The Best High EPA Fish Oil Supplement
I listened to a podcast the other day where the interview subject was Dr. Daryl Gioffre: he’s famous for being both Kelly Ripa’s doctor & the “Get Off Your Acids!” (aka “Get off Sugar”) guy. His main thesis is that nearly ALL of us are consuming too much sugar, which is making us far too acidic ~ & disease thrives in an acidic environment. In addition to reducing sugar intake, the interviewer asked him what his top two favorite supplements are. His response? A high EPA fish oil & a magnesium supplement, as most of us are deficient in both. This post will discuss the first recommendation, as we look for “The Best High EPA Fish Oil Supplement.”
The single-most important reason to be taking fish oil with high EPA (vs. DHA) is that EPA dramatically lowers inflammation in the body. “Studies have found that every single heart indicator benefits from taking high doses of EPA: cholesterol, plaque build-up, triglycerides, & blood pressure” all go down.
– Dr. Daryl Gioffre
- Hydrogenated Vegetable oil
- Canola oil
- Soybean oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Grapeseed oil (the worst Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio out of any food or oil)
- Animal protein including poultry, unless it’s grass-fed
- Processed foods like cereal, crackers, and chips
- Sesame & pumpkin seeds
- Wild-caught Alaskan or Pacific salmon
- Wild-caught Atlantic mackerel
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Flax Seeds
- White fish
- A high-quality fish oil supplement
What are You Eating More of…Omega 3 or 6?
Take a look at the two lists above: which list are you eating more foods from? Be honest! At first, I thought to myself: “Well, I don’t cook with vegetable oils ~ so I’m okay with regard to Omega-6’s.” HOWEVER, when I eat out, it’s definitely possible that some restaurants are cooking with these oils; I also consume a lot of protein, including animal protein, lots of eggs, sunflower seeds ~ & I do eat crackers & bread in moderation (which I didn’t even realize are high in Omega-6). So while I do love salmon, I don’t always eat it weekly: the truth is, I’m probably consuming more Omega-6’s!
“It’s critical that the average adult take a full 3,000mg of Omega-3 fish oil every single day. That’s far more than you’re likely getting from a standard fish oil supplement. It will help you balance your Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio, regulate healthy cholesterol, & keep inflammation levels at bay in your brain & your body.”
– Dr. Daryl Gioffre
The Effects of Consuming High EPA Fish Oil
Last weekend, I had a little girl’s reunion with friends from high school, & we really overdid it on the sugar & alcohol consumption; the week prior, my aunt was in town, & we happened to have alcohol every day (which is not normal for me). When I got home from my trip, not only did I feel inflamed ~ but when I looked in the mirror, my face was puffier & redder. Let’s just say, not a good combination! After listening to the podcast with Dr. Gioffre, I realized that I had run out of my high EPA fish oil supplement months ago, & forgotten to re-order. So I immediately ordered it from Amazon, & started taking 3,000mg+ per day.
It’s now a week later, & here’s what I’ve noticed:
- Brighter, less tired-looking eyes (the difference is dramatic);
- Softer, more supple skin ~ on both face & body;
- My makeup is going on easier, as the skin is smoother;
- I’ve been pooping more! I don’t know if there are specific studies on this, but anecdotally: I notice that when taking a high EPA fish oil, pooping is far easier…again, I think the fish oil “lubes” you up from the inside out;
- Less dry eye.
Why High EPA & Which Supplement to Take?
Dr. Gioffre isn’t the only doctor recommending taking fish oil with high EPA: the massively popular Stanford neuroscientist Andrew Huberman also recommends taking a high-EPA fish oil supplement as one of his top protocols. He recommends taking between 1,500-3,000mg of fish oil daily; which is in line with Gioffre’s recommendation.
But why does Andrew Huberman recommend taking such high does of fish oil? Primarily for cognitive & brain health, which happens to be his area of expertise. The #1 most important food element for brain health, says Huberman, is: FAT. 60% of our brains are made up of fat. If we don’t have enough fat in our diets, our brain (& heart) health suffers. He also points out that most of us are consuming plenty of Omega-6’s (again, review the two lists above); but most of us are NOT getting enough Omega-3’s.
And here’s the real rub: our bodies do NOT produce Omega-3’s by themselves!! (See this study from Harvard for stats on this). We MUST & can only convert food into Omega-3’s; thus, if you’re not eating enough salmon, white fish, flax, & chia seeds ~ it’s imperative that you supplementwith high-EPA fish oil. The one Andrew Huberman recommends is Thorne’s Super EPA; one capsule has 425mg of EPA, so you’ll need to take 3-4 capsules per day to reach his recommended daily allowance.
The Thorne supplement is quite expensive, so here’s a great alternative: the one I use is Bronson’s Omega-3 Fish Oil Triple Strength; two capsules have 1,250mg of EPA, 488mg of DHA. What I love about this supplement: there’s ZERO fishy taste or smell. On a “normal” day, I’ll take two capsules; if I’m feeling extra-inflamed (or have drank too much), I’ll take 3-4 capsules.
Experiment with this & find out what works best for you.
The Best High EPA Fish Oil Supplement
Let me know in the comments below if you take a high EPA fish oil supplement….or if you were even aware what the heck high EPA means!? If you start taking one, I would love to hear what effects you notice.
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