Omega 3 by Alternative Health Labs
This balanced blend of two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (and their derivatives) are necessary for many body functions: Omega-3 oil from Flax Seed and Canola, and Omega-6 oil (GLA) from Primrose and Black Currant and Oleic Acid, an Omega-9 oil from Canola and Flax Seed, a monounsaturated fat make up this Ultimate Omega blend. As a dietary supplement, take 2 softgels 1 to 3 times daily with meals.
Omega 3 fatty acids are regarded as essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce by itself. Instead they need to be procured from foods, specifically fish, krill and other seafood along with some plants and nut oils.
Some omega 3s are simpler than others with ALA being the simplest one. This type of omega 3 is procured from plants and the body can convert it to other forms of omega 3s. The other types that are very well known for their health benefits are known as DHA and EPA and are sourced from fish and seafood.
In terms of benefits, both DHA and EPA are superior as they offer benefits involving the support of many body systems and the reduced risk of many chronic diseases.
Omega 3 concentrations are highest in the brain and nervous system. These fatty acids are needed for the protection of cells, optimal functioning of the neurons and decreased cell death while improving nerve transmission.
Inflammation is a condition that occurs when the body tries to protect itself from infection from foreign elements such as bacteria and viruses. However, in certain conditions, the body’s immune system can trigger an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to ward off. These diseases are known as autoimmune diseases causing the body’s otherwise protective system to cause damage to its own tissues.
Omega 3s have a long history of being effectively anti-inflammatory in nature and are considered potent remedies for treating many inflammatory condition such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis among others. The symptoms of these conditions are often redness, swelling, joint pain and stiffness, arterial blockage and so on. Omega 3s have the potential to partly inhibit these aspects of inflammation and sometimes reverse the damage caused by the autoimmune response of the body.
Inflammation in the body can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Omega 3s impact the heart in a number of ways. For instance, they can counter irregular heartbeat, lower the buildup of fatty plaques in arterial walls and reduce blood clotting. At the same time they can also decrease blood fat known as triglycerides or LDL and increase good cholesterol known as HDL.
Another perk of a diet rich in omega 3 is the reduced risk of inflammation, which is oftentimes a precursor for many heart related conditions.
Individuals with lower levels of omega 3 fatty acids in the blood are linked to increased rates of hypertension and a greater risk of heart attack.
Given their high concentration in the brain, omega 3 fatty acids appear to be important for cognitive and behavioral function. DHA is essential for early brain development and maintenance while EPA seems to be closely related to behavior and mood. Together the two can yield many critical neuroprotective benefits. These benefits can then further prevent age related brain shrinkage, a phenomenon in which aging adults with brain shrinkage often experience memory loss, cognitive decline and an increase in depression.
On the contrary, individuals who exhibit higher levels of omega 3 in their blood experience brain benefits such as better cognition, larger gray matter volume for their age and fewer signs of brain blood flow disturbances. Another benefit observed is that these individuals also present lower rates of dementia as compared to others with lower omega 3 fatty acid levels.
Emerging research indicates that omega 3s may boost levels of the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine reducing depression and violence. Because individuals with depression experience rapid shrinking of the memory processing part of their brain called the hippocampus, a higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids may help by increasing new brain cell growth in that specific area of the brain. DHA in particular, may be very effective in treating or at least preventing depression by shielding the hippocampus from further shrinkage.
Impact On Alzheimer’s Disease
Just like any other organ in the body, the brain also needs proper fuel to function. As such diet plays an integral role in building better retention while preventing memory loss. One of the best ways to do so is to feed the brain with high antioxidant foods while staying away from those that trigger inflammation.
In this respect, omega 3 fatty acids are also credited with slowing the rate of cognitive decline in individuals with very mild Alzheimer’s disease. DHA makes up a significant portion of the brain tissue so supplementation is often recommended for individuals. Plus, taking a supplement can also reduce inflammation, combat plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s and help increase the blood flow to the brain.
A high intake of omega 3 fatty acids can help prevent cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease by slowing down its progression and lowering the risk of developing the disorder.
Bone Density And Joint Pains
In many cases bone and joint disorders are due to inflammation. It has been observed that in women, post-menopausal bone loss is related to a decrease in the number and activity of bone destroying cells caused by inflammation which can be corrected by including high levels of omega 3 in the diet or in supplemental form.
Osteoporosis, a condition where bones become fragile and brittle due to loss of tissue or nutritional deficiencies leads to impaired bone strength and loss of bone density. With a supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids, these symptoms of the condition may be relieved leading to improved bone integrity and strength.
At the same time, individuals with lower blood levels of omega 3s are also more prone to experience arthritis related cartilage loss when compared to others with higher levels. As such, bone density may be enhanced by including omega 3 in the diet and discomfort associated with stiffness and joint pain of the condition be minimized or relieved.
Diabetes is a key factor in accelerated brain aging. Plus, individuals with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels. Since omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils can help lower triglycerides and raise HDL, consuming omega 3 dense foods or taking supplements may help them with managing diabetes.
Omega 3 fatty fortified diets may reduce insulin resistance in such individuals. In addition omega 3 fatty acids are helpful in correcting circulation problems associated with diabetes. This is done when the walls of the arteries and veins are rendered smoother and more elastic given the anti-inflammatory nature of omega 3s.
Some research even suggests that these essential fatty acids may inhibit adult onset of diabetes.
Omega 3 may also be beneficial for the skin. Studies reveal that populations which have omega 3 rich foods like fish in their diets are not afflicted much with psoriasis, a skin condition that induces painful inflammation, along with redness of the skin with flakes and scales.
DHA is a structural component of skin and is responsible for the health of cell membranes. A healthy cell membrane keeps the skin soft, hydrated, supple and wrinkle free.
EPA helps the skin by managing the skin’s natural oil production, regulating hydration levels, preventing premature aging and inflammatory conditions like acne.
In addition, individuals with sun sensitivity have been known to benefit from including omega 3s in their dietary intake or as supplements. EPA helps block the release of substances that damage collagen after sun exposure. So not only does this offer protection against skin damage, but can also actually help repair it.
Fish oil has been observed to reverse dry eye, and age related eye disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration. DHA is present in a high concentration in the retina suggesting it has an important function there.
An increased consumption of omega 3s is inked to a lower incidence of dry eye. This may be due to the reduction of inflammatory activity in the body and restoring function to glands that provide lubrication to the eye. Likewise, a higher intake of omega 3s has been observed to reduce the risk of developing eye diseases like macular desecration and cataracts.
At the same time omega 3s are also added to some supplemented infant formulas. This is because they are believed to be essential for normal infant vison development. While some omega 3 are naturally found in breast milk, supplemental formulas appear to stimulate visual development in infants.
Pregnancy And Fertility
Consumption of omega 3s in fish oil can help improve fertility in both men and women. DHA plays a role in the mobility and health of sperm while it can increase fertility in women by reducing inflammation, balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles. The same has also shown potency in treating conditions like endometriosis and PCOS that can otherwise impact fertility.
The most important consideration when taking fatty acids is to maintain a ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s. Ideally it is recommended to take around three times more omega 3s than 6s since the former is anti-inflammatory while the latter promotes inflammation. So a diet with more omega 6s will increase inflammation while another with more omega 3s will reduce inflammation.
Disclaimers: *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.