High Strength 1000mg of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oil capsules
Benefits at a glance:
- These omega oil capsules are a great source of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), Linoleic Acid (LA), Oleic Acid (OA) and Vitamin E.
- EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart (with a daily intake of 250mg).
- DHA and EPA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure (with a daily intake of 3g of EPA and DHA)*
- DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels (with a daily intake of 2g of DHA and when taken in combination with EPA)*
- DHA contributes to maintenance of normal brain function (with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA)
- DHA contributes to maintenance of normal vision (with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA)
- A daily intake of at least 200mg of DHA whilst pregnant contributes to the normal brain and eye development of the foetus and breastfed infants.
- ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels (with a daily intake of 2g).
- LA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels (with a daily intake of 10g).
- Replacing saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. OA is an unsaturated fat.
- Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Essential fatty acids are needed for normal growth and development of children (this beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 2 g of ALA and a daily intake of 10g of LA).
*Users should not exceed a supplemental daily intake of 5g of EPA and DHA combined.
What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?
Essential fatty acids are a group of unsaturated fatty acids that are essential for growth and body function. EFA activity requires three polyunsaturated fatty acids (linolenic, linoleic and arachidonic). The most essential are linoleic and arachidonic, which are closely involved in metabolism, transport of fats and maintenance of cell membranes. While linolenic and arachidonic acids can be synthesised by the body, linoleic cannot.
The Two Types of Essential Fatty Acids
There are two types of essential fatty acids – Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids. Most people get adequate amounts of Omega 6 fatty acids through their diet, but not enough Omega 3. Over the past 50 years, the consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids has significantly declined in the West.
What Foods Contain Omega 3 Oils?
Omega 3 oils are generally found in fatty fish, deep green vegetables and some grains and seeds. They contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is metabolised into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the body. DHA is found in high concentration in the grey matter of the brain and the retina of the eye, and is instrumental in the function of brain cell membranes (which are in turn important for the transmission of brain signals).
Omega 9 Oils are not classed as Essential Fatty Acids
Unlike Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Omega 9 fatty acids are not classed as EFAs. This is because they can be manufactured by the human body from unsaturated fat and are therefore not “essential” in the diet. Having said that, vegans, vegetarians, semi-vegetarians and others with restricted diets (for whatever reason) may require greater dietary input.