Damn right we do!
OK, I guess I gave away the punch line before the story even got started. But this is important and there’s no room for messing around.
If there’s one thing you can do TODAY to start looking and feeling better immediately, it’s adding an Omega 3 supplement to your daily routine.
Omega 3 has been identified as being beneficial to an almost inexhaustible list of diseases of modern man. Everything from cancer to depression seems to benefit from this “miracle” oil.
And just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, Omega 3 is best known by most people as fish oil. That’s because fatty, cold water fish are the most abundant source of this essential oil. It’s referred to as essential because we can’t produce it in our own bodies, so we need to get it from an external source.
Actually — before someone calls me out on this — we can convert some foods like flax seeds to usable Omega 3s. We’re just not very good at it.
But why do we have to supplement?
It’s estimated that our ancestors consumed upwards of 300 – 400 grams of Omega 3 per week. If we’re lucky, the average Western diet yields maybe 15 – 20 grams per week!
So when you take an Omega 3 supplement, you should think of it more along the lines of bringing yourself up to normal levels rather than adding extra. That’s why adding fish oil to your routine has been shown to help with so many disease states and indicators of general wellness.
Since we don’t get enough of it in our diets, adding a supplement brings us back up to where we should be…
We’ll be back in a couple days with more details on the health and wellness benefits of Omega 3 supplementation. But for today we’re going to focus a bit more on how fish oil can make you “look better naked.”
One of the things Omega 3s do is help switch on your lipolytic (fat burning) genes and switch off your lipogenic (fat storing) genes. Most people think of genes as immutable masters of our destiny. But the truth is, our genes are more like switches that can be turned on or off. Depending on what position they are in, they tell the body to do certain things. Adding fish oil helps turn those switches to the right positions for burning fat.
The other groovy thing fish oil does is improve cell membrane health. How does that make you look better? It improves something called “insulin sensitivity.” And that means your body reacts properly to the hormone insulin, which has the job of shuttling nutrients and energy into your cells. If your lean tissue becomes resistant to insulin, that energy will get shoved into fat cells. But supplementing with fish oil helps prevent that, allowing you to use and store more energy in your muscles and other lean tissue.
So how much do you Omega 3 do you need to take?
More than you think. If you are overweight, you should probably set a target of 1 gram per day for every percent body fat. So if you are at 15% body fat, you’d take around 15 grams per day.
You should also make sure you add vitamin E to your routine. This helps prevent any possible oxidization of the fish oil in your body (oxidization is when something reacts with oxygen — like when an apple goes brown after you cut it open). Aim for 400 I.U. of vitamin E per 10 grams of Omega 3.
And speaking of oxidation, make sure you choose a HIGH QUALITY source for your fish oil. I usually keep a liquid fish oil on hand as well as capsules. My preferred liquid brand is Poliquin, but it’s hard to find. If you can’t get it, just use capsules. You can’t go wrong with a brand like Prograde. Their EFA Icon capsules contain the highest quality pure antarctic krill oil.
If you absolutely have to go with a lesser brand, here’s a little trick to check the quality of the oil in the capsules. Cut one open and taste the oil. If it tastes and smells “fishy” — like fish that’s been sitting around at room temperature for a while — get rid of it…
Like I said, we’ll be back in a couple days with some more important info about Omega 3s. We’ll talk about more of the health benefits. And we’ll also tell you about EPA and DHA, the two elements of Omega 3s. You’ll find out what the difference is, what ratio you should be looking for and why. Oh, and we’ll also tell you why you should NOT be supplementing with essential fatty acid products that contain Omega 6.