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Breaking News: A Crucial Fish Oil Mistake

Another study (Lawson and Hughes) found that the absorption of DHA and EPA, the predominant omega-3 fatty acids crucial to human health, was three times higher when volunteers ingested them with a fat-rich meal (44 grams of fat) than when co-ingested with a low-fat meal (8 grams of fat).

I’ll give you one more: Kling, et al. found plasma concentrations of DHA and EPA were five times higher when administered with a high-fat meal than with a low-fat meal.

Ack! I’ve habitually been taking my fish oil with breakfast for years, and my breakfast, except for a dash of kefir, is about as low in fat as a brick! I suspect this is the case with a lot of other breakfast fish-oil users, too.

Unless you’re eating whole eggs and bacon for breakfast, your breakfast is probably pretty low in fat too, and you’re thus not reaping the benefits of fish oil.

The same, of course, goes for those who take their fish oil supplements with their protein shakes or with some other low-fat meal.

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