Today I want to talk about a supplement I just started taking regularly, Fish Oil.
I told you a couple weeks ago that I made my first trip to Sam’s Club and got a few items. Fish Oil in particular is what I want to emphasize here 🙂
I’m not really sure if this was the BEST deal, but it was a good deal. After I bought the fish oil from Sam’s I saw it on sale, BOGO at Kroger.
Here is the difference in what I saw:
Sams: 150 softgels- 1400 mg tablet – with total Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA +DHA) equaling 900 mg came to around 20.00.
Kroger: 300 softgetls- 1200 tablet – with total Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA + DHA) equaling 720 mg came to 24.99- BOGO (Buy one get one free) So Kroger was probably a better choice for the money I would say!
Why Am I talking About Fish Oil?
Here are 5 reasons Fish Oil will make you Stronger, Leaner, and Healthier!
- Helps Lose Body Fat
- Helps Build Muscle
- Decreases Inflammation, Enhancing Body Composition
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Metabolism
- Helps Get The Right Ratio Of Fish Oil To Other Fats For Body Composition
Number 3 is one of the main things I want to highlight here. If you work out intensely like I do (I do crossfit 5-6 days per week) you do not want MUSCLE SWELLING and to be SORE all the time! High intensity weight training causes an increase in inflammation. Fish oil will help rebuild your muscles, decrease hormones that cause inflammation, and help your overall performance!
- Free of soy (including lecithin), dairy, wheat, rice, sweeteners or other artificial ingredients.
- Look at the EPA and DHA amounts per serving – that’s far more important than the “total fish oil” amount.
- Liquid forms are often more concentrated than pills, and don’t have the additional ingredients found in capsules or pills with enteric coating
EPA and DHA
“EPA and DHA are specific types of polyunsatured omega-3 fatty acids. Your body cannot produce these fatty acids – you must get them from the food you eat, or via supplementation. EPA and DHA are natural anti-inflammatory agents, and as such, play a role in brain health, heart health, protection against cancer, Alzheimer’s and depression, improvement of skin conditions like psoriasis and acne, fetal brain development, inflammatory bowel disorders, and arthritis, to name a few.”
“EPA and DHA supplementation has been suggested to support muscle protein synthesis and limit muscle protein degradation. This can mean less muscle breakdown and more muscle growth.”
How Much Should You Take?
In order to gain the body composition and muscle metabolic benefits of these two fatty acids, the recommended amount you should consume is around 2-4 g of EPA & DHA combined every day.
I’ve heard that the max dose should be taking is 4 grams per day, and your body will tell you if you are taking too much (things will move along too quickly if you know what I mean). This is another reason you should only be taking high quality fish oil!
Do you take Fish Oil or Other Vitamins Regularly?