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Is Eating Fish Regularly the Best Way to Get Enough Omega-3?

Jun 30, 2016 10:33PM

Eating fatty fish is an ideal way to increase one’s omega-3 intake. But it’s important to know the amount of omega-3 you get from eating fish can vary dramatically. Factors like what type of fish you consume, what the fish ate, time of the year, and how you prepare your fish can impact the fatty acid content of your meal.  

Take, for instance, the question of what fish eat. In the wild, a salmon eats in much the same way its species has for millennia. While you get some dietary variations, you can expect a wild caught salmon to contain omega-3. In a fish farm, however, the fish eat whatever food they are given. In many cases, this is a grain-rich diet devoid of omega-3. When that grain-fed fish arrives on the dinner table, a consumer doesn’t get much omega-3 either. While there are farm-fisheries that feed omega-3 to their fish, it’s difficult for consumers to know what they’re getting without research. 

Food preparation also impacts the fatty acid content. For instance, studies suggest that frying fatty fish can reduce the omega-3 content of a fillet by 70 to 85 percent. This explains why many people use fish oil supplements to make sure they get enough omega-3.   


This is an excerpt from “12 Myths about Omega-3 Fish Oil.” To read more, visit Bo Martinsen, MD, is the co-founder and CEO of Omega3 Innovations. Dr. Martinsen has extensive experience in psychiatry, general medicine, neurology, epidemiology and preventive medicine.  






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