Thanks for the confirmation, Roma! Research is so important, its good to know why you're taking something... also to stay current as most of these studies are of short duration.
Meaning there may be some short term benefits but years later there may be unforeseen side effects not evident in short term studies.
I've taken the Carlson's brand, lemon flavor... for years now. tried a few other brands that cost less or were in pill form but have always come back to Carlson's.
I prefer oils that pour, so that I can mix them into smoothies for better absorption, or on my veggies to help make the oil soluble vitamins they contain (A, E, K, D) plus antioxidants like beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc more bioavailable. Carlson's lemon Flavor is GREAT on salad along with some Nakamo's Seasoned Rice Vinegar.
With the pourable form, you can taste if its gone rancid, before it hits your stomach.
A teaspoon of Carlson's has 500.mgs DHA and 800 mgs EPA... 33% of the RDA of vitamin E... its added to preserve the fatty acids from degrading.
A couple of months ago I added a teaspoon of Carlson's Cod Liver Oil to my diet. Its got 500mgs of DHA and 400 mgs of EPA. In addition to A, D, and E. Its unflavored and has a mild fishy taste. So that gets mixed into my breakfast smoothie.
Both oils need to be refrigerated. Fish oils are notoriously unstable. The E in both of them is helpful but its not magic!
The form of vitamin A that CCO has is the retinol form. For those who don't know already, retinols, unlike betacarotene, doesn't need to be "turned" into A. Like T3 its the "good to go" form.
Carlson's Cod Liver Oil only supplies 17% of the RDA for vitamin A, so I don't have to worry about getting too much or it impacting my bones. The remaining A I get from the betacarotene form found in dark greens, sweet potatoes and carrots.
As for using the blender, my thoughts here are that the blender breaks the oil into microscopic oil particles (micelles), creating an emulsion with whatever protein you've used, increasing the surface area of the oil for greater exposure to lipases (enzymes that break fatty acids out of the filler oil base). Johanna Budwig did studies of this years ago referential to keeping the body cancer free, only she used linseed oil. Since then we've learned that linseed oil's ALA isn't as easily converted to DHA and EPA the body needs... so fish oil IMO is the BBD.
Okay, I see I'm rambling again... haha Have a fun day, thx Mom for reading and Roma for your wonderful research and advice! This is how we grow healthy and informed as a Team!
: ) Mzzchief
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/17/2013 (10:50)
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Thanks for the post Chief. I did a lot of research clinically for my nursing since I am a Cardiac Nurse in the ICU. Cardiac dosages of EPA and DHA must be in very high quantities to be effective. Anything that you buy over the counter does not contain adequate amounts, and usually contains cheap "filler" oils that make up the bulk of the supplement. One needs to look on the bottle and see how much DHA and EPA the pill contains. Cardiac doses start at about 1000 mg and can go as high as 4000 mg with about 2000 mg being the usual cardiac dose. This must come from a supplement that contains a high amount of EPA and DHA, not the cheap filler. I purchase the NOW brand "Ultra Omega 3" from my All Natural Grocers near my home. It has 500 mg of EPA, and 250 mg of DHA. My husband and I both take 1 in the morning and 1 at night to equal a cardiac dose. It does contain Vitamin E from soy, but it is minimal and considered safe for persons with Thyroid conditions.
Here's something I thought post worthy about Fish Oil relative to gender.
As most of you know by now, Fish Oil's benefits come to us not in the oil fraction itself. Fish oil is simply a carrier of the two actives... the fatty acids EPA and DHA (no, I'm not going to spell them out! ha).
So when you're shopping for a Fish Oil, its smart to find out how much of each of these is in a serving of Fish Oil... not how much oil there is. That's usually not on the front of the bottle, but in the wee print under "Supplement Facts" in the back.
But I digress... This is an excerpt from the article: "Men and women may benefit from different types of omega-3 fatty acid supplements to reduce their risk of stroke or heart attacks linked to blood clots, says a new study from Australia."
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