There’s no doubt at all. If you’re looking for an Omega 3 supplement, it has to be a Molecularly Distilled fish oil. No ifs and buts about it. No other purification technique is as effective when it comes to removing contaminants from fish oil and still keeping it fresh and un-oxidized.
So what exactly does this purification mechanism do?
As you might be aware of, Distillation is the process in which a technique of separating liquids by heating them up. As each liquid would have a different boiling point, they will boil off at different points during the process and so can be collected in separate containers.
Molecularly distilled fish oil is refined through a similar process. The oil is kept in a vacuum at pressure levels less than atmospheric pressure. This allows the oil to be distilled at a temperature much lower than its boiling point. This is an important point, because if the oil is heated to a higher temperature, it would start decomposing and become rancid.
Consuming rancid oil wouldn’t possibly give the promised health benefits at all. Not only that, the fishy aftertaste and burps that many people complain of, are also a result of consuming rancid oil.
This process is also technically known as Short Path Distillation. The liquid has to travel only a short distance within the apparatus so that it can be collected and brought down to room temperature quickly.
Now, here are the three main reasons this purification technique is good for your oil:
Freshness – Because of the lower boiling temperature in the vacuum, the oil remains stable and doesn’t oxidize. So you get an oil that’s fresh and is effective for a longer period of time.
Purity – It’s a highly effective purification mechanism that’s capable of removing the common impurities in fish oils, like Mercury, Lead and PCBs. You don’t need to worry about them anymore if you have molecularly distilled fish oil capsules at hand.
Concentration – This process also concentrates the oil to a high degree. A concentrated oil means you get more beneficial fatty acids per gram of the oil than usual. So just a couple of soft gels of the supplement should be enough to provide your body all the omega 3 it needs.
This technology is a little complicated, which translates into higher production costs for the company. Which is exactly why you’ll find many fish oil brands do not use this method of purification.
Now, we have already established that molecularly distilled fish oil capsules are a really good thing to have. But the fact is, this is not enough by itself as an optimal omega 3 supplement. You also need to make sure your supplement has enough omega 3 fats inside (500mg DHA and 250mg EPA). Without enough omega 3, there’s no point in taking any supplement.
Second, the delivery mechanism of the oil is also important. Do not take an enteric coated pill. A soft gel format is preferred over enteric coating as it allows the oil to be released in your stomach, which is best for absorption by the body.
Once you have all these factors in place, then you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the right choice.
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