other vitamin I should take to eliminate the pain and feel free again.

    Please help me, I love sports and I can’t imagine myself sitting around watching worthless TV.
    Thank you,
    Corey Bullocks

    • Hi Corey – I love your enthusiasm for activity and wish more of us felt that way. If you’re looking for fish oil at Costco, I suggest you get the Kirkland One-Per-day Omega-3. But the name is deceiving. (Dont buy the cheap stuff – hundreds of pills for $10.) You will certainly need more than 1 if you want to reduce your inflammation. Probably at least 2 or 3. Taking it with a baby aspirin and a meal will help a little more.

  18. I have mild psoriasis. I am 43 years old. I had guttate psoriasis once right after strep throat. My D level were under 30. I used to take Carlson’s Cod liver oil with vitamins D3 and went tanning booth. It cleared up completely but a very few mild psoriasis left on my legs. My D level were 50. Now, I am concerned about vitamins A toxicity in cod liver oil or should I not be? I am thinking to switch to Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil like OmegaVia and vitamins D3 5000mg. What do you think? Thanks, Michelle

    • Hi Michelle – don’t be scared of Vitamin A toxicity from taking cod liver oil. My suspicion is that you probably are still not getting enough Vitamin A. There is very little Vitamin A in this product and most other modern cod liver oils. It is possible that the Vitamin A had something to do with your skin clearing up. One teaspoon of your cod liver oil has 1250 IU of Vitamin A. It’s just enough to prevent deficiency symptoms. I take 25,000 IU of Vitamin A a couple of times a week with this product: http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Vitamin-25000-Soft-gels/dp/B001B4P0I6/

      You might think it is funny or crazy that I’m asking you to take more of what you’re trying to avoid. This just shows how confused people have become about diet and nutrition.

      Do whatever you can to reduce inflammation. Reduce sugar and Omega-6. IF you’re sensitive to gluten, remove wheat as well. Look into a high-vegetable version of the paleo diet.

  19. I have mild psoriasis. I am 43 years old. I had guttate psoriasis once right after strep throat. My D level were under 30. I used to take Carlson’s Cod liver oil with vitamins D3 and went tanning booth. It cleared up completely but a very few mild psoriasis left on my legs. My D level were 50. Now, I am concerned about vitamins A toxicity in cod liver oil or should I not be? I am thinking to switch to Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil like OmegaVia and vitamins D3 5000mg. What do you think? Thanks, Michelle

  20. Does Omega-3 Fish Oil (1000mg, daily), regardless of brand, help with clear and healthy skin, particularly acne? Also, is Lysine healthy to take daily? I was told it was also beneficial for healthy skin.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Taylor – 1000 mg of Omega-3 is better than nothing, but it is low potency. May be take 2 or 3 per day. You need to cut out sugar, wheat and dairy to start seeing true improvements in skin. Also a whole foods only diet like Paleo will help a lot. Lysine is OK but you’ll notice much better results if you get these nutrients from food instead of supplements.

  21. Does Omega-3 Fish Oil (1000mg, daily), regardless of brand, help with clear and healthy skin, particularly acne? Also, is Lysine healthy to take daily? I was told it was also beneficial for healthy skin.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Taylor – 1000 mg of Omega-3 is better than nothing, but it is low potency. May be take 2 or 3 per day. You need to cut out sugar, wheat and dairy to start seeing true improvements in skin. Also a whole foods only diet like Paleo will help a lot. Lysine is OK but you’ll notice much better results if you get these nutrients from food instead of supplements.

  22. I have had an awful problem with eczema around my eyes. I cannot figure out the cause of it. Would fish oil be helpful? If so, how much should I take?

    • Hi Sharon – it is due to inflammation. There are SEVERAL things that cause inflammation – usually diet. I would start with an anti-inflammatory diet like Paleo or Zone. Fish oil reduces inflammation, so if taken on top of a diet like that, it should help reduce it.

