Double Strength Fish Oil – Unraveling The Mystery Surrounding Double Strength Fish Oil
We live in a world where terms like extra strength or fast acting mean a lot. After all, the last time you were saddled with a stress or sinus headache chances are you reached for the product that proudly proclaimed it was extra strength and/or fast acting. So generally speaking in today’s society more is better.
But what about nutritional supplements derived from fish? Could it be possible that certain types of fish or fish supplemental oils could contain approximately double the amount of the omega 3 fatty acids credited with giving fish oil its healing power over inflammation, mental disorders, and cardiovascular disease?
The last time you went fishing and got one on the line did you yell to your buddies that you believe you just might have that double strength fish oil fish on the other end of the line? After hearing this did everyone immediately stop what they were doing? Unless you live another planet this scenario is not likely to happen.
But in all seriousness there are a handful of products available that do contain higher levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and to a lesser extent EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
On average the fish nutritional supplement oil found on the shelves of your favorite drugstore, supermarket, or superstore contain about 300 mg of DHA/EPA per fish oil caplet which is harvested from two of the cheapest sources of fish oil available (sardines and anchovies). This is pretty standard actually though some of the cheapest fish oil brands may use soy or other fillers to make this threshold while keeping the cost very low.
In truth as long as a brand is using sardines and anchovies as their source for DHA and EPA around 300 mg of omega 3 fatty acids is just about as good as they can do.
What this means is that in order to produce an improved strength or double strength fish oil the type, or types, of fish used in the process will have to be changed, or at the very least modified.
Some forward thinking manufacturers have added mackerel to the sardine/anchovy mix in an attempt to boost omega 3 fatty acid content, but while helpful, this addition doesn’t even come close to rising to level of double strength fish oil.
But there are a select few fish oil manufacturers who have absorbed the extra cost involved with substituting more expensive fish to boost DHA/EPA levels. This action has resulted in fish oil supplements which come close to rising to the level of double strength fish oil.
One of these manufacturers is Xtend-Life. Xtend-Life is the only one that derives its omega 3 rich fish oil from hoki and tuna. This brand was also ranked as one of the highest in purity, far above minimum government requirements. While not double the 300 mg of omega 3 fatty acids Xtend-Life fish oil did have 500 mg of omega 3 fatty acids. This was the highest omega fatty acid content by far of any of the brands I compared.
In conclusion, it is my opinion that double strength fish oil products do not currently exists unless your basis for comparison is a low grade, substandard, brand of fish oil. Nevertheless, it is clear that there are affordable brands which are clearly superior to others when it comes to DHA and EPA content.
Rob Hawkins has spent the last 20 years as an enthusiastic advocate promoting the benefits of natural lifestyle supported by the use of complementary herbal and natural medicines, with much of the last ten dedicated to spreading the word online.