What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
What are Omega-3s? Why do we need them and how do they work?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are the critical building blocks for hormones and are key to the reduction of inflammation. In a healthy system, Inflammation is the way in which the body’s immune system wages combat against either an unwanted toxin or trauma. However, when that Inflammation persists and becomes Chronic, it is a key factor in weight gain, chronic disease, and aging more rapidly. Omega-3s are found most prominently in a variety of fish and fish oils and a diet rich in omega-3s can reduce inflammation. Omega-6 Fatty Acids act as the alter-ego (pro-inflammatory) to the anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Omega 6s promote inflammation are prominent in the American or “Western Diet” as they are associated with foods fried in corn oil, soybean oil, and safflower oil). The result is most Americans consume too little of the foods that are high in omega-3s and too much of the foods that are high in omega-6 created unbalance and Inflammation.
Clinical Research Studies have demonstrated that the sharp increase in our obesity epidemic correlates to the increased intake of omega-6s. Without a corresponding increase in omega 3s, there is not an appropriate balance of both to minimize inflammation and promote overall wellness.
Health Benefits of Omega-3s
There are a myriad of beneficial outcomes a diet rich in Omega 3s and that come low in omega-6s will produce:
- Athletic Performance
- Behavior and Mood
- Brain Health
- Heart Health
- Pre/Postnatal Health
Which Omega-3s Are Important for Health?
The primary benefit of omega-3s is its ability to resolve inflammation. Clinical Research Studies have focused on two omega-3s to record their clinical benefits pertaining to decreased inflammation: EPA (Eicosatetraenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). Both EPA and DHA are found primarily in fish and fish oil.
EPA helps minimize the formation of pro-inflammatory hormones (i.e. eicosanoids) while both EPA and DHA help manufacture hormones critical to resolving inflammation (i.e. resolvins).
The 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA has been scientifically demonstrated to produce the widest range of health benefits.
Why Omega-3 Fish Oil and not Krill Oil, Flaxseed or Other Omega-3 Products?
Dr. Deepti recommends her patients consume a minimum of 3000 mg of EPA and DHA daily for wellness and to reduce inflammation. To get the most beneficial results and the highest intake you need purified omega-3 fish oil rather than consuming fish alone. However, not all fish oils are the same.
Krill oil is often advertised for its benefits and often considered because it is typically a lower-cost alternative. However, Krill oil is not fish oil but is actually made of crustaceans (small shrimp). The process of harvesting and extracting krill oil involves the use of harmful chemicals (acetone and hexane).
Flaxseed is a vegetarian source of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Flaxseed oil is only beneficial if it is converted into EPA and DHA and the conversion process is very inefficient resulting in only about 1-10%. You would, therefore, need to increase your consumption to large quantities of flaxseed oil to yield the same benefits as a far smaller quantity EPA and DHA rich fish oil.
What is different about our Omega-3s?
Dr. Deepti spent several months sourcing a fish oil manufacturer who offers the highest levels of purity. While all fish oil products are comprised of the same raw materials (sardines and anchovies), the distinction between them is their purification., Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are highly toxic industrial compounds that have been banned from manufacture in the United States since 1977. However, because PCBs are slow to break down and can persist in the environment at dangerous levels, they are also the most difficult toxins to remove from fish oil. Dr. Deepti’s standards for PCBs are far more stringent than pharmaceutical dietary supplement standards and she sources only the highest International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) products.
The health benefits of omega-3s is delivered through the total amount of EPA and DHA contained within the oils. We always carry two fish oil products:
- Our Omega 3 contains 1500mg of pure omega 3 per dose with 1200mg of EPA and 600mg of DHA
- Our Omega Ultimate contains 3000mg of pure omega 3 per dose with 2400mg of EPA and 450mg of DHA
When you purchase an omega-3 fatty acid product it’s imperative to review the cost per gram of EPA and DHA. There are plenty of companies advertising omega-3s, however, our different products have some of the lowest cost per gram of EPA and DHA of any fish oil product on the market. Furthermore, the highest purity standards and freshness.
Dr. Deepti has dedicated almost 20 years of research on the impact of diet and omega-3s on inflammation and hormonal response. She has introduced thousands of patients to the vast benefits of omega-3s and has played a critical role in sourcing the manufacturing, purification, and stabilization of high potency and purity omega-3 products.
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