In the realm of natural health and wellness, it’s not uncommon to see a plethora of supplement recommendations. Vitamin D, Iron, Fish Oil, Magnesium, and more, are often advised to make up for what our food system lacks. And while we appreciate the convenience and availability, blindly taking supplements does not good health make.
At Velle, we believe in the incredible benefits of Omega-3s for our overall well-being. However, we want to shed light on the potential dangers of consuming rancid fish oil, especially when it comes to our delicate hormone balance. This is particularly crucial for women, especially those who are planning to conceive or are already pregnant, as they are often recommended fish oil supplements.
An eye-opening study conducted by LabDoor revealed that a staggering 1 in 10 fish oils available in the market are rancid, with some even surpassing recommended dosages 11x.
Consuming highly inflammatory fish oils exposes you to the following:
- Oxidative Stress: Rancid fish oil contains oxidized fats that can contribute to oxidative stress in your body. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, leading to cellular damage and inflammation.
- Harmful Additives: Rancid fish oil often has a strong, unpleasant odor and taste. This can lead to manufacturers using harmful artificial flavors and scents to mask taste and smell.
- Gastrointestinal Issues: Rancid fish oil can irritate the digestive system, leading to symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, or indigestion. The disruption of the gut-lining is often one of the quickest ways that women develop hormonal imbalances.
- Negative Impact on Heart Health: Consuming rancid fish oil with oxidized fats may negate the potential cardiovascular benefits associated with omega-3 fatty acids.
- Other Harmful Substances: Rancid fish oil may contain harmful substances produced during the oxidation process, such as compounds called peroxides, which can cause cellular damage.
While supplements can be a convenient way to get your necessary nutrients, we always advocate for a diet first approach, which includes high-quality and fresh seafood to get the necessary Omega 3’s your body needs.