Fish Oil Data-some new facts about Fish Oil
According to the renowned research
scientist and inventor of the Z one Diet Plan Dr. Barry Sears, studies
are increasingly focusing on high dose fish oil. Actually, fish oil has
been studied for some time. However, it has been looked at with more
intensity ever since the Greenland Eskimos were analyzed by Danish and
other European doctors in the 1970's. They wanted to know why the Greenlanders
suffered very little in the way of heart disease-even though they had a
lot of fat in their diets.
Fish oil effects a specific set of
hormones. The more fish oil that is consumed, broadly speaking, the more
"good" and the less "bad" eicosanoids (a certain
type of hormone) an individual will have in their body. A key for 21st
century medicine will be to balance these hormones as much as possible.
High dose pharmaceutical grade
fish oil may be the top source of omega-3 fatty acids since purification
methods have become so advanced in recent years, particularly with
molecular distillation. And quite unlike traditional cod liver oil,
newer methods have mostly eliminated impurities such as mercury and
pcb's from high-grade fish oil. Fish oil has EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are both long chain omega-3 fatty
Essential fatty acids(EFA's) are
grouped into two distinct families, omega-6 EFAs and the omega-3 EFAs.
Broadly speaking, omega 6 fatty acids promote the production of the
"bad"eicosanoids, responsible for cellular inflammation within
the very cells of the body, while long chain omega 3 fatty acids do just
The US National Institutes of
Health has recognized the benefits of DHA and EPA and has published
Recommended Daily Intakes of these important fatty acids. They recommend
a daily intake of 650 mg of DHA and EPA, and 4.44 g/day of linoleic
Dr. Sears has said that the purity
of the fish oil is the single most important factor to think of when
taking it as a supplement. To manufacture ultra refined or
pharmaceutical grade fish oil requires a lot of purification. It takes
some 100 gallons of health-food grade fish oil to make a single gallon
of ultra refined or pharmaceutical grade fish oil! Dr Sears has 13 U.S.
patents in this field of medicine, and is the author of the 1995 New
York Times bestseller 'The Zone' and several other books.
If you intend to supplement your
diet with fish oil, it may be a good idea to take pharmaceutical grade
fish oil as you do not have the same concerns about mercury and pcb's as
you may have with an inferior fish oil product.
A.M Wilmont is a writer and
researcher. For more information go to http://www.fishoil-omega3.com/