Not All Omega Oils Are The Same

  Quite often, I ask someone to confirm what supplement items they are taking so I can assess something or answer a query, and I find they have swapped one recommended to one they found on sale somewhere. I don’t blame them at all, let’s face it, we all want to save money where we can, but I just wanted to point out that not all supplements are the same by a long chalk (think calcium carbonate – which actually IS chalk! – see what I did there? :))

Anyway, here’s a case in point for you. Let’s take the Omegas recommended in your Barrier Plan. Most people would take a fish oil supplement. So why have I recommended a mixed fatty acid – this one contains Omegas 3 (the fish), 6, 7 and 9? Quite simply because all types of fatty acid have different benefits.

Here’s a quote I read today which illustrates why I chose to advise a product that includes omegas 7 and 9 from sea buckthorn oil:

Omega 7 preferentially supports mucous membrane regeneration and moisture and is thus especially beneficial for any clinical conditions affecting the mucosal linings. Mucous membranes cover the linings of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinogenital tracts and inner linings of the eyes. These membranes play an important barrier function against environmental pathogens, toxins and allergens.

Source: Babi Chana, Sea Buckthorn Oil. ND newsletter Oct 12

So, it is important to ensure these special fatty acids and not simply go for the – albeit brilliantly anti-inflammatory – fish oils all the time.

The vast majority of people actually can’t break down and utilise the fatty acids either because they lack enough lipase enzyme to do so. I would dearly love to be able to find a TGF safe enzyme product for you that gives direct lipase, but have drawn a blank so far there. Remember our problems with enzymes here?! However, that is why I recommend you test your stomach acid and take the DiPan 9 if you suspect a lack of absorption too. Doing both will ensure you take the right ones and absorb them.

You do also need to take enough. When I looked at the research of how to get the various benefits from the essential fatty acids we need for barrier healing, it took me ages to work out how much was required to actually do that. This is why I have given you a recommended dosage that changes depending on your weight.

So, promise, I am not just choosing products willy-nilly; a lot of thought, skill, expertise and research does go into it, even if I do make it all seem so simple!



4 thoughts on “Not All Omega Oils Are The Same

  1. I’ve often wondered which are best. Very interesting – thank you Micki. What are you thoughts on evening primrose, borage, hemp and flax oils? I tend to rotate between fish oils and the others. And also, which foods contain the fatty acids naturally?

    • Hi Ruth, glad you found it interesting. EPO, borage and hemp are all quite high omega 6 oils, whilst flax is high omega 3 potentially but you have to convert the flax to EPA/DHA which comes direct from fish. Some people are not so good at the conversion so where I used to say flax oil a lot, I now advise fish mostly. All oils have different benefits which is why I recommend a mix.

      Foods – that’s a big question and much has been written about it. In short, nuts and seeds are high in omega 6 and fish is high in omega 3.

  2. Micki, Please can you shed a light on Green pastures Iceland pure cod liver oil. Does it look TGF ? I have spoken to Seventh Wave where I got it from and they assure me it is as Pure as can be and nothing is added. If something is fermented is it natural ? Helen x

    • Hi Helen,

      No idea – never come across fermented cod liver oil before. It looks Ok although you have to think what the fermentation substrate is and here it looks like dairy (lacto-fermented I noticed) although of course they will say none left in finished product as always. Also bear in mind that cod liver oil is not the same as a general fish oil and is much higher in vitamins A and D. They are quite different beasties but CLO can be good as a source of those extra vitamins and is particularly recommended in arthritis.

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