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Essential Fatty Acids

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Fish oil and essential fatty acids are well known for their benefits on reducing bad cholesterol (*1), improving lipid profile (*2), (*3) and fighting inflammatory processes (*4). We offer high-quality fish oils and omega-3 supplements made with the purest ingredients available.

In the 70s, researchers made ​​an intriguing discovery while studying the Eskimos from Greenland. Although they were ingesting large amounts of fats they didn't tend to register cardiovascular disease episodes. The explanation was in the dietary fish oils from the fatty fish which served as the basis for their food.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is considered to be an essential fatty acid, meaning that that the body can't synthesize it. Omega-3 fatty acids, unlike saturated and trans-fats, help keep the arteries clear by promoting a better functioning of the cardiovascular system (*5) and offering protection against heart disease (*6).

Fish oil supplements

Typical Western diets contain high intakes of red meat, high-fat foods,refined grains and high-sugar drinks. This may deregulate omega-3 / omega-6 ratio thereby promoting inflammatory processes.

Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help maintain an optimal 1:1 ratio and so help the blood vessels to remain healthy and reduce the risk of plaque build-up. Fish oil is known to stimulate eicosanoids, signaling molecules with anti-inflammatory activity.

Omega-3 fatty acids benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids lower both serum triglycerides (*7) and LDL 'bad' cholesterol (*1), improve immune function (*8) and have anti-inflammatory activity (*4).

Research shows that consumption of fatty fish (rich in omega-3) is associated with a lower heart failure incidence (*9). The American Heart Association recommends that an adult consume two units of any fatty fish (such as salmon) per week. This is equivalent to consume 400 to 500 mg of EPA and DHA per day. Individuals suffering from any heart disease should double that amount (1000 mg) (*10).

Any person who can't have the recommended fatty fish weekly amount can get their omega-3 through supplements.

EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids)

There are three major types of omega 3. The first two - Eicosapentaenoicacid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - are found mainly in fish such as salmon, tuna, trout and sardines. EPA and DHA are often called omega-3 marine.The third omega-3 fatty acid is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and can be mainly found in plant-based foods, such as flax seed, walnuts and soy oil.

According to research, EPA and DHA seem to have more health benefits than ALA (*11). Both EPA and DHA provide protection against heart attacks and strokes (*12), (*13). In addition,these fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties (*4).

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References:

(*1) - Arteriosclerosis. 1984 May-Jun;4(3):270-5
(*2) - Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2006 Aug;40(8):691-7
(*3) - Ren Fail. 2010;32(9):1031-5
(*4) - Subcell Biochem. 2008;49:133-43
(*5) - J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Nov 8;58(20):2047-67
(*6) - BMJ. 2004 Jan 3;328(7430):30-5
(*7) - Curr Opin Lipidol. 2006 Aug;17(4):387-93
(*8) - Annu Rev Nutr. 2006;26:45-73
(*9) - Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jun;64(6):587-94
(*10) - Circulation. 2002 Nov 19;106(21):2747-57
(*11) - Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2003; 23: 151-152
(*12) - Am J Clin Nutr June 2006 vol. 83 no. 6 S1477-1482S
(*13) - J Nutr. 2012 Mar;142(3):614S-625S

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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