Recently there has been a debate about how to supplement our diet to get the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we need. This debate is centered around the notion that fish oil is a less effective source of EFAs than is what has been called “Parent Essential Oils” or PEOs for short.
Is it true that PEOs are a more beneficial source of EFAs rather than traditional sources of Omega 3 such as fish oils?
The reality is most of what you’ve heard about PEOs is simply marketing hype – yet another “latest and greatest” product touted as a more “proper” way to benefit the body.
The whole issue with essential fatty acids boils down to one thing – the quality, reliability, and safety of the processing of the supplement you’re consuming.
What’s important here is not so much where the EFAs come from – it’s how they are handled and processed.
There are very stringent guidelines that differentiate over-the-counter EFAs from the pharmaceutical grade EFAs.
Highly sophisticated handling and manufacturing processes ensure that high quality Omega 3 undergoes an advanced molecular distillation process that filters out heavy metals, pollutants, and other contaminants.
The result is a highly purified, consistent manufacturing process that exceeds the already rigorous quality standards set into place by the International Pharmacopoeia and the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s Omega 3 monograph (the industry’s voluntary standard for purity … which incidentally PEO manufacturers do NOT conform to).
Every batch of Omega 3 that goes through this process is checked for numerous contaminants – including 220 pesticides, 6 heavy metals, 7 markers of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 15 dioxins and 12 dioxin-like PCBs. Additionally, Omega 3 is screened for yeast, molds, and harmful bacteria.
The bottom line is this – don’t believe the hype.
There’s no proven benefit to getting EFAs from parent essential oils at all.
What should matter to consumers is the purity, consistency, and reliability of the EFAs they are consuming.