Which type of omega 3's is the best?
Q. Dear Terry, “There is so much talk about omega 3's and their benefits. I realize there are three types: ALA, DHA, and EPA. Which type is the best? Thanks so much for all you do!” — Jody C., Virginia Beach, VA
A. Dear Jody, The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
ALA comes from plant sources. The majority of documented activity for ALA is that it converts to DHA and EPA. However, this conversion process is very inefficient – only about 1% is actually converted. So while ALA is a healthy omega-3 to consume, the vast majority of research on using omega-3s as a natural medicine is done on DHA and EPA from fish.
To get the most of omega-3 fatty acids, find a product that utilizes cold water fish as its main source of EPA and DHA. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. I suggest taking 1 tablet twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally