Key Recommendations for Omega-3 Supplements

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Interviewer:  Let's talk a little bit more about the supplement form. You can get them in capsules, or gel caps, liquid form. Is either more beneficial than the other in terms of bio-availability and how the body recognizes? 
Dr. Dyerberg:  To be honest, the bio-availability, which I've been focusing a lot on, has been neglected a bit, but if we eat the two things, EPA and DHA in the natural form in the fatty fish, they'll be as triglycerides. So our body is adjusted to triglycerides, spreads them to fatty acids and absorbs them, that's the way our body lives, works. So I would generally say the triglyceride form is the best, and that's was in the fish oil supplement I got when I was a kid. That was cod liver oil, it tasted like, whatever you could say there, but it tasted terrible and I got it because my mom said it's good to prevent rickets. Because it was rich in vitamin D. We didn't know a think about EPA's and I'm glad that I got it because it might have helped my brain being better than if I hadn't got that cod liver oil. So that is a liquid form and liquid forms are well absorbed. The thing is, the body absorbs liquids but your intestine, it is reacting when you get a meal. But if you only take a capsule, and a sip of water, it can be so that the intestine doesn't start the system enough, so maybe you don't get that much in born. I always recommend, when I recommend anything, take the supplement along with a meal so the system is working, or absorbing. But then again, there are different types, there's also Ethyl Esters, which is a bit less absorbed that the triglycerides, but when you take them with a meal that's okay. I mean, the difference doesn't count that much. But of course, the companies that make the product and put them into capsules for prolonged absorption, they should be able to document that things are taken in board. Bio-availability is essential, so studies on that, which are rather easy to perform, that's not a huge study, having a few persons take the supplement and measure the amount in the blood over eight hours and say, okay, it goes fine in [inaudible]. It's not that difficult a thing, it's not a huge cost to put onto companies that produce the supplement. It's as simple as that and easy to perform. And the solid documentation of that, we haven't made so much smart with our things, that it just continue through and out in the waste. That's not the idea. I don't think that's the case for very many products, or maybe none at all, but it should be documented.
What should you look for when purchasing omega-3 supplements? Dr. J?rn Dyerberg discovered omega-3 fatty acids. Here he discusses bioavailability as well as the difference between different forms of omega-3. He also has some helpful information on how to take these supplements.

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