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Dr. Hyman’s Discussion about Omega-3 Fats on the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Hyman’s Discussion about Omega-3 Fats on the Dr. Oz Show

WE HAVE ALL HEARD about the importance of healthy fats. The old “eat fat, gain fat” paradigm is giving way to a new, more nuanced understanding of dietary fat. The evidence is in: Some fats are essential for optimal health. And the king of the good fats are the omega-3s. Unfortunately, approximately 99 percent of Americans are deficient in these critical fats.

In my recent appearance on the Dr. Oz Show my friend Mehmet and I discussed how critical these fats are for optimal health, protect you from heart disease, and explained how they can reduce inflammation and help treat wide variety of chronic ailments.

We also discussed a new self-test currently available that allows you to find out for yourself whether or not you need more omega-3s. Here I will provide you more information on the importance of omega-3 fats, outline how you can get the self-test we discussed on the show, and provide you with a way to purchase a high-quality fish oil supplement that will help you optimize your levels safely.

Why Omega-3 Fats are Important

Simply put these extraordinary fats affect every part of your biochemistry. They control gene function, regulate your immune system, impact the speed and efficacy of your metabolism, and they are a vital component of the cell membrane that covers every one of the 100 trillion cells in your body.

This means when you don’t get enough omega-3 fats, messages can’t be properly communicate from one cell to another. If you’re not getting enough omega-3s, your body — including your brain — just can’t work to its optimum potential!

Learn more about the importance of omega-3 fats and how they can impact your brain, body, and even your behavior in this blog.

Dietary Sources for Omega-3 Fats

Today the only real sources of omega-3 fats are:

  • Wild fish and game
  • Grass-fed and finished animals and animal products
  • Seaweed
  • Algae
  • Omega-3 eggs

Finding a High-quality Fish Oil Supplement

The limited sources for omega-3 fats and the fact that most Americans don’t eat enough foods that contain them leads me to recommend a high-quality fish oil supplement as part of a daily workhorse team of vitamins and minerals needed to help you optimize your health.

However, finding a quality fish oil is key. You want to locate something that is free of mercury and other contaminants. Look for reputable companies that certify their products are free from heavy metals and pesticides.

I typically recommend taking 1000 mg of fish oil twice a day. The fish oil you take should contain. a 300/200 ratio of EPA/DHA.

There are some good sources of fish oil on the market. For more information see The Healthy Living Store.

Get Tested for Omega-3 Deficiency

Even if you are currently eating a diet filled with omega-3s and you are taking a fish oil supplement, it’s possible you still aren’t getting enough of these critical fats. Not everyone absorbs omega-3s equally. A new easy, affordable home test developed by a leading cardiologist allows you to determine whether or not your omega-3 levels are optimal via a simple finger prick. Learn more about the test.

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (12)

  • Note that the various types of omega-3 are not fully equivalent. The human body is not very good at converting the ALA type into the DHA and EPA types, which appear to be more needed.

    I’ve read a little about a DPA type, but only from people who are selling it, which is usually a good indication that you should not trust what they say until you find enough scientific reports that agree.

  • Since the recent results from the French study on Omega 3 supplements, has opinion and recommendations changed?

    • Hi Tom,

      No, Dr Hyman’s stance on omega -3 fatty acids and fish oil has not changed.

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  • Robert, it’s true that the human body isn’t very good at converting ALA into DHA and EPA. That usually means that the delta-6-desaturase enzyme isn’t functioning properly. Why? Usually because the person is deficient in zinc.

    When you take fish oil, it’s true that the DHA and EPA are immediately available to the body. But the body also needs ALA for other functions – for example lignans that come from flax seed. And by the way, fish only has 0 – 2% omega-3s as compared to 18 – 24% in flax.

    Also, in this article, Dr. Hyman says to look for “a quality fish oil is key. You want to locate something that is free of mercury and other contaminants. Look for reputable companies that certify their products are free from heavy metals and pesticides.” If the fish oil has to be purified of contaminants, it has to go through the lab and if that happens, it will have chemical residues. And chemical residues have a way of bioaccumulating in the body – not a good thing.

  • I’ve been taking Laminine Omega and I’m satisfied with it.
    The fish oil is sourced from Engraulis Ringens (a member of the anchovy family), found in the Humboldt Current off the coast of South America near Peru, where the waters are clean and clear. Phytoplankton that the Engraulis Ringens species consumes in this region is rich in DHA and EPA, giving the fish the highest naturally occurring ratios of DHA and EPA of any other fish species. The fish oil also undergoes molecular distillation, and is tested before and after the process to remove gunk and toxins and ensure the safety of the oil.

    It is patented and has the highest quality sources for Omega Fatty Acid 3 (EPA and DHA). It also has CoQ10(Extended Release), Vitamin K2… It is made in USA; head office is in California. One thing more that I like about it is that it can be ordered online
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  • Please could you advice which is the company selling the best fish oil supplements as there are so many in the market hence it’s very confusing.Pl help

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