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
EPA and DHA from fish oil promote cardiovascular health by supporting healthy triglyceride and lipid metabolism, maintaining healthy blood flow, and supporting healthy platelet function. Fish oil is also important for optimal joint function. It maintains healthy prostaglandin and leukotriene production, which is important for maintaining connective tissue health and comfort. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids are important components of neuronal cell membranes and are essential to cognitive function. By supporting vascular health, fish oils promote oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain. Studies suggest that healthy red blood cell membrane omega-3 fatty acid concentration is associated with emotional well-being. Both epidemiological and double blind placebo-controlled trials indicate that fish oil supports positive mood.
EPA/DHA essentials is an ultra-pure, molecularly distilled fish oil concentrate that has been tested for environmental contaminants (heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins and furans), microbial contaminants, and oxidation and rancidity. It contains well below the strict limits for these criteria as established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Europea Pharmacoepeia (EP) and U.S. Pharmacoepeia (USP).
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 a 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 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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Conquer JA, Holub BJ. Supplementation with an algae source of docosahexaenoic acid increases (n-3) fatty acid status and alters selected risk factors for heart disease in vegetarian subjects. J Nutr . 1996;126(12):3032-3039.
Serving Size: 1 Softgel Capsule
Amount per serving
Calories ..... 10
Calories from Fat ..... 10
Total Fat ..... 1g
Cholesterol ..... <5mg
Fish Oil Concentrate ..... 1,000mg
[from anchovies, sardines, mackerel]
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) ..... 300mg
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) ..... 200mg
Other ingredients: natural tocopherols, gelatin capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water)
Dosage and use
- 2 capsules per day, in divided doses, with meals.
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