Volume 11, Issue 85 October 3, 2014
Should you take fish oils every day -
or just twice a week?
Here's an interesting question. Is it better to consume fish oils on a regular basis every day? Or is it better to consume them intermittently? It's interesting because researchers have pointed out that many fish oil studies don't take this into account.

For example, it is not likely that someone will be eating fish twice a day as a matter of routine. Statistically, people who eat fish will do it one to three times per week. So maybe that's a better way to store up the valuable oils in fish than by taking them every day as a supplement. Or maybe it would be better to take all your fish oil supplements all at once, or twice a week? A recent study decided to find out if there was a difference. And it turns out that there is.

Researchers looked at 65 men and women who were all 50 years old. They gave each of them a total of 6.54 grams per week of the fish oils EPA and DHA. They did not use supplements. They gave the oils in servings of fish. But there was a difference. Half of the group received their fish in two meals each week. The other half ate their fish in divided doses every day. After 12 months, they reported on the levels of EPA and DHA in each of the two groups.

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To determine the levels, they measured EPA and DHA in platelets and mononuclear blood cells (white cells). They discovered that the group who took the oils every day had significantly higher levels of both EPA and DHA than the group who got their oils in two meals per week.

So if you want to get the most out of your fish oils, this study makes it very clear. A regular daily intake is a more effective way to take them than intermittently.

I recommend fish oils to all my patients. The benefits are just too great to ignore. Recently I developed what I think is the perfect fish oil supplement. It's called Complete Daily Oils. And it's the only fish oil supplement that I know of that has a completely unique blend of fish oils with other important oils and nutrients. You can learn all about it at www.advancedbionutritionals.com. I take two capsules per day. I tell my patients to do the same.

Yours for better health,

Browning LM, Walker CG, Mander AP, et al. Compared with daily, weekly n-3 PUFA intake affects the incorporation of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid into platelets and mononuclear cells in humans. J Nutr. 2014 May;144(5):667-72.

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