Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats we need for optimum health. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get adequate amounts of omega-3s in their diets. Foods containing these fatty acids include oily, cold water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines; walnuts; and freshly ground flaxseeds and hemp seeds.
A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids has been reported to promote many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance, inflammatory conditions, neurological disturbances, asthma/allergies, and cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, have strong anti-inflammatory effects.
EPA and DHA come from the polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and are classified as omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil has been reported beneficial in improving lipid profiles and decreasing inflammation, leading to a reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and metabolic imbalances such as type 2 diabetes. Fish oils may also improve immune function and neurological function.
I am a firm believer in the importance of increasing your intake of omega-3 whether through fish oil supplements or other dietary sources. While fish oil supplements are the easiest way to get the omega-3 fatty acids, this is a supplement where you want to be especially careful. It is very common for fish oil supplements to contain PCB’s. They can also easily go rancid. If fish oil is poorly refined, it will smell unpleasant so manufacturers often add flavorings to mask the smell.
I recommend against purchasing grocery store, pharmacy or discount store brands of fish oil and only purchase from a source you trust. If these products become rancid, they oxidize and will be more of a detriment than a benefit to your health. As an added precaution against oxidation, I also recommend storing your fish oil supplements in the refrigerator as heat increases the risk of oxidation.
Some may say I am overly cautious, but if you are going to spend money on supplements, you want to be sure you are purchasing only what you need and they are actually working to improve your health.
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Benefits at a Glance
Ultra-pure, molecularly distilled fish oil concentrate
Beneficial in improving lipid profiles
Reduces the risk of developing heart disease and metabolic imbalances
This mixed fatty acid supplement supplies important fatty acids that are often difficult to obtain from the diet. OmegaThera™ was formulated to favor omega-3 fatty acids over omega-6 fatty acids to help maintain a healthy fatty acid ratio when added to typical diets that tend to be too low in omega-3.† Omega-3 fatty acids are present as alpha-linolenic acid, an essential dietary fatty acid, as well as EPA and DHA, activated forms of omega-3 known for their ability to support a variety of physiological processes, including regulation of inflammation and lipoprotein metabolism, and brain and immune function.† Omega-6 fatty acids are also supplied as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), the activated form of omega-6 whose conversion from linoleic acid (LA) may be compromised by poor diet and other factors. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a variant of linoleic acid, favorably influences fat metabolism and offers unique cell protective benefits.† Oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid, is also present as a natural constituent of flaxseed oil. OmegaThera™ augments the actions of MultiThera® multivitamin formulas by combining concentrated amounts of key nutritional fatty acids derived from premium plant seeds and fish oils in one convenient product. Natural carob and vitamin E added to the softgel maintain freshness by protecting against fatty acid oxidation.
Serving Size: 1 softgel
Amount per serving:
Marine Fish Oil Concentrate (anchovy, sardine and/or mackerel)..........550mg
Supplying the following omega-3 fatty acids:
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)..........165mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)..........110mg
Organic Flax Seed Oil..........150mg
Alpha Linolenic Acid..........67mg
Borage Seed Oil..........50mg
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)..........10mg
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Complex (derived from safflower oil)..........250mg
Conjugated Linoleic Acid..........175mg
Gelatin, glycerin, water, carob extract, carob powder, and mixed tocopherols.
Dosage and use
Take 1 softgel, 1 to 4 times daily with food or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Allergies: Free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, corn, and yeast. Contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Caution: If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Keep out of reach of children.
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DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.