Which Nature Made Fish Oil Supplement or Omega-3†† from Fish Oil Supplement is Right for Me?
With so many fish oil omega-3 products on the market, figuring out the differences between all the formulations can seem a bit mystifying. Nature Made offers several different fish oil Omega-3 formulas, which may have you asking, “Why take fish oil?” and “Which product is right for me?” Read on to learn about the health benefits of fish oil supplementation, the quality of our fish oil, dosage information and the differences in our formulas. You can also read frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our fish oil products.
Fish oil is a great source of naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that should be included in most people’s diet. The two primary omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA have an FDA qualified health claim stating that “supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” Based on the research that shows that these omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, EPA and DHA help support a healthy heart. They also help support cell membrane flexibility throughout the body.†
Where Does Fish Oil Come From?
Fish oil comes from – you guessed it – oily fish! The EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in fatty fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. These types of oily fish incorporate EPA and DHA into their fatty tissue by consuming algae.
Along with the question "should I take fish oil?", you may be wondering what experts and professional organizations recommend for the omega-3s EPA and DHA. Heart health experts recommend consuming two servings of fatty fish per week for healthy adults. This equates to approximately 500 mg of EPA + DHA per day.‡ Most people don’t consume this much; in fact, national survey data shows that over 2/3 (68%) of US adults, and 95% of US children do not consume enough EPA and DHA in their daily diet to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations.[1, 2] What’s the best fish oil supplement for you? You may want to discuss that with your healthcare professional. Nature Made Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements make it easy to meet the recommended dose in as little as one softgel per day depending on the formula you choose. And Nature Made Fish Oil is a great supplement option for healthy adults looking to help support heart health to potentially lower the risk of coronary heart disease.† In particular, if you are curious what vitamins women should take (and supplements) throughout their adult years, fish oil definitely makes the list as it is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids.†
What is the Difference Between Nature Made Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements?
Nature Made offers several types of omega-3 fish oil supplements that are differentiated by dosage, enteric coating, size, number of softgels per serving and additional nutrients to meet your specific needs.
Fish oil supplements on the market today may be subpar. Contaminants like PCBs, mercury, and dioxins are common in many species of fish.3 You need to make sure the supplements you choose are purified to remove mercury and other contaminants. Why Should I Take Nature Made Fish Oil? Nature Made omega-3 fish oil products undergo state-of-the-art purification processes to remove PCBs, dioxins and furans, and mercury to ensure purity levels below .09 ppm, 2ppt WHO TEQs and 0.1 ppm respectively. Nature Made fish oil products are 3rd party quality tested and are - sourced from wild-caught ocean fish. We don’t add any coloring or flavoring to our Fish Oil softgels and they are gluten-free, making them nutritional supplements you can trust as a healthy source of omega 3 fatty acids. Some are also coated to reduce fish burps. Read your labels. †
Some of the Nature Made Omega-3 & Fish Oil Supplements Include:
Our fish oil comes from wild caught ocean fish, and not from farm raised fish.
Why Should I Take Nature Made Fish Oil?
Health Benefits of Nature Made Fish Oil Products:
Supports a healthy heart
Supports cell membrane flexibility.
Sourced from wild-caught ocean fish.
No added color
Increases your consumption of EPA and DHA if you don’t typically opt for eating fish or other sources of omega-3s.
Some are tested and verified by USP, who sets the standards for purity and potency of supplements in the U.S.
Are Nature Made Fish Oil Products Verified?
Some of our fish oil dietary supplement products are verified by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), an independent, third-party organization that verifies supplements for quality, purity and potency. In addition to complying with all applicable government regulations, a USP verified dietary supplement must pass a stringent set of tests to ensure product purity and quality. Look for the USP Verified mark on supplement labels. In addition to USP, Nature Made is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Brand in Omega 3/Fish Oil Supplements.* You can learn more about our #1 Pharmacist Recommended Vitamins and Supplements Brand here.
Should I Speak with My Healthcare Professional About Fish Oil Softgels?
Yes. Before adopting a supplement regimen, please discuss your dietary and nutritional needs with your primary health care professional. Doing so helps ensure that you receive both personalized and effective advice to help you reach your personal health goals, whether that be to help support heart health or for overall wellness.
Now that we've answered the question of "why take fish oil?" you may be wondering which omega-3 fish oil supplement is right for you? Only you and your care provider can decide what supplements will work best. But if you don’t love eating fish or other sources of omega-3s and you suspect you aren’t consuming enough of them naturally, omega-3 fish oil supplements are a great–and convenient–way to knock your wellness goals out of the park.
Learn More About Fish Oil & Heart Health Supplements:
* Based on US News & World Report - Pharmacy Times Survey, 2022
** Based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins and supplements
‡ “Recommended amount” equates to a calculation based on approximately 3,500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA found in two servings of fatty fish per week.
†† As ethyl esters.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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What to Look for in a Good Quality Fish Oil Published January 2019, Updated June 2020 https://www.kitchenstewardship.com/fish-oil-faq/