Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

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You’ve probably heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your health, and omega-3 dietary supplements are becoming increasingly popular. When you walk into an average grocery store, pharmacy, or natural foods store, you’re bound to see lots of different options, but it is important to note that not all omega-3 fatty acid supplements are created equal. If you’re considering adding an omega-3 supplement to your dietary regimen, it is important to understand how omega-3 fatty acids benefit your health, as well as what formulation can best support your health needs.

How Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Work

Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids can aid in the prevention and treatment of a wide range of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, joint pain, and arthritis. They can also support neurological function and improve alertness. These wellness benefits are mediated by two types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and doxahexaenoic acid (DHA).

EPA has significant anti-inflammatory properties. According to Dr. Joseph C. Maroon of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the primary reason why omega-3 fatty acids can effectively treat such a wide range of chronic and debilitating conditions is that they reduce inflammatory processes.

At the same time, DHA has significant neurological benefits. Not only does it reduce inflammation in the brain, but it can also improve communication between neurons and help to reduce brain degeneration. Because both EPA and DHA can provide significant wellness benefits, you’ll want to find a supplement that includes both.

Omega-3 Supplement Formulations

Aside from the direct benefits of omega-3 fatty acid supplements, you should also make sure that the supplement you choose meets strict formulations standards. The International Fish Oil Standards Program (IFOS) tests omega-3 fatty acid supplements and certifies them based on:


  • Purity, which means making sure that there are no traces of contamination
  • Potency, which means that the dosage listed on the bottle is consistent with the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in each softgel
  • Stability, which ensures maximum freshness and an accurate expiration date by measuring the rate at which quality declines

Another thing to look for when choosing an omega-3 fatty acid supplement is enteric coating. Enteric coating protects the supplement from stomach acid and doesn’t dissolve until it reaches the small intestine, which allows for maximum absorption.

Starting an Omega-3 Supplement

Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness offers Pure Omega 900, an omega-3 fatty acid supplement that contains both EPA and DHA. The supplement also has five-star IFOS certification, as well as enteric coating for optimal absorption. It is often best to speak to a health care professional before starting a new nutritional supplement, and our chiropractors are available to provide nutritional counseling to help you decide how an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can fit into your overall wellness plan. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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