They Way You Consume Fish Oil, May Be Wrong.

They Way You Consume Fish Oil, May Be Wrong.

Supplement Box vs Eating Fish

Just like many other situations, it is always better to eat the food containing the nutrients versus taking supplements. Consuming fish, containing the Fish Oil is better than over-the-counter supplements.

Why? Well because…

According to Howard LeWine, M.D., the Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, “ Americans spend over $1 Billion a year on over-the-counter fish oil.” Is this just due to the ease and convenience of popping a pill? Is it that difficult to cook up some fish or make yourself that chia seed pudding you saw on my Instagram feed a while back? 😊 Food companies saw this consumption increase and decided to hop on the bandwagon and begin adding Omega-3 fatty acids to their products such as: milk, yogurts, juices, and more!

Choosing to eat the entire fish versus the supplements is more beneficial for your body than you would think. By taking the supplement you are only receiving Omega-3 fatty acids, but by consuming the fish in its entirety, you will provide your body with all the fish fats, vitamins, minerals, and other supporting molecules needed for a healthy life. The same is true for other foods so step away from the supplements (if you can) and opt in for good healthy food instead!

Other Sources

If you were recommended by a doctor to take fish oil for a specific reason, then I would highly suggest a conversation with him/her to see if you are able to consume the proper food and receive your dosage that way. Now if you are one of those who took it upon yourself to prescribe fish oil supplements, let’s stop that and turn to other sources of Omega- 3 fatty acids! Like I said in last week’s post (Fish Oil Benefits) there are several food options, just take a look below!

  1. Salmon
  2. Mackerel
  3. Sardines
  4. Chia Seeds
  5. Flax Seeds
  6. Pumpkin Seeds
  7. Walnuts


I promise you that eating the real deal will taste much better than those fish oil supplements you have in your medicine cabinet. If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe below!



Kim Shapira MS, RD


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