Abstract

Fish Oil Triglycerides vs. Ethyl Esters


Author: Gross M, Klein E, et.al
Source: Lange Eye Care & Associates
Publication Date: 12/1/2009

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Abstract

Omega-3s from fish oil, eicosapantaeonic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come to consumers in one of two forms: triglycerides or ethyl esters. One of the most controversial and debated quality issues surrounding fish oil is which form of fish oil is best – Triglyceride (TG) or Ethyl Ester (EE)? What form are the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in when we absorb them from eating fish? The answer is triglyceride. Over 98% of all fats ingested are in triglyceride form.