Umh it isn't as simple as that. The O3 is useful when eaten from fish. It has been shown to have many benefits. When you extract it, isolate it, and prepare as some concentrated form of supplement, it loses pretty much all of its benefits. So much so that its rare to find any study showing any benefit from fish oil supplementation. Most are inconclusive and statistically insignificant.Fact is: we get too much omega6 in relation to omega3. One way to counteract this would be to supplement with epa/dha.
Do you have a link for that paper?Umh it isn't as simple as that. The O3 is useful when eaten from fish. It has been shown to have many benefits. When you extract it, isolate it, and prepare as some concentrated form of supplement, it loses pretty much all of its benefits. So much so that its rare to find any study showing any benefit from fish oil supplementation. Most are inconclusive and statistically insignificant.
Obviously the industry doesn't want you knowing that. Fish oil is the most commonly taken nonvitamin/nonmineral natural product in the US. Americans spend over a billion dollars a year on these supplements. But one simple search (like "is fish oil supplement effective?") shows link after link as to how it's not. The science quite simply doesn't seem to back it up. They're also really expensive. I can buy a ton of sardines for much less money, and get magnitudes more benefit.
Just my 2 cents. Take 'em for what they're worth.
It was mostly operating under the assumption that you're replacing another source of protein (say chicken, which is equivalently priced) for sardines. So with that mindset, it's next to free. A low-potency fish oil might cost 10 bucks for 50 servings, but you're only paying for the O3. That was my logic.Is fish oil really that expensive in other countries?
Krill oil seems to be better than fish oil, because the fishes get their O3 from the krill by eating it. It's "more true to the source" if you want to call it that.
You can get high quality krill oil for 70cents per days serving here in Germany, generic (but still high qulity) fish oil even cheaper. I don't think that buying sardines would be cheaper.
Glutamine, Arginine and BCAAs are pretty "whatever". Research doesn't seem to back it up much and most coaches don't even seem to recommend anymore.I can't say that I got any effects from other supps I used before (creatine, arginin, BCAAs, glutamine etc.) So the only things I take are those two and together they are less than 80cents per day.
Yes, if you buy fish to replace meats plus get the benefits of O3 than it's probably cheaper.I mean it can be mackerel, tuna (although watch the mercury), whatever. If you're grossed out by fish, or whole fish or whatever, that's a different story. Fish oil is most likely better than nothing at all. No argument there.
And here's the reason why studies, especially about nutrition or training, shouldn't be taken as the end-all-be-all.The studies compared seafood eating folks vs o3 supplementation and that is rather a correlation as I might suspect that people who eat fish regularly are in general more health aware as opposed to people taking supplements as a quick fix. So I might coclude that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with epa/dha supplements lowering its efficency (as long as they are processed under good manufacturing pracrice).
But I agree that eating cold water sea food that is low on the food chain is best.