What are Omega-3’s?
Just like essential vitamins and minerals, a daily balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids is important for good health and currently the balance in most people is skewed far towards Omega-6. Our bodies cannot make Omega-3’s so we must supply them through our diet.
From media and health advisors to the wide availability of low-fat foods, fat has become a conscious part of our daily living. Fat is often regarded in a negative fashion. However, the term fat covers a broad range of fatty acids. In contrast to the popular opinion that all fat is bad, there are “good” and “bad” fats. “Good” fats are critical to our health. These types of fats are essential; that is, they must be obtained from the diet. They are necessary for health, and their absence from the diet can be detrimental. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) from the omega-3 and omega-6 families are required for the proper structure and function of every cell in the body, making them important for optimal health. EFAs increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins; nourish the skin and hair; promote cognitive clarity; and help ensure normal growth and development.
A balance of Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty are a foundation of our health.
In fact, each EFA plays many distinct and valuable roles in the optimal functioning of the entire body. In ancient times, humans consumed a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 of almost 1:1. In modern times, due to the agricultural revolution and an increase in the consumption of grains, plant oils, and grain fed animals, our diets have become heavily loaded with omega-6—the fatty acid that omega-3 balances. Now the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio in our diet is thought to have become almost 20:1!
By giving our bodies the omega-3 nutrients EPA and DHA, in a pure and concentrated omega-3 supplement like OmegaBrite, we are giving our bodies the building blocks of health.
Shifting back the balance towards a more balanced 1:1 ratio is one reason omega-3’s and OmegaBrite 70/10 MD promotes a healthy inflammatory response†.
Not All Omega-3’s Are Created Equally
As important as it is to increase our dietary levels of omega-3 fatty acids, not all omega-3s are created equally. There are three important omega-3 fatty acids to consider: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
ALA is found in plant based oils like flaxseed oil, perilla oil, soybean oil, green, leafy vegetables, and nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds and flaxseeds. An important fatty acid involved in the conversion of glucose into energy for normal bodily functions, ALA should should be metabolized into the longer chain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, but many people have difficulty making this conversion.
EPA and DHA can be found in cold-water fatty fish including salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and anchovies. High EPA omega-3 promotes a healthy inflammatory response†. Furthermore, the limited ALA we do consume is converted to EPA and DHA at a very slow rate. This is a result of being human! Humans are poor converters of ALA. As a result, most people living in Western countries are deficient in EPA and DHA.
It is therefore evident that closer attention needs to be paid to dietary fat selection. Greater intake of ALA can be achieved by increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds and it can also be readily acquired by dietary use of canola, flax, and certain other plant oils. Attempting to obtain adequate amounts of EPA and DHA poses greater challenges. Due to the restricted dietary sources of these nutrients many individuals have turned to high quality omega-3 supplements such as OmegaBrite to obtain these health promoting fatty acids. OmegaBrite 70/10 MD is especially valuable here given its high EPA to DHA ratio (7:1).
Omega-3 in Health
In the 1970s, the benefits of omega-3s from fish oil emerged when researchers noticed that certain populations, such as the Inuit, had healthier hearts than those who seldom ate fish and were healthier in other ways too. The Inuit advantage was attributed to the long-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, found in their food staples of fatty fish and fish-eating marine mammals such as whales and seals.
Good Fats for Good Health
Consuming omega-3s daily is a vital component to overall health and well-being. As essential nutrients, our bodies require them, yet our modern diets have led to very low levels of consumption.
Therefore, supplementing with a high-quality omega-3 source is recommended to improve overall health. The omega-3 fatty acids in OmegaBrite provide us with the EPA and DHA we need for optimal wellness and health from head to toe.
Many people lack the ability to convert ALA to longer chain EPA and DHA essential fatty acids. By providing our bodies with OmegaBrite, we are giving our bodies EPA and DHA and don’t need to worry about any rate of conversion.
EPA is rapidly turned over in our bodies as a normal part of the immune system and needs to be replenished by diet and the high strength EPA contained in OmegaBrite can help to balance the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.
Experience the OmegaBrite difference today with OmegaBrite 70/10 MD—OmegaBrite’s 90% omega-3 with a high EPA 7:1 ratio of EPA to DHA and proprietary antioxidants.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.