by Shop Talk
Time and again, we have had emphasized that omega-3 fats are essential to our overall health. Health experts stress this with decades of research having been devoted to discovering the many health benefits of omega-3. It is time to have the ‘Facts’ in one place.
Omega-3 comes from mainly animals, most notably from fish oil as well as some plant sources. Omega 3s have become a multibillion-dollar business, with North Americans spending about 2.6 billion dollars on nutritional supplements and foods fortified with omega-3 fats.
Omega-3 and omega-6 are two types of fat that are essential for human health. However, the typical North American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in her diet while consuming very low omega-3 levels.
The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Today, our ratio averages from 20:1 to 50:1 – this spells serous dangers to your well-being! In fact, mainstream media has finally reported that lack of omega-3 is among the most serious and pressing health issues plaguing our world.
Omega-6 fats predominate the diet in the US, and this encourages the production of inflammation in the body. Many scientists believe that one reason there is a high incidence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, premature aging, and some cancer forms today is this profound omega-3-omega-6 imbalance.
Special attention should also be given to the fact that most women have major deficiencies of omega-3. A 1991 study at the Mayo Clinic focused on 19 “normal” pregnant women consuming “normal diets,” and it showed that all were deficient in omega-3 fats. Another study compared Inuit (Eskimo) women to Canadian women, and it revealed omega-3 deficiency in the milk of the Canadian nursing moms.
Animal cells cannot form omega-3, so a fetus must obtain all of its omega-3 fatty acids from its mother’s diet. A mother’s dietary intake and plasma concentrations of DHA directly influence the DHA level of the developing fetus, impacting the child’s brain and eye health.
In 2008, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published three studies investigating the role of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in elderly populations. Low concentrations of EPA and DHA resulted in an increased risk of death from all causes, as well as accelerated cognitive decline. The studies also suggest that a higher intake of omega-3s may bring certain health benefits that short-term supplementation cannot give.
Studies have also shown that omega-3 fats are anti-arrhythmic (preventing or counteracting cardiac arrhythmia), anti-thrombotic (prevents thrombosis or a blood clot within a blood vessel), anti-atherosclerotic (preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries), and anti-inflammatory (counteracting inflammation – the heat, pain, swelling, etc).
Do you want to maximize your child’s intellectual potential? A study published in Plos One in June 201310 linked low levels of DHA with poorer reading, and memory and behavioral problems in healthy school-age children. In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2013,11children who consumed an omega-3 fat supplement as infants scored higher on rule learning, vocabulary, and intelligent testing at ages 3 to 5. Previous research also found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behavior or learning disabilities are more likely to have low omega-3 fat levels. Omega-3 has such great impact on your brain health – EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation.
Benefits OmegaLife3 with the associated studies.
- Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics. (click on blue and studies open)
- Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy.
- Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity.
- Omega-3 in modest doses reduces cardiac deaths, and in high doses reduces nonfatal cardiovascular events.
- Dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients with myocardial infarction.
- Omega-3 fatty acid reduce the total mortality and sudden death in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction.
- Raising blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid levels may be 8 times more effective than distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and 2 times more effective than implanting implanting cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in preventing sudden death.
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack.
- Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplementation results in a substantial reduction in coronary calcium scores and slowed plaque growth.
- Omega-3 fatty acids prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery
- Omega-3 fatty acids improve macro- and microvascular function in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
- In patients with stable coronary artery disease, an independent and inverse association exists between n-3 fatty acid levels and inflammatory biomarkers.
- Omega-3 fatty acids improve endothelial function in peripheral arterial disease.
- Fish oil has a beneficial effect on blood viscosity in peripheral vascular disease.
- Fish oil supplementation improves walking distance in peripheral arterial disease.
- Omega-3 fish oil reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total mortalityin diabetic women.
- Higher plasma concentrations of EPA and DPA are associated with a lower risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction among women.
- Fish oil, but not flaxseed oil, decreases inflammation and prevents pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction.
- The consumption of fish reduces the risk of ischemic stroke in elderly individuals.
- A moderate intake of EPA and DHA may postpone cognitive decline in elderly men.
- Omega-3 fatty acids may have a therapeutic effect on postpartum depression.
- Omega-3 Fatty acids supplementation prevents and reverses insulin resistance.
- Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of urinary calcium oxalate stone formation.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for children with bronchial asthma.
- Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation may contribute to the prevention of early preterm birth in both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies.
- Fish consumption is associated with a 63% reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality.
- Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the severity of autoimmune disorders.
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may have a therapeutic role in attenuating pulmonary hypertension.
- Primary open-angle glaucoma patients have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids has significant therapeutic benefits and drug sparing activity in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Diets containing EPA and DHA have an inhibitory effect on breast cancer growth and metastasis.
- Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids may protect smokers against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more effective than placebo for depression in both adults and children in small controlled studies and in an open study of bipolar depression.
- A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
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Molecularly distilled to ensure exceptionally pure oil. Includes a proprietary antioxidant blend of rosemary, ascorbyl palmitate, natural tocopherols, and natural vitamin E to protect the oils from oxidation. Includes orange oil to prevent fishy after-taste. Formulated to deliver higher levels of EPA and DHA than other fish oil products,easy to swallow softgels. One serving of OmegaLife-3 provides 800 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA
Clinical studies have produced considerable data to support the effectiveness of omega-3 and EPA/DHA in promoting health, especially those that come from fish sources. There is no single definition of “pharmaceutical grade.” So instead of just looking for the words “pharmaceutical grade” in the fish oil product description, look at the potency of each product. Typically, to be considered pharmaceutical grade, the total omega-3 content of the fish oil should be 1,000mg per capsule, with 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA.
Unicity’s OmegaLife3 has more than double the total of Omega 3 content than the ‘Typical’ pharmaceutical grade products.
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