Dr Sears is without any doubt a well respected authority in the field of nutrition and well being. His products are quite popular and are known to deliver value for money. However, when looking at their official site and some Dr Sears fish oil reviews, I couldn’t find some of the most important facts when it comes to Omega 3 supplements. Let’s find out what they are.
Now, there are a few factors that you should be paying attention to when looking for a quality fish oil.
Number one is – What is the source of the oil?
This is important as most common supplements contain oil derived from fish like salmon bred specifically for this purpose. The omega 3 fats you will find in the oil of these fish wouldn’t be as beneficial as a fish like Hoki that is sourced from the open ocean waters.
How Much Omega 3 Does It Provide?
Next, the quantity of DHA and EPA fats determines if the oil is going to do any good to you or not. Dr Sears fish oil fares well on this criteria. In fact, it over delivers by providing almost 800mg DHA and 1600mg EPA. This is many times over the actual requirement of 250+ mg DHA and 100+ mg EPA for best results.
Purity of the oil is also of high importance.
We all know how polluted ocean waters have become the world over. The fish living in these oceans also ingest all kinds of pollutants like Lead and Mercury from the contaminated water, which can be present in the oil extracted from them too. This is why a rigorous purification method like Molecular Distillation is needed to thoroughly cleanse the oil.
Surprisingly, the website from which this Sears fish oil is sold, doesn’t give any details as to the kind of fish used for extracting the oil, or what kind of purification techniques are used for making it fit for consumption. It also doesn’t talk about the purification standards used for testing the purity of the oil. IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) and the Norwegian Medicinal Standard are what most companies in this industry strive to meet.
Based on my research, I’ve found a quality fish oil produced by a New Zealand based company – Xtend Life.
Their fish oil capsules contain the optimal levels of DHA and EPA fats derived from hoki and tuna fish sourced from the open ocean waters. The oil is purified by using Molecular Distillation and a COA (Certificate of Analysis) is also available for every batch. This certificate is provided by a third party lab that analyses the oil for purity and contaminant levels. This is a very good way of evaluating the purity of a fish oil supplement.
In conclusion, Dr Sears fish oil might be a good choice. However, I like to know exactly what I’m putting in my body. So, Xtend Life seems to be slightly better because of the openness with which they provide information about their high quality product. Do think about this when you make your choice.
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