How Much Do You Really Even Need?
Experts recommend 500-1000mg of total EPA and DHA daily. That's 4-6 servings of fatty fish per week! How do most people do in that department?
Not well.
  • The average American consumes 12% of the recommended amount
  • 75% of Americans reported no intake of EPA or DHA in a given day in a national survey
  • The average American eats fewer than 1 meal of fatty fish per week
To make things even more complicated, pregnant women and children under age 6 are urged to limit their consumption of fatty fish due to the risk of mercury and other contaminants.
That's where supplements can help.
Omega-3s Are seriously good for you
Omega-3 is a classification of many long-chain fatty acids. Don't stress—we're here to make it simple. From a nutritional perspective, you're really concerned with EPA and DHA—the good stuff.
EPA
Clinically proven to support normal circulatory health, healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels, mood and the body's natural anti-inflammatory response. If you have a concern about one of these, you should focus on getting more EPA.
DHA
Clinically researched to support eye, brain & skin health, and key for healthy brain development in fetuses and newborns. Also supports normal brain cell and nervous system function. If you have a concern about one of these, you should focus on getting more DHA.
EPA and DHA are readily used by the body and together play an important role in overall health.
What's Up With Omega-6s & Omega-9s?
These guys—which also have health benefits of their own—are abundant in vegetable oils, olive oil and animal fats. Most Western diets include more than enough, so you should be aware of your intake—too much omega-6 has been linked to negative health effects.
Where do you get what you need?
Your body cannot make omegas by itself, so this comes down to your diet.
For seafood lovers, this one's easy. The best source of omega-3 fatty acids is fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, anchovies). It's also present in certain shellfish, such as krill, oysters, mussels and shrimp.
Don't eat fish? Don't worry—there are good vegetarian options, too.
Seeds and nuts are rich in ALA, the parent omega-3 that body can convert into EPA and DHA. Because the conversion is inefficient, however, you need to eat more to achieve the equivalent amount of EPA and DHA compared to fish oil. New algae sources have been found that provide EPA + DHA so if you are a vegetarian, consider looking for an algae-based EPA + DHA supplement.
Why Does GNC Have the Best Omega-3s?
Not getting enough omegas through diet alone? No problem.
GNC carries a variety of omega-3 supplements in a range of potencies and forumlas to help you get what you need, even if you aren't eating fish every day.
Our standards are as high as yours. That's why GNC omega formulas deliver superior potency, quality and purity to ensure your 100% satisfaction...guaranteed, or your money back.
  • Potency: Ultra-concentrated to provide up to 100mg total EPA and DHA in a single softgel—as much as many prescription-strength formulas
  • Purity: Purified in a 5-step, state-of-the-art process to eliminate detectable levels of mercury, lead, PCBs and dioxins
  • Quality: Extracted with superior technology and enteric coated to reduce those gross fishy burps