Omega 3s: as easy as A-B-C
An early Jackson 5 song sings in my brain when I think of supplemental nutrition. “A-B-C / It’s easy as 1–2-3 / As simple as do-re-mi. A-B-C, 1–2-3. Baby, you and me girl.”
The first decision is which tablet to purchase to enhance and supplement your health: Vitamin A, or which B, or C. Then the dosage chimes in with 1, or 2, or 3. Its as easy as do-re-mi to pick the brand that is the most pure and reliable.
Don’t let anyone kid you, supplemental nutrition is not like the Jackson 5 song. It is anything but easy to decide and then choose to consume supplemental nutrition.
Nutrition experts and medical professionals are in constant controversy over this subject. The recent discovery of the body’s use and need of Vitamin D is a perfect example of supplement misrepresentation. Dr. Michael F. Holick was shunned by his peers but he believed in his research to persevere. Now Vitamin D is the most popular supplement taken.
The purity or impurity of supplement and vitamin tablet or capsule is protected by the Federal labeling laws. I tend to stick to the name brands of supplements when purchasing them for myself.
My biggest dilemma in the decision to supplement or not is centered around Omega 3s. Since the 1970s the oils from certain cold water fish were found to improve cardiac health. Unfortunately the recommendation to consume more fish to maintain a heart healthy diet resulted in more fast food fish sandwiches purchased. These meals consist of a type of fish that is not even one of the recommended ones that is coated in carbohydrates and bathed in fat. Resulting in a counterproductive move for the proactive diner.
I started to take Omega3 fish oil capsules years ago since heart disease runs deeply in my genetic make-up. My dear sweetheart, you-know-who, took the advice of his wise wife and began downing a capsule as well. Since I eat a hearty oatmeal, raisin, walnut breakfast daily, I have no problem with the undesirable belching of odiferous fish oil hours afterwards. You Know Who on the other hand often complained about the bout of burps and the disagreeable odor and taste.
A bit of research lead me to recommend that we switch to flaxseed capsules. Fish oil supplements supply the essential nutrients labeled EPA and DHA which are vital to the brain and cardiac system, to name a few benefits. Flaxseed contains ALA which eventually breaks down into EPA and DHA in the body without the burps.
Not wanting to depend upon the practice of not-belching to predict my risk of a heart attack, I did some serious research on these two oily gems that potentially supplement my already balanced diet. In short, I recommend that we go back to the fish oil compound Omega 3 because it is better absorbed and used by the body.
I am not a vegetarian, I have no objection to switching back to or even adding the fish oil capsules to the flaxseed that I take each day. You-know-who, on the other hand, still balks at the belch.
My research has discovered two ways to control the fishy burp. One solution is to take the supplement prior to a full meal so that the contents of the capsule mixes well with other foodstuffs. Another idea is to keep the capsules in the freezer before swallowing. The gel containing the fish oil will not defrost until it passes through the gut into the small intestines where it will be absorbed without the fear of regurgitation.
A-B-C / It’s easy as 1–2-3 / As simple as do-re-mi. A-B-C, 1–2-3. Freeze the Omega3s. A catchy tune for a healthier you.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330–684-4776.