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A Guide To Omega-3 Supplementation

We are big on preaching the benefits of omega-3s around here. But Zenwise also understands that these fatty acids may have a few gray areas that could benefit from a bit of clarification. Ready to learn more? Keep reading!

First, let’s review the basics. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain development, cognitive function, immune response, inflammation control, heart health, cancer prevention, and healthy aging. The primary types beneficial to human health are ALA, EPA, DHA, and, to a lesser extent, DPA. For more info, head to What You Need to Know About Omega-3.

Despite their presence in foods like nuts, seaweed, and fatty fish, some people may need supplements to meet their needs. This guide helps you select a quality omega-3 supplement, determine the correct dose, and address common questions.

Choosing a Quality Omega-3 Supplement

Freshness Omega-3s are prone to oxidation, which reduces their benefits. Freshness is measured by TOTOX (total oxidation), combining primary and secondary oxidation products. Aim for a TOTOX ≤ 10. Although oxidized omega-3s still offer benefits, prioritizing low oxidation levels is best.

Purity Omega-3s can contain contaminants like mercury. High-quality supplements use advanced distillation processes to reduce these risks. Look for products with low or undetectable levels of contaminants.

Form Omega-3s come in triglycerides, phospholipids, and ethyl esters. Triglycerides and phospholipids offer higher bioavailability. Ethyl esters, often found in prescription supplements, are less efficiently absorbed unless taken with a high-fat meal.

Concentration: A high-quality omega-3 supplement should contain at least 80% omega-3 fatty acids, primarily EPA and DHA. Check for third-party testing from organizations like NSF International or ConsumerLab to ensure quality and purity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are omega-3s from algae the same as from fish or krill oil? Algae-based omega-3s raise blood levels efficiently but typically contain more DHA than EPA. For more info, read Discover Which Omega 3 Option Is Best For You.

Optimal timing for omega-3 intake? No specific timing guidelines exist, but taking omega-3s with a fatty meal improves absorption. Some evidence suggests EPA and DHA can improve sleep quality and reduce post-meal inflammation.

Should omega-3 capsules be refrigerated? Refrigeration slows oxidation. While encapsulated products are somewhat protected, it's best to refrigerate all omega-3 supplements, especially liquids.

Does omega-3 cause prostate cancer? Some studies suggest a slight increase in prostate cancer risk, but the benefits of omega-3s generally outweigh this risk.


  • Freshness: Low oxidation (TOTOX < 10)
  • Purity: Free of contaminants
  • Form: Triglyceride or phospholipid for better absorption
  • Concentration: > 80% omega-3 fatty acids
  • Dose: 1.75-2.5 grams daily, adjusted for individual needs

Prioritizing high-quality, third-party validated supplements is crucial for reaping the full health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Case-in-point is Vegan Omega 3 from Zenwise. This AVA-Certified Vegan, Non-GMO formula contains Omega-3s derived from Nannochloropsis sp. marine algae with 140mg EPA and 280mg DHA in every serving.

If you have questions, reach our customer service team at support@zenwise.com or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at (800)940-1972.







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