What’s the best fish oil supplement available? Why is it superior? What’s are important things to look for when choosing a fish oil? What health benefits can I expect from a good fish oil?
We will set out to tackle these questions in this article.
The first time I gave fish oil a chance I wasn’t impressed with the results
Several years ago I heard a lot of good things about fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. After doing some research about the benefits, I decided I’d fork over some hard-earned dough and buy myself some.
I went to the grocery store and bought some cheap fish oil. I needed to take 3 big capsules to get the effective dose. I burped up a fishy taste routinely and I didn’t feel a difference.
I quit taking fish oil and decided it was a worthless supplement for me.
I gave fish oil a second chance
Luckily, I decided to try fish oil again. This time I would try to buy the best product I could find.
I went to Super Supplements in my home town and MorEPA Platinum caught my eye. I was impressed with the science I read on the box. I asked a girl who worked there (not telling her what brand I was looking at) what brand seemed to work best for people.
She said MorEPA Platinum.
I bought my first bottle of MorEPA Platinum
I was impressed and despite the more expensive price at around $20 a bottle, I said what the heck and gave it a shot.
I’m glad I did.
At the time I was working as a pharmacist at a high volume retail pharmacy with some challenging patients. The pressure and stress-load could be pretty unforgiving.
The first day I took this fish oil supplement I couldn’t believe the difference.
- My thinking was clear and swift
- My problem solving was rapid and decisive
- My mood was calm and focused
- My feathers could not be ruffled
At some point I realized that I should be feeling overwhelmed… but oddly, I wasn’t.
It’s like all the stress and pressure was sitting below me as I watched them above on a pedestal. With this new perspective I could navigate difficult terrain without losing my sanity.
This stuff was great.
My review of MorEPA Platinum
What to look for in a fish oil supplement
Therapeutic dose of DHA and EPA in a single capsule
DHA and EPA are specific omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil that have been researched to produce the most therapeutic outcomes in people. You want a supplement that can supply you around 500 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA. A “therapeutic dose” is the dose or amount it takes to produce the desired health benefits from the supplement. Its convenient to have this therapeutic dose in one capsule.
You want a brand that has minimal fillers. Many brands have capsules that contain more than 60% saturated fat and other fillers. Extra purity also means you get more in a smaller space… which means you have to take less pills to get the same effect as many less potent pills.
Superior extraction techniques
Many fish oil companies use distillation extraction techniques that require high heat that can damage, denature and oxidize fish oil. Oxidized fish oil is not only useless to the body it can be very disruptive. This can also cause the fish oil to go rancid faster.
Other extraction methods use industrial solvents such as hexane and acetone to separate the oil from its source. Residue from these solvents can be left over from the extraction process. Needless to say its not healthy to consume these. Using these chemicals can also eventually lead to runoff into the environment. Extraction using these solvents is not considered a “Green” practice.
With worries and concerns over mercury in fish (most companies source from anchovies, mackerel and tuna), dioxin and PCBs that are common among less than superior fish oil products, it’s important to do your research on the company and product you choose to buy from.
No fishy burps
Many fish oil supplements not only tend to cause you to burp… they cause you to burp a less than pleasant fish taste. Don’t want to take one of those before a date or night out.
Some companies have added natural flavoring, usually lemon or orange, so that if you burp it is a pleasant citrus taste.
Addition of vitamin D
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is something our society seems to be becoming more and more deficient of. Vitamin D enhances absorption of many important trace minerals and has a big impact on mood, brain health, immune system and many other health components. High dose vitamin D is used as an adjunct treatment to alleviate symptoms of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Both fish oil and vitamin D are fat soluble and extremely effective and promoting optimal brain health and to aid in other important body functions.
Adding vitamin D is not crucial but an added bonus.
Works best for you and your body
Great products will be work for many but not everyone. Everyone responds to things differently based on unique physiology and genetics.
Find what works for you and stick with it.
Meeting the criteria
MorEPA meets all of the criteria above (the last one being subjective for me). MorEPA Platinum is the only company that uses patented carbon dioxide extraction.
Even high-quality companies like Nordic Naturals use distillation with higher heats. Nordic Natural has a really great informational pdf called Distilling Fact From Fiction: Fish Oil Manufacturing Clarifed. It’s really interesting if you’re into the science side of things or just interested in the way things work.
Also check out the MorEPA Platinum/Minami Nutrition website.
Health benefits and conditions treated by fish oil
- Cardiovascular health
- Triglyceride lowering
- Pregnancy (baby neural development)
About Minami Nutrition
Minami Nutrition actually partnered with Garden of Life brand to market it. Garden of Life is known for an array of excellent supplement products.
Brian Ray, President of Garden of Life was excited about partnering up with this cutting-edge fish oil company and had this to say,
“Minami is truly special in a very crowded fish oil category. The products deliver among the highest concentrations of meaningful Omega-3’s – which means more beneficial Omega-3 in smaller and less pills – and their oil has among the lowest amount of saturated fat or fillers available. Minami does this by being the first company to provide 100% Supercritically Distilled Omega-3 fatty acids on the market. On top of all of that, Minami is truly a premium fish oil offered at surprisingly affordable prices.”
The bottom line… it works
MorEPA Platinum works for me. I’ve recommended it to friends, family and patients with much success.
Fish oil, and a quality one such as this, is a supplement that I consider indispensable for me.
I switched over to Nordic Naturals at one point after being referred to it numerous times.
I didn’t notice much of an effect. After the 30 day supply of Nordic Naturals fish oil was gone I switched back to MorEPA.
Once again, I immediately felt the difference. My optimized brain with superior stress management ability was back.
In my book MorEPA Platinum is the best hands down
I highly recommend this brand.
Everyone who I’ve recommended it too has had nothing but fantastic things to say about it as well.
Sometimes supplement stores will have these manufacturer coupons for this particular brand for $2.oo to $3.o0 off but even then its a bit more expensive than buying it online.