  23. Hi, i am 20 yrs old girl. I start to take omega 3 6 & 9 and spirulina about 2 months ago.. a day after i took these supplement, all my acnes(about 12) come out from both of my cheeks and it never comes out after that. However, it left sooo many scars on my cheek. And some of the acnes that comes out 2 months ago are not actually ‘dead’ until today.. what should i do?

    • Hi Hawa – dont take that product. Taking Omega-3 products that also contains Omega-6 can sometimes worsen your acne. Take Omega-3 only. Acne can easily be controlled with diet – eliminate sugar, wheat, and dairy. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats.

  24. Hi, i am 20 yrs old girl. I start to take omega 3 6 & 9 and spirulina about 2 months ago.. a day after i took these supplement, all my acnes(about 12) come out from both of my cheeks and it never comes out after that. However, it left sooo many scars on my cheek. And some of the acnes that comes out 2 months ago are not actually ‘dead’ until today.. what should i do?

  25. I have been taking 300mg of Omega-3 Krill Oil for 5 years now and am looking into increasing it to 1000mg, but am concerned about the stated raise in Arachidonic Acid AA levels. The research on this is all over the place-with some stating that Omega-3 Krill Lowers the AA levels and some state that it Raises it. I like the benefits of the Krill and the fact that you only need to take 1 capsule a day and no fishy aftertaste, but am wondering if it might be safer to go with the Fish Oils and avoid the AA controversy?

    • Hi William – I have not seen any published science that shows krill oil LOWERS Arachidonic acid levels however, there is one published report of it increasing it moderately. For now, I’ll call krill’s effect on AA a wash. Your decision to stay or move away from krill ultimately becomes one of cost. If you consume krill oil at sufficient levels, you will see similar effects to that of fish oil…except, with krill oil, you get phospholipids, which are good for your brain. Roughly speaking, you need about 600 to 700 mg of Omega-3 from krill to equal the benefits of 1000 mg of Omega-3 from fish oil. Krill oil Omega-3 is roughly 1.6X better absorbed than fish oil Omega-3. But you get that advantage at about 8 to 10X premium. So you have been taking a near-placebo level dose of krill for 5 years. Even with 1000 mg of krill oil, you will still be at near placebo levels. I think you’re FAR better off taking a concentrated fish oil and getting your phospholipids from egg yolks. Or you can take a good fish oil supplement and add a 300 mg krill oil just for the phospholipids because any benefit you felt from the krill oil came from the phospholipids and not the Omega-3.

  26. I have been taking 300mg of Omega-3 Krill Oil for 5 years now and am looking into increasing it to 1000mg, but am concerned about the stated raise in Arachidonic Acid AA levels. The research on this is all over the place-with some stating that Omega-3 Krill Lowers the AA levels and some state that it Raises it. I like the benefits of the Krill and the fact that you only need to take 1 capsule a day and no fishy aftertaste, but am wondering if it might be safer to go with the Fish Oils and avoid the AA controversy?

    • Hi William – I have not seen any published science that shows krill oil LOWERS Arachidonic acid levels however, there is one published report of it increasing it moderately. For now, I’ll call krill’s effect on AA a wash. Your decision to stay or move away from krill ultimately becomes one of cost. If you consume krill oil at sufficient levels, you will see similar effects to that of fish oil…except, with krill oil, you get phospholipids, which are good for your brain. Roughly speaking, you need about 600 to 700 mg of Omega-3 from krill to equal the benefits of 1000 mg of Omega-3 from fish oil. Krill oil Omega-3 is roughly 1.6X better absorbed than fish oil Omega-3. But you get that advantage at about 8 to 10X premium. So you have been taking a near-placebo level dose of krill for 5 years. Even with 1000 mg of krill oil, you will still be at near placebo levels. I think you’re FAR better off taking a concentrated fish oil and getting your phospholipids from egg yolks. Or you can take a good fish oil supplement and add a 300 mg krill oil just for the phospholipids because any benefit you felt from the krill oil came from the phospholipids and not the Omega-3.

  27. Hello Vin, Thank you much for the speedy reply! Can you recommend any burpless Fish Oil capsules(hopefully in a 1 capsule dose) for the needed dosage?

