This Is The Most Effective Time Of Day To Take Omega-3

Chances are you have already heard a lot about omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats are linked to a wide variety of important health benefits including heart and cardiovascular protection, improvements in the functioning of the brain and eyes, mental health support for conditions like depression and Alzheimer's, and infant development (via SciTechDaily). Top dietary sources include flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, salmon, herring, and sardines (per the National Institutes of Health).

While omega-3 fatty acids are found in several dietary sources, it may still be hard to get enough, especially if you're not a big fan of fish. That's where supplementation can help boost your daily intakes. In addition to ensuring you're taking the right amounts, research also suggests there may be an optimal time to pop your omega-3 supplement in order to better absorb the fatty acids. Interestingly, it all has to do with the timing of your meals and what those meal components are made of.

How to better absorb your omega-3's

Science suggests that omega-3 fatty acids should be taken at a time of day when you are eating a meal high in healthy fats. This is due to the fact that fat has been shown to help with omega-3 fatty acid assimilation and bioavailability, meaning your body will have an easier time absorbing the omega-3 fatty acids (via Healthline). 

A 2019 study published in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care supported this theory and found within their studies that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two beneficial long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, had "markedly improved" bioavailability when consumed with a meal containing fat.

Besides taking omega-3 supplements with a meal rich in healthy dietary fat, another key to getting the best results from this supplement may be to consume it over a long period of time, according to Healthline. Before adding any supplement to your diet, it's best to check with your doctor to ensure it won't interact with your current medications and that you're taking the right dosage. General dosage guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Health (NIH) vary based on a person's sex, age, and pregnancy status.