Fish oil supplements should be pure and fresh. Not all of them are.
The major problem with this product these days is mercury contamination. Virtually every creature from the ocean has mercury to a greater or lesser degree.
When the oil is extracted from the body and liver of fish, mercury normally remains in the oil.
There is a process, however, called "molecular distillation". It is used by many of the major manufacturers and it leaves the mercury behind.
The companies that use molecular distallation for their products will almost always include a laboratory analysis on the label. It will state that the oil is mercury free and chemical free.
Freshness is critical. Spoiled oils (vegetable or animal) will make you sick.
All animal and vegetable fats and oils are subject to oxidation. This is true in supplements also.
In other words, they get spoiled (oxidize) after a certain period of time. They spoil much more quickly when they are exposed to air, water, or heat. Be sure to check the dating on the bottles of your fish oil supplements. And, store them in the refrigerator. Especially after you open the bottle.
This may sound a bit elementary, but it's very important to say:
In order to receive the benefits of fish oil supplements you need:
1) To get pure properly manufactured Fish Oil Supplements and
2) You have to take enough of them.
The reason so many of these products fail to bring the desired results, is that people just plain don't take enough of them. The same is true of herbs.
Many people want to experience the enormous benefits that can come from regular use of this powerful super food. So, they take 1 capsule a day. Or some will take 3 capsules 3 times a day and think they are mega dosing!
Now, this is a food product. It is not pharmaceutical chemicals that whack your body. It is food. And just like any other food, you need to eat an adequate amount to be healthy.
Let's take meat as an example. Now meat is a great proteins source. One of the best! But if you depended on 3 capsules of meat 3 times a day for all your protein needs, you would literally starve to death FAST!
You don't require nearly the amount of fish oil supplements as you do meat. 1 to 3 teaspoons is the normally recommended amount.
Capsules are kind of a joke when you are looking to receive the real benefits from this miraculous oil.
The problem with capsules is that capsules are not going to give you much fish oil unless you take about 14 - 21 of the large capsules or about 80 - 125 of the small ones each day.
That is not an exaggeration.
Here are the numbers:
A large capsule has 1000mgs or just 1 gram (Didn't 1000mgs sound much more impressive!? That's why they label it that way.).
Now, a single teaspoonful of fish oil is about 7 grams (7,000 mgs). A tablespoonful has about 21 grams (21,000 mgs). See where capsules fall short?
The usual recommended amount of fish oil supplements for an adult is 1-3 teaspoonfuls a day. I use 2 or 3 daily. Therapeutically 2 to 3 Tablespoons are common (that is equal yo 6 to 9 teaspoons). More than that can be too much. Especially if you use Cod Liver Oil (which I do, in the winter) because of the Vitamin A & D contents.
The plain fish oils these days are usually made with some natural lemon flavor and are usually quite good tasting. Many people mix them with their salad oil (which should be pure Olive Oil).
Cod Liver Oil is my favorite because of the naturally occurring Vitamin D. Most people are Vitamin D deficient. Carlson's Cod Liver Oil is my favorite. It has unsurpassed purity!
The only other natural source is sunlight on the skin. That is actually the very best source. And, we have been taught (falsely) to shun sun tanning.
The problem with Cod Liver Oil, for some people, is the taste. It tastes like fish liver. You get used to it after a while. I have actually come to enjoy it. Probably because I know how good it is for me! But, the first taste will be "interesting" if you've never had it.
Well, as you’ve learned if you have been reading the site, is that your prostate massage program brings more blood to your gland so that it can heal itself.
Your fish oil supplements will be able to do their job more effectively if more of them can reach this area.
That is what your prostate massaging will do. It will increase your blood flow here and that will bring more of the anti inflammatory, nourishing, and healing nutrients from your fish oil supplements to your precious gland.
That's up to you! But, I believe they can enhance the health of virtually everyone whose food comes from modern Omega 3 deficient farming production methods. That means almost all of us. And, Fish Oils are the best reliable source of this absolutely necessary Omega 3 fat.
At any rate, if you're in doubt, try a bottle. It's just food. But it's a Super Food!
If you're like most people, you'll undoubtedly notice a greater feeling of well being shortly after your very first tablespoonful!