Omega 3’s – Most BioAvailable Form
If you could reduce inflammation and supplement what is missing from your diet, would you?
Changes in food quality and availability have put your body in a precarious situation. You are dealing with more stressors, nearly all of which create inflammation and leave the body in more disturbed state. Even if you are following the Paleo Diet, sourcing makes it difficult to find food with adequate levels of omega 3’s to meet our bodily demands. However, there is an easy solution. Simply consuming omega 3’s can easily restore your normal levels of healthy fats and keep you balanced. The most utilized form of fish oil available, triglycerides, supplying a balanced ratio of EPA and DHA as well as lipase for easy digestion.
Lack of adequate omega 3’s in the diet is a very common dietary problem.
This often results in many individuals having insufficient quantities of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. These are needed for adequate health of the cells, but also have significant anti-inflammatory properties that decrease the effects of many of the stressors that we face on a daily basis. Most diets tend to be high in omega 6’s which are pro-inflammatory. This creates significant inflammation and an imbalance in the omega 6 to 3 ratios. Normally this ratio should be close to 1:1. However, Western diets often range between 15:1 to almost 17:1. This is known to be a contributing factor to many chronic diseases. Couple this with ratios that are even more out of balance in meat sources and the likelihood that you have an omega 3 deficiency dramatically increases.
What if I eat sufficient amounts of Omega 3 containing foods?
Omega 3 fatty acids are fats. Therefore, they are mostly likely found in foods sources known to have higher amounts of fat content. These include fish and meats as well as nuts and seeds. However, just eating these foods does not insure that you will have adequate omega 3 levels. In fact, most sources of fish and meats are devoid of sufficient quantities of omega 3’s. However, when properly sought out and maintaining an ideal Paleo eating pattern, it may be possible to consume fish and meat sources that meet your needs. However, due to the lack of plentiful sources of wild game and fish, this is not achievable for most. Thus, most people will need support to correct and prevent deficiencies.
Why you should pay attention to your omega 3 levels.
Omega 3 are essential to many bodily functions. They have several roles including:
- Reduction of inflammation through balancing of inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids
- Inhibition of clot formation
- Increased function of the cells of the immune system, particularly the T helper lymphocytes
- Improves overall cardiovascular function
- Lowers triglycerides
- Promotes adequate communication between hormones and cellular tissues
- Promotes adequate neurological function
- Helps maintain insulin receptor sensitivity to promote glucose regulation
Are you at risk of Omega 3 Deficiency?
Here are just a few of the reasons that you might be deficient in omega 3 fatty acids:
- Increased inflammation from your diet or other lifestyle factors
- Lack of adequate consumption in the diet
- Consumption of foods sources high in omega 6 and not omega 3
- Reduce digestive capability of the pancreas, lack of lipase production / availability
- Gall bladder dysfunction inhibiting adequate bile formation to limit fat digestion
- Intestinal hyperpermeability (“Leaky Gut”)
- Stress inhibits gastric activity and efficient assimilation of nutrients
The Form of Omega 3’s Makes a Difference
Many of the forms of fish oil available are ethyl esters. Ethyl esters are produced as a part of the normal refining process of fish oils to insure their purity. However, this process also changes the oil from the form that it was originally in the fish. This means that the form of oil found in most supplements is different than what is found in the fish or meat that you eat. The form of oil found in all mammals, and that should ideally be supplemented is triglyceride.
Apart from being a more bio-identical form of oil, triglycerides have numerous other advantages over ethyl esters including:
- The form that is naturally found in food and the body
- Research validates that the bioavailability of triglycerides is 100% more than ethyl esters
- Enhanced bioavailability means better assimilation for those with impaired digestive function
- Less chance of being damaged and oxidized, which can result in free radical production
- No production of post digestion alcohol in the gut or blood stream as can be seen with ethyl esters
- Less chance of increasing blood glucose by raising free fatty acids in the blood
Common Complaints and Conditions that may benefit from Omega 3’s According to Research
If you suffer from . . .
- Depression / Postpartum
- Mood Disorders / Bipolar
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Behavioral / Emotional Disorders
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Dry eyes
- Allergic rhinitis
…you will likely benefit from supplementation of omega 3’s.
Maintenance Use: One capsule twice daily for routine use and prevention of omega 3 deficiency.
Advanced Use: Two to four capsules twice daily for correction of omega 3 deficiency and alleviation of symptoms.
When should I take fish oil?
You can take fish oil on an empty stomach or with meals. Most prefer to take them with meals.
Will I regurgitate or burp the fish oil?
Burping of fish oils is more common with ethyl ester forms of oil. Additionally, those that do not produce adequate amounts of the enzyme that helps breakdown fats and lipase, are more likely to burp their supplement. My omega 3 is in the triglyceride form and contains lipase. When combined together, these virtually eliminate burping.
Is your product free of heavy metals such as mercury, PCBs and other toxins?
The product is guaranteed to be free of all toxins, including mercury. Each lot is independently tested to insure the quality before the final product is released.
Are there any side effects?
As a natural part of the diet, fish oils when taken in reasonable doses do not have any side effects. However, those that are taking blood thinning medications should use caution, although the use of these medications and fish oils at the same time is not contraindicated.