Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of essential fatty acids, i.e. fatty acids that the human body must take in through the diet or as supplements.
In particular, increased intake of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids-docoshexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) is associated with a wide range of positive health effects, including to the cardiovascular system, brain, and vision.
There is great variation among omega-3 products, and unfortunately, not all omega-3 products have proven health effects. The choice of omega-3 product, therefore, can make a big difference for you as a consumer.
Here are 5 rules that we believe are reasonable when choosing an omega-3 product. More information can be found on the Möller website.
Rule No. 1: Select the right type of omega-3!
Omega-3 fatty acid is not just one, but many different fatty acids. The use of fish oils that contains omega-3 fatty acids-EPA and DHA has been related to positive health effects.
Rule No. 2: Select the right amount of omega-3!
In order to achieve health effects, it’s important to take a large enough amount of EPA and DHA. In order to obtain a positive effect on the heart and circulation, one should get about 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids.
Rule No. 3: Select omega-3 products with high-quality oil!
One prerequisite for quality in an omega-3 product is that the oil must not be not rancid. To maintain a high quality, it requires good ingredients and a process that does not allow air to get to the omega-3 oil. It’s very hard for the consumer to check whether the omega-3 product is rancid, and it is therefore important that you only buy products from providers you trust. Unfortunately, there are no clear requirements from the authorities regarding the degree of rancidity a fish oil may have. We have established our own internal requirements that are more stringent than the oxidation requirements on cod liver oil in the European Pharmacopoeia standard.
Rule No. 4: Select a pure omega-3 product!
Purity says something about whether or not the unsuitable substances that can be found in the sea have been cleaned out of the omega-3 oil. This requires advanced technology and that thorough analyses and quality checks take place along the way. It’s very hard for the consumer to check whether the omega-3 product is pure, and it is therefore important that you only buy products from providers you trust.
Rule No. 5: Select omega-3 in natural form.
Omega-3-fatty acids as they are naturally found in fish are called triglycerides. Ethyl esters, on the other hand, are a form of fat that does not occur naturally. There is not full professional agreement on whether triglyceride omega-3 fatty acids are better than the ethyl ester omega-3 fatty acids. To get the purest product, however, you should choose omega-3 products containing triglycerides