Omega 3

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Omega 3

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Amount per Serving  3 Softgel Daily Value%
Salmon Oil 3000 mg
EcosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA), 540 mg
DocosaHexaenoic Acid (DHA)1 360 mg
Docosa Pentaenoic Acid (DPA) 108 mg
Other Fatty a 1992 mg

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement take 1 Softgel, 3 times daily with food or as directed by your health care practitioner

Description

Overview

Omega-3 fatty acids have a carbon–carbon double bond located three carbons from the methyl end of the chain. Omega-3s, sometimes referred to as “n-3s,” are present in certain foods such as flax seed and fish, as well as dietary supplements such as fish oil. Several different omega-3s exist, but the majority of scientific research focuses on three: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), EcosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA), and DocosaHexaenoic Acid (DHA). ALA contains 18 carbon atoms, whereas EPA and DHA are considered “long-chain” (LC) omega-3s because EPA contains 20 carbons and DHA contains.

The two major classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Like all fatty acids, PUFAs consist of long chains of carbon atoms with a carboxyl group at one end of the chain and a methyl group at the other. PUFAs are distinguished from saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids by the presence of two or more double bonds between carbons within the fatty acid chain.

PUFAs are frequently designated by their number of carbon atoms and double bonds. ALA, for example, is known as C18:3n-3 because it has 18 carbons and 3 double bonds and is an n-3, or omega-3, fatty acid. Similarly, EPA is known as C20:5n-3 and DHA as C22:6n-3. Omega-6 fatty acids (omega-6s) have a carbon–carbon double bond that is six carbons away from the methyl end of the fatty acid chain. Linoleic Acid (C18:2n-6) and Arachidonic Acid (C20:4n-6) are two of the major omega-6s.

The human body can only form carbon–carbon double bonds after the 9th carbon from the methyl end of a fatty acid. Therefore, ALA and linoleic acid are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they must be obtained from the diet. ALA can be converted into EPA and then to DHA, but the conversion (which occurs primarily in the liver) is very limited, with reported rates of less than 15%. Consuming EPA and DHA directly from foods and/or dietary supplements is the only practical way to increase levels of these fatty acids in the body.

Omega-3s play important roles in the body as components of the phospholipids that form the structures of cell membranes. DHA, in particular, is especially high in the retina, brain, and sperm In addition to their structural role in cell membranes, omega-3s (along with omega-6s) provide energy for the body and are used to form eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are signaling molecules that have similar chemical structures to the fatty acids from which they are derived; they have wide-ranging functions in the body’s cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, and endocrine systems. The potential health benefits of consuming omega-3s are the focus of a great deal of scientific research. By far, the majority of research has focused on EPA and DHA from foods (e.g., fish) and/or dietary supplements (e.g., fish oil) as opposed to ALA from plant-based foods.

Omega-3 Deficiency

A deficiency of essential fatty acids—either omega-3s or omega-6s—can cause rough, scaly skin and dermatitis. Plasma and tissue concentrations of DHA decrease when an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is present. However, there are no known cut-off concentrations of DHA or EPA below which functional endpoints, such as those for visual or neural function or for immune response, are impaired.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors
Many studies have assessed the effects of omega-3s—primarily EPA and DHA—on CVD and CVD risk factors, such as high blood pressure and elevated plasma lipids.

Recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that strong evidence from mostly prospective cohort studies but also randomized controlled trials has shown that eating patterns that include seafood are associated with reduced risk of CVD. In addition, consuming about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood that provides about 250 mg per day EPA and DHA is associated with fewer cardiac deaths in both healthy individuals and those with preexisting CVD.

Conclusions about omega-3s and CVD: Overall, research indicates that consuming fish and other types of seafood as part of a balanced diet promotes heart health. Fish oil and other LC omega-3 supplements improve blood lipids and appear to reduce the risk of cardiac death. However, their effects on other cardiovascular endpoints are unclear and might vary based on dietary omega-3 intakes and the use of cardio protective medications.

Results from other clinical trials currently in progress, will shed more light on possible associations between omega-3s and cardiovascular events as well as blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.

Infant health and neurodevelopment

Numerous studies have examined the effects of maternal seafood and omega-3 intakes on infant birth weight, length of gestation, visual and cognitive development, and other infant health outcomes. High concentrations of DHA are present in the cellular membranes of the brain and retina and DHA is important for fetal growth and development. The accumulation of DHA in the retina is complete by birth, whereas accumulation in the brain continues throughout the first 2 years after birth.

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Additional information

Weight 0.2 lbs
Dimensions 1.3 × 1.3 × 3.9 in
Package Quantity

12, 30

Age

Adults, Children

Brand

PHATMACEUTICAL

Package Type

Soft Gels

Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Biotin is possibly safe when used in recommended amounts during pregnancy and breast feeding.

Special precautions for storage

Store below 30 ºC and in the box. Protect from light & moisture

Nature and contents of container

PET / Bottle, 30 Softgels in Bottle

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