FISH OR FISH OIL, WHICH IS BETTER?

Fish oil has become wildly popular in the last few years, as people increasingly understand the importance of omega-3 in the diet. Many believe that it can help with age-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis pain, high cholesterol, asthma, depression, ADHD, heart disease, and may even help you get gorgeous hair.  Besides that, part of the reason for fish oil’s popularity is related to concerns about the safety of eating whole fish.

 

However, the best way to get most any nutrients, including omega-3s, is from our diet. This is a well-known fact, as shown in many studies. The omega-3 fatty acids (EPA& DHA) in fish bring many health benefits especially to the heart. In fact, several studies that show no benefits of fish oil supplements do show benefits of eating fish. For example, while fish oil supplements don’t lower the risk of heart disease, studies show that people who eat fish one to four times a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never do. Eating fish and shellfish may cut risk for stroke and for the loss of memory and thinking skills that can lead to dementia.

The American Heart Association recommends eating oily fish twice a week for general health. For people who have documented heart disease, it is recommended to take 1g EPA& DHA a day and 2-4g EPA& DHA for people who have high fat in blood (hypertriglyceridemia). Generally, 2-3 ounce of fatty fish e.g. salmon, sardine, and mackerel can provide about 1g of EPA& DHA.

 

A study came out from the American Journal of Medicine that looked at fish consumption and acute coronary syndrome. It appears that eating fish helps with primary prevention of heart disease and higher consumption is associated with greater protection. Based on a total of 408,305 subjects, the researchers also found that each additional 100-gram serving of fish per week is associated with a 5 percent

reduction in risk of acute coronary syndrome

 

There was also a landmark study DART (Diet and Reinfarction) Trial that demonstrated that fish consumption was beneficial for the secondary prevention of myocardial infarction (heart attacks) with greater than or equal to two servings of fish per week. This means that eating fish helped to prevent future heart attacks after someone already had one.

ARE FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS JUST AS GOOD?

Unfortunately, there are some studies suggest that fish oil from supplement doesn't get into our body as well as fish in food form. A six-week study showed that active ingredients of EPA and DHA in fish oil capsules were not as effectively incorporated into our body's blood plasma fat particles and another study showed that the EPA content in red blood cells increased more rapidly from eating fish rather than supplements.

 

These studies seem to suggest in what they found that the EPA and DHA levels were better absorbed into our cells using natural (fish) form rather than synthetic supplement form.  One of the most significant difference between natural form and synthetic form, is the molecular form of omega 3. The natural form comes in a triglyceride (TG) and the synthetic is one is in ethyl ester (EE) form.

 

Therefore, it is easy to conclude that the TG offers better advantages over EE fish oil.  Due to triglyceride oils are the molecular form found naturally in fish, thus it is the best and closest to a natural fish to be consumed for omega 3 benefits. Based on a 6-month long study, TG fish oil is metabolized and absorbed more efficiently than an oil in the EE form.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN WOMEN

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. Fortunately, about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented with education and action.

 

Cardiovascular disease has always been thought to be a problem of middle-aged men but in women, it occurs much later when the oestrogen levels drop often from age of 40 onwards. The protective effect from oestrogen is lost and this leads to an increased risk of heart disease.

 

Do note that women’s most common heart attack symptoms can be different than what men experience. Women are somewhat more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain

THE EFFECT OF MENOPAUSE ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK

During menopause, there is a shift of fat distribution and storage in the body from hips to waists. The body shape shifts from the ‘pear’ shape to the ‘apple’ shape where women with ‘apple’ shape is at higher risk of heart diseases. Hormonal changes during menopause can cause the blood pressure to become more sensitive to salt in the diet, which leads to high blood pressure. In addition, the protective effects of oestrogen also regulates the cholesterol levels. When its level declines, the bad cholesterol (LDL) increases and good cholesterol (HDL) decreases. The consequence is fat and cholesterol build up in the blood vessels that contribute to heart attack and stroke.

WOMEN BENEFIT FROM OMEGA 3

A large Danish research project has shown that women of childbearing age who do not eat fish, experience a nearly three times increased risk of heart disease compared to those who eat the most fish. The preventive effect of omega 3 fatty acids on cardiovascular disease is attributed to their anticoagulant and anti-arrhythmic properties, their ability to lower blood levels of fat (triglycerides) and to some extent also cholesterol. More generally omega 3 constitute an important fuel for the cells. Fats are needed to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K in the body, and to transport a large number of signalling molecules and to form vital hormones. They are part of cell walls in the brain, eyes and skin and are essential for their function. Women with dry skin often lack omega 3 fatty acids.

 

Women in general are getting too little essential fats in their diet, such as the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA due to fear of getting fat. However, comparative studies done in European countries demonstrated that women with low intake of fish have the highest possibility to become fat while women with high fish intake have less tendency to gain weight. Fish oil supplement in TG form is the ideal substitute for them to obtain the benefits of omega 3 for their heart. Omega 3 in fish oil helps to build muscle while losing body fat. Overall, omega 3 in fish oil are beneficial when combined with lifestyle modifications such as good eating habit and staying active.

BENEFITS OF KORDEL’S OMEGRICH TRIGLYCERIDES FISH OIL

Kordel’s Omegrich Fish Oil 1500mg contains 3 times more omega-3 in TG form. It is odorless with light lemon taste, easy and convenient to take. Only 1-2 capsules required daily to meet the requirement for better heart health!  The benefits of this natural form of Fish Oil are:

  • Natural in TG form for optimal utilization.

  • Higher absorption: Evidence suggests that triglyceride (TG)form fish oils are better absorbed in comparison to omega 3 in most fish oil capsules. It is because most fish oils are in a chemically modified form called EE. TG form of fish oil is Higher absorption means better protection for the heart. Natural TG fish oil results in 50% more plasma EPA and DHA after absorption in comparison to EE oils.

  • Convenient: Fewer capsules are needed due to high concentration of EPA & DHA, couple with higher absorption.

  • Helps better absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D and K for better heart protection.

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