Every morning it was me against this giant pill that was supposed to contain a boost of benefits from reducing cardiovascular disease to fighting rheumatoid arthritis. I'm not the only one. Apparently 17 million other people are swallowing the pill with the same hopes and with better luck than I had. Most clinical trials on Omega-3s (and there have been many!) show little difference between the mega supplement and a placebo.
There are three major types of Omega-3s, the ones most commonly found are EPA and DHA in the supplement aisle. The other one is ALA which has garnered more interest for weight-loss in the last few years. So why take it besides the obvious benefits and listening to your doctor's advice? Unlike other nutrients, Omega-3 is easier to get without eating wads of plants, but most of us just are not. Salmon and mackerel are the two of the most obvious sources, but chia seeds, sardines and walnuts are also loaded with them.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds in my chocolate smoothie this morning was a much easier (and delicious) pill to swallow and brings me much closer to my RDA of Omega-3.