Fish oil is an extract derived from the tissues of fish that has attracted particular commercial interest due to its high content of Omega 3 in the forms of EPA and DHA. In this article we will briefly see the production process and then focus on the benefits of this supplement that truly represent a unicum, guaranteeing it an important role in the prevention of many diseases and in the management of the aging process.
The production process of fish oil, or rather the main source, is of particular importance as it determines the arachidonic acid, EPA and DHA content of the final product. In fact, the choice of using marine fish fabrics rather than fresh water, fat or lean, from cold or warm waters has a very profound impact on the final product. In fact, in addition to the actual fat content of the animal, also the feeding of the same characterizes the composition of the tissues. In fact, fish themselves do not produce Omega-3 but take them through food (microalgae, plankton or smaller fish). Omega-3s originate in phytoplankton lipids and then pass to zooplankton and finally to fish.
A large part of the fish oil produced is destined for aquaculture , i.e. the consumption of farmed fish. The food industry thus tries to cope with the inevitably different diet compared to wild fish by enriching the feed it administers with elements. Changing the composition of the feed can in fact affect the body composition of the animal and the final product for the consumer (fatter, tastier, leaner, etc...).
Not least the post-extraction production process. In fact, going to talk about the food supplement, distillation, packaging, conservation all have a fundamental impact on the final quality, not only determining the percentage quantity of EPA and DHA but also preventing the oil from rancid.
The benefits of Omega-3s are many, all of which have been widely demonstrated in the literature:
- Reduction of inflammatory processes
- Improvement of cardiovascular health
- Improvement of cognitive faculties
- Recovery from surgery
- Reduction of various neurodegenerative diseases
- Strengthening of the immune system
This makes the supplement an essential element for health, fitness level and recovery from physical and mental activities of particular stress. All these benefits, it should be specified, are not obtained as a result of an Omega-3 supplementation but rather for a recovery of the Omega3 / Omega6 ratio.we have in our diet. Without going into the maze of biochemistry, these two families of essential fatty acids play antagonistic roles in numerous metabolic processes. An excess of one or the other leads to compromise many of these mechanisms with clear repercussions on the health of the organism. Our diet is typically very rich in Omega 6 and low in Omega 3, the food sources of the latter, the bioassimilable ones, are reduced, typically expensive and little consumed.
Omega 3 supplementation therefore tends to rebalance this relationship.
Omega-3 supplementation is recognized by the literature and by leading health professionals as an important ally for our health. Before deciding to integrate, however, be aware of the product, consult the label to evaluate the Omega-3 content in the EPA and DHA offerings as well as the production process and presentation of the finished product (dark jar with well-preserved pearls).