  28. My son Matthew was in a snow tubing accident Feb 16, 2014. In which he suffered fractions in the face, almost lost his right eye, and a very bad concession. That has cause a great deal of short-term memory loss. I was at a Dr. appt and a woman there that works with brain injury everyday. She recommend that my son start Fish Oil pills but, I was unsure of what to do, my son goes back to the Dr next week, was going to wait and ask him about it. What are comments on this??

  29. My son Matthew was in a snow tubing accident Feb 16, 2014. In which he suffered fractions in the face, almost lost his right eye, and a very bad concession. That has cause a great deal of short-term memory loss. I was at a Dr. appt and a woman there that works with brain injury everyday. She recommend that my son start Fish Oil pills but, I was unsure of what to do, my son goes back to the Dr next week, was going to wait and ask him about it. What are comments on this??

  30. Hi Vin, I am planning to buy a good quality fish oil for my 65 year old dad. Is it advisable to purchase Ubiquinol to enhance absorption of fish oil? Thanks.

    • Hi Ashish – both Omega-3 and CoQ10 are good for 65 year olds. But adding Ubiquinol CoQ10 will be affect Omega-3 absorption. However, both are better absorbed if consumed with a meal.

  31. Hi Vin, I am planning to buy a good quality fish oil for my 65 year old dad. Is it advisable to purchase Ubiquinol to enhance absorption of fish oil? Thanks.

    • Hi Ashish – both Omega-3 and CoQ10 are good for 65 year olds. But adding Ubiquinol CoQ10 will be affect Omega-3 absorption. However, both are better absorbed if consumed with a meal.

  32. I have fissures on my tongue that looks ugly and in the middle of it is a large one, it is split a little less than 1/8 of an inch deep & is 1 1/8″ long; in the lower 1/3 of my tongue near the tip. I think I need surgery! I have no clue what kind of doctor to go to dentists have no clue. Do you have any idea what this is from? I brush my tongue & have geographic tongue also, loss of little bumps. Can fish oil help skin in the mouth?

  33. I have fissures on my tongue that looks ugly and in the middle of it is a large one, it is split a little less than 1/8 of an inch deep & is 1 1/8″ long; in the lower 1/3 of my tongue near the tip. I think I need surgery! I have no clue what kind of doctor to go to dentists have no clue. Do you have any idea what this is from? I brush my tongue & have geographic tongue also, loss of little bumps. Can fish oil help skin in the mouth?

  34. I am sufferring from Gout attack very frequently how much Omega 3 I should take and will it benifit for my Gout attacks.

    • Hi Faisal – Omega-3 is unlikely to help with curing gout. However, reducing sugar and fructose (soft drinks) may help.

  35. I am sufferring from Gout attack very frequently how much Omega 3 I should take and will it benifit for my Gout attacks.

    • Hi Faisal – Omega-3 is unlikely to help with curing gout. However, reducing sugar and fructose (soft drinks) may help.

  36. Hello. I am a 41year old female. I suffer from costochondritis and also have two bulging discs with sciatic pain. I have much inflammation with these conditions. I am in physical therapy as well as in the process of trying steroid injections in an effort to avoid back surgery. Do you think this oil may benefit me? Thank you for your reply.

    • Hi Ronni – if you have inflammation, you should definitely try Omega-3 and Curcumin. Try taking 2000 to 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day, along with Curcumin. Our sister company makes a good Curcumin/turmeric product available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L775W3U
      Check with your doctor to make sure that there are no contraindications to the medications you may be taking.

  37. Hello. I am a 41year old female. I suffer from costochondritis and also have two bulging discs with sciatic pain. I have much inflammation with these conditions. I am in physical therapy as well as in the process of trying steroid injections in an effort to avoid back surgery. Do you think this oil may benefit me? Thank you for your reply.

    • Hi Ronni – if you have inflammation, you should definitely try Omega-3 and Curcumin. Try taking 2000 to 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day, along with Curcumin. Our sister company makes a good Curcumin/turmeric product available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L775W3U
      Check with your doctor to make sure that there are no contraindications to the medications you may be taking.

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