One of the main fats in fish is a polyunsaturated fatty acid called omega-3. These differ from the polyunsaturated fats found in many vegetable oils, often called omega-6s, and have a different effect on the body. (Fish don’t manufacture such fats but get them from the plankton they eat. The colder the water, the more the omega-3s the plankton contains.)
The two most potent forms of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are found in abundance in cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and tuna (even when tinned). A third type of omega-3, alpha-linolenic (ALA), can be sourced from certain vegetable oils, such as flaxseed oil, and some leafy greens. However, ALA doesn’t affect the body in the same way that EPA and DHA does.
It must be noted that many of our diets are low in omega-3.
Suggested uses that it may assist with:
- Normalizing raised triglycerides in the blood stream
- Depression and stress
- Circulatory, inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases
- Poor concentration
- Blood clotting
- Compromised immune system
- Arthritis, joint issues
- Crohn’s Disease
- Enhance the immune system
- Increases the ability to concentrate.
What it benefits:
- Omega-3 plays a key role in a range of vital body processes, from blood pressure and blood clotting, inflammation, immunity and even our skin.
- Omega 3 is a natural oil with high concentrations of long chain polyunsaturated fats i.e. eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA). This product is principally derived from salmon. It has been seen to be beneficial in the treatment of cholesterol by helping to reduce total cholesterol, LDL, VLDL, triglycerides and in increasing HDL. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease. These fatty acids derived from Omega 3 have also been known to have anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic properties.
- They compete with arachidonic acid in the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways. This then results in the decreased synthesis of thromboxane A2 from arachidonic acid. Thromboxane A2 is responsible for vasoconstriction and platelet aggregation. By increasing the intake of the fatty acids found in Omega 3 oil, the synthesis of thromboxane A2 can be decreased and so can platelet aggregation and vasoconstriction. They can also result in the increase of prostacyclin which is a prostaglandin which causes vasodilation and so can also result in less platelet aggregation. Fish oils are also known to decrease platelet adhesion in ADP-stimulated platelets. It appears that Omega 3 fatty acids suppress COX – 2 expression, the inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL) – 1 alpha and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) – alpha. Observations have been made that seem to also indicate that Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the synthesis of leukotrienes by competing with and stunting the synthesis of arachhidonic acid. This could be useful in conditions like asthma.
- Recent research has shown that omega-3 strengthens the heart’s electrical system, preventing heart-rhythm abnormalities. It must be noted though that the strongest evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of fish oils comes from studies in which the participants ate fish rather than taking fish oil supplements. Within the artery walls, omega-3 inhibits inflammation, which is a factor in plaque build-up. As a result, therapeutic doses of fish oils are one of the few successful ways to prevent the re-blocking of arteries that commonly occurs after angioplasty, a procedure in which a small balloon is guided through an artery to a blockage and then is inflated to compress plaque, widen the vessel and improve blood flow to the heart. This effect on blood vessels makes fish oils helpful for Raynaud’s disease as well.
- Heart disease, Raynaud’s disease, lupus and psoriasis – 3,000mg/day
- Rheumatoid arthritis: 6,000 mg/day.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: 5 000mg/day
- In many therapeutic conditions the dosages must be high for 6 – 10 weeks – once levels in the body are adequate, pain or swelling decrease, blood results normalized etc. then reduce down to a lower maintenance dose.
||Each cap contains
||EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
||DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)