The secret of fish oil capsules
What do we really know about fish oil?
Warning! Only under adult supervision.
- fish oil capsules from different manufacturers;
Pierce two fish oil capsules from different manufacturers and pour their contents onto a piece of styrofoam. One of the capsules destroys the styrofoam, while the other leaves it intact!
Fish oil capsules contain compounds of docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acids (so-called omega-3 acids) with glycerin or ethyl alcohol. These acids are believed to have many beneficial properties, such as fighting inflammation. However, these acids cannot be synthesized by the human body and therefore are irreplaceable. Unfortunately, as they are metabolized, so-called reactive oxygen species (ROS) are formed in large quantities, which harm your cells. Omega-3 acids are most beneficial when obtained from wild fish meat. When you consume wild fish, you receive a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin, in addition to the omega-3 acids. Astaxanthin significantly reduces the level of ROS in the body, contributing to the normal absorption of omega-3 acids, but it isn’t contained in supplements.
Triglyceride molecules are large and therefore hardly interact with the styrofoam. But the molecules of ethyl esters are much smaller and can make a hole in the styrofoam in just a few minutes. Because of this, many believe that they can harm the human body, but this is not the case: both types of fat are absorbed in almost the same way.
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