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February Supplement Of the Month


Fish Oil is 10% OFF the Month Of February!


The Many Benefits of Fish Oil

If you aren’t taking fish oil by now you at least know someone who is. When I mention nutrition to new patients I always suggest three or four main supplements that are vital to people who want the best for their family. Fish oil is always one of them. It is important in so many ways, most importantly as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-aging component. Studies have shown that the omega-3’s in fish oil help with arthritis, dementia, and cardiovascular disease just to name a few.

Fish oil is mentioned in over 23,000 research studies on PubMed, most of them positive. There have been a few studies which questionable results, and as you may have noticed, they are the ones that get the press. But it is commonly accepted health knowledge that fish oil is good for your blood lipids, so those of you risking the side effects of Lipitor now have a safer option. It has been shown to decrease brain inflammation and benefit those of you with dementia including Alzheimers, so those of you who have been told there is nothing you can do can now do something. It has been shown to improve inflammatory arthritis so those of you taking over the counter anti-inflammatories like Tylenol can stop damaging your liver (the number one cause of liver failure in the U.S. is taking acetaminophen!!).Fish oil has also been shown to be effective in decreasing the severity of depression so those of you taking prescription anti-depressants (which have many side effects including suicidal thoughts) have a better safer option.

Some people have tried fish oil and quit due to two main reasons; it “didn’t work”, or the infamous “fish burps”. Both of these can be linked to the same problem which is low quality fish oil. Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If you are getting the burps, you know you just bought cheap stuff, and it is probably already going rancid. A good test of quality is to freeze your fish oil capsules. If they stay clear, you have high quality product. If it gets cloudy or solid, throw it out! You can pretty much guess based on where you bought them if they are high quality as well. People don’t go to discount stores to buy high quality anything, especially health care products.

Look for the words “pharmaceutical grade”, “filtered”, and look for a “GMP” seal that shows it has been certified by an outside agency. And don’t look for price. When is the last time you shopped around for the best price for chemotherapy? You certainly wouldn’t bargain shop for the cheapest surgeon, would you? You want what is best for your family and the same line of thinking should go into buying the supplements that can make such a difference in the health of your family.

Some people question whether krill oil isn’t a better option. While some experts favor krill oil, the risk of rancidity is higher, and the purported advantages are actually pretty minimal. The ability to control the quality of fish is much higher than krill, and fish oil tends to have a better shelf life and less oxidation.

At Burtis Chiropractic Center we are continuously searching for the highest quality supplements like Metagenics and Biotics that have the best absorption, the most purity, and pharmaceutical grade standards. We refuse to sell a number of brands that are still carried at other facilities in Martin County. Remember, you get what you pay for. And when it comes to your health, cheap just costs too much.

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