You’ve almost certainly heard this ancient proverb: “Give a person a fish and they eat for a day; but teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime.”

It’s sound wisdom; charity is important—even essential and noble—but education empowers freedom and prosperity. Which is why I make the effort to educate my patients and the public about the importance of using proper nutrition to enhance their health. Especially when it comes to eating fish.

Eating fresh, wild caught fish is good for your health. Fish contains a variety of nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are the good fats our body needs for a host of critical functions that support cardiovascular health, brain function, and joint comfort.* Fish is “food as medicine” at its finest. Unfortunately, the modern American diet makes getting Omega-3 from fish a hard proposition. Many people just do not have the time or inclination to make buying and cooking fresh fish the priority that it should be.

Fortunately, there is a solution: high quality fish oil supplements such as my Dr. Redcross Wellness Optimized Omega-3 Fish Oil.

The Science of Omega-3

Omega-3 is an essential nutrient, and our body is not able to make it. It must be consumed. And while fish is one of my favorite things to eat, it turns out a person would have to eat a lot of it to get their body to the proper Omega-3 levels needed to deal with today’s stress-filled and nutrient-deficient lifestyle. That’s why I recommend to all  my patients that they take fish oil supplements.

However, not just any fish oil supplement will do. This is an instance of when reading labels and nutritional facts boxes is very important. (Actually, it’s always important; people really should be aware of what is in the food they eat, not just the ingredients but the nutritional content as well.)

That’s because there are key co-factors in fish oil that need to be at certain levels to gain the most benefits. Those key co-factors are EPA and DHA, two specific forms of Omega-3 fatty acids. These are the active ingredients in fish oil that support your heart, brain, and joints.* Plus, EPA and DHA help maintain blood lipids, including triglycerides, already in the normal range. And they also support the maintenance of a healthy heart rate and already normal blood pressure.*

It’s Time to Concentrate on Omega-3

So, here’s how to read a fish oil label: look at the amount of fish oil each dose contains AND at the concentration of EPA and DHA contained within the Omega-3.

Many standard fish oil supplements will have a small percentage of Omega-3 compared to the total fish oil present. It is not unusual to see labels that scream “1000 mg of Fish Oil” but then whisper “300 mg of Omega-3.” And don’t even get me started on serving size! Some of those formulations can require taking 4 softgels a day to get that.

However, my Optimized Omega-3 Fish Oil is ultra-refined, distilled, and purified to provide you with 650 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA from a total of 1250 mg of Omega-3 in just 2 daily softgels! That’s a high concentration of EPA and DHA that goes well beyond most “standard” fish oil supplements.

Keeping It Fresh

When it comes to fish oil, freshness is key. That’s why my Optimized Omega-3 Fish Oil uses a special LemonLock® Freshness System. LemonLock® infuses the fish oil with a potent antioxidant complex, sealing in the purity and freshness of the Omega-3. This helps keep away the fishy aftertaste.

After all, you’ll be using Optimized Omega-3 Fish Oil daily for so many reasons. Science has shown that the DHA & EPA in fish oil supports cardiovascular and heart health, skin health, healthy circulation, normal flexibility of joints, and healthy brain function.*

Sure, it would be great if we could sit down to eat a fresh piece of salmon or a nice fillet of haddock 3 or 4 times a week. But that just is not realistic for most people. However, taking a daily serving of Dr. Redcross Wellness Optimized Omega-3 every day is easy to do! And it puts a whole new meaning to the wisdom of teaching a person to fish!