What exactly is fish oil made of? What are Omega-3’s?
Just like other essential vitamins and minerals, a daily balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids is necessary for good health. Our bodies cannot make Omega-3 or Omega-6 so we must supply them in 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. For the most part, fat is regarded in a negative fashion. However, the term fat is broad by definition. 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, are necessary for health, and their absence from the diet can be detrimental. The “good” fats are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) from the omega-3 and omega-6 families. EFAs are required for the proper structure and function of every cell in the body, and are important for optimal health. EFAs increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals; nourish the skin, hair and nails; promote proper nerve functioning; help produce hormones; ensure normal growth and development; and prevent and treat disease.
Research shows that EFAs aid in combating numerous health concerns. Examples include;
- elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- high blood pressure
- rheumatoid arthritis
- mental conditions including depression
- diabetic neuropathy
- menstrual and menopausal discomforts
- skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- poor vision
Omega-3 essential fatty acids in balance with the omega-6 essential fatty acids are the foundation of our health.
In fact, each EPA play many distinct and valuable roles in the optimal functioning of the entire body. In ancient times, humans consumed a ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s on nearly 1:1. In modern times, due the agricultural revolution with an increase in consumption of grains, grain oil, and grain fed animals, our diet became heavily loaded with omega-6 – the pro-inflammatory omega fatty acid. Inflammation is an essential part of health, we want to be alerted by our body if we have an injury, the pain is a positive signal, the white bloods cells bring clotting agents and immune defense.
The body is designed to regulate our natural inflammatory response from omega-6 with the natural anti-inflammatory response from omega-3. This balance was lost with the agricultural revolution shifting our diets to increase grain and grain oil consumption. Then modern life further changed the balance with a further reliance on margarines, butter, and certain plant oils (sunflower, corn, and safflower).
This led Dr.Locke to turn her focus to the creation OmegaBrite. The Omega-3 EPA and DHA EFA’s in OmegaBrite provide these essential nutrients we need for optimal health.
Now the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio in our diet is thought to have become 10-20:1!
This means we are consuming 10-20 times more omega-6 fat than omega-3 fat, when once we consumed them in roughly equal quantities. This has created a significant imbalance of fat in our body, resulting in a deficiency of the omega-3s. This imbalance should to be corrected by increasing our dietary consumption of the omega-3s.
The omega-3 EPA and DHA in OmegaBrite provide the essential nutrients we need for optimal health. That is why OmegaBrite creates such a powerful difference. By giving our bodies the omega-3 nutrients EPA and DHA, in pure concentrated OmegaBrite, we are giving our bodies the building blocks of health.
Not All Omega-3s 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 as well as green, leafy vegetables, and nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds and flaxseeds. ALA is an important fatty acid as without dietary consumption, deficiency symptoms will develop. Ideally, ALA should be metabolized into the longer chain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, but many people have difficult