The benefits of Fish Oil

By Dr Ernst
October 28, 2022

If you could only take 1 supplement each month, which one would you pick? I would go for the one that has been proven time and time again to lower blood pressure, improve blood sugar, reduce arthritis pain/inflammation, increase hormone production, boost energy production and even decrease my overall chance of catching any type of viral/bacterial or chronic disease – wouldn’t you?

Any idea what 1 supplement does that?

Nope, its not Turmeric, Nor is it Vitamin D! It’s certainly not your multivitamin / multi mineral.

What 1 supplement carries the highest power to radically transform your health – OMEGA 3 OIL aka (fish oils) – although you can get them from plant sources, but the best, by far, is FISH OIL!

A few fun facts that I hope will convince you to toss all these “fad” supplements so many of you keep asking me “Dr. Ernst what do you think about this for X” or “should I add this one to my protocol b/c I don’t see you have me taking any X” and instead begin taking emulsified fish oil (more on that later)

  1. Countries and Populations that consume high amounts of naturally occurring fish oils (note that they are literally eating the fish, not taking supplements) have the HIGHEST likelihood of their citizens living past 100 years old and the LOWEST rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and degenerative “old age” disease (arthritis, dementia, neuro-disorders).

On average they consume 6.5x more omega 3 fatty fish than we do. Did you know the Japanese average 1.5g of omega 3 consumed daily whereas Americans average only 0.2g daily!

  1. Omega-3 consumption is important, but watch out for its enemy Omega-6. When Omega-6 exceeds Omega-3 concentration by more than 4x, you become inflamed! Inflammation is the cause of all disease – including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, psoriasis, arthritis and about everything else you can think of – including pain.

Foods highest in Omega-6 include nearly all “Standard American Diet” items: Corn, Wheat, Rice, Soy/Tofu, Oats, Vegetable Oils, Processed Foods etc.

  1. Omega-3 oils turn off Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB) which is a chemical pathway that when activated promotes the production of inflammatory chemicals in your body. NF-kB is very common and the activation has been linked to the cause of nearly all autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), type I and II diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroid, graves hyperthyroid, IBS/IBD (to name a few).
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX), which produces the prostaglandin hormones that spark inflammation. BTW aspirin blocks COX enzyme, so if you want a natural “aspirin” take or eat 4-6g of emulsified omega-3 oil daily for a few days and watch what happens!

Foods Highest in Omega-3 (Listed In Order Of Highest To Lowest)

Fish: Mackerel, Salmon, Cod, Herring, Sardines, Anchovies, Caviar,

Plants: Flax Seed, Chia Seed, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds, Seaweed & Algae, Avocado, Cauliflower, Spinach

Supplementing Omega-3 Fats
A major warning comes with what I’m about to say – nearly ALL OTC fish oils are terrible for you and they promote inflammation and activate NF-kB rather than helping your body.

A few reasons for this:

  1. Most OTC fish oils have gone rancid – ie they are literally spoiled from being processed with chemical extractions or simply the time frame they have been sitting on the shelf caused them to spoil
  2. Most OTC fish oils have contaminations with heavy metals (a lot of the fish they pull the oil from are lower quality large fish which tend to be high in mercury due to the bio-accumulation effect.
  3. A lot of OTC fish oils are esterified fatty acid oils (EAOs) which are obtained from use of vegetable acid oils and glycerol to extract/create the omega oil. These toxic fat sources have the same fatty acid composition as their respective “natural” omega oils but new chemical properties due to the synthetic method of extracting the oil from the fish liver or muscle. AKA they are “knock offs” that actually create inflammation!
  4. Nearly all OTC oils are not emulsified. IE they are waiting for your body to convert them using bile and other enzymes to become an oil you can actually use and absorb. Problem – emulsification requires a fully functional liver and gallbladder – which the average American lacks – making the fish oils you take expensive stool!

How To Adequately Elevate Your Omega-3 Oils, Decease Inflammation Turn off NF-kB and HEAL

Simple – EAT WILD CAUGHT FISH (see the list above) 1x week AND YOU MUST take an emulsified non-esterified omega oil – which we created just for you – Eterna Omega Baseline – You can read more about it in the supplement of the week column on this newsletter or simply CLICK HERE for more info.

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