Omega3 Oil – Q & A

What is Omega3 Oil?

Omega3 fatty acids generally refer to the nutritionally essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) ALA, EPA, DHA*(Q5). Fatty acids are the building blocks of lipids, making them important sources of energy for the body and the main components of cell membranes. There are a number of known health benefits associated with omega3 oil fatty acid intake, with most current research focusing on the longer chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA. However, the human body cannot synthesize Omega-3 fatty acids on its own, and so these nutrients must be provided by the diet. Food sources of ALA include flax seed, hemp seed, walnut, canola, soy bean, and dark green leaves, while the major sources of EPA and DHA are algae and cold-water oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines.

Is Essential Source Omega3 Oil suitable for vegetarians?

Currently, omega3 oil supplements that provide higher and balanced amounts of concentrated EPA and DHA are fish derived. Essential Source Omega-3 is derived from fish oil and is contained within a capsule sourced from fish gelatine.

I’ve seen products that provide omega-3 and omega-6 or omega-3, -6 and -9. If omega3 oil is good for me, wouldn’t the addition of omega-6 and omega-9 provide even more benefit?For most people, the answer to this question is no. People eating a normal diet that includes fats and vegetable oils do not need omega-9 fatty acids as they are not essential and can be made by the body. Omega-6 fatty acids are essential, but are already over-abundant in our food sources and are being over-consumed by those eating the typical Western diet. In fact, the over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids and the subsequent unhealthy imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 is a primary reason behind the need for omega-3 supplementation. Products that provide omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids may benefit individuals on a very fat-restrictive diet or those with special health concerns that require supplementing with omega-6 and/or -9. However, this is not the case for the average consumer on a normal diet that includes fats from vegetable oils.

What are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids?

The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovy. These cold-water fish provide rich amounts of EPA and DHA*(Q5), which are the long-chain fatty acids believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits associated with omega-3s. Small cold water fish are also preferred because they provide a natural balance of both EPA and DHA*(Q5) with less risk of mercury contamination. When it comes to obtaining omega-3s through the diet, one should note that not all fish are rich in omega3 oil; farm-raised fish that are grain-fed provide omega-6 fatty acids, further contributing to the unhealthy imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3. Supplementing with fish oil is a convenient and safe way to add omega3 oil to your diet.

What are EPA, DHA and ALA?

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are considered the two most important omega-3 fatty acids. They are essential nutrients which means they must be obtained through your diet. EPA and DHA are found in many of the body’s organs and tissues and are vital to long-term health. They are found naturally in fish, especially cold-water fish. EPA and DHA are the most-often-studied omega-3 fatty acids and are considered to be very important to health. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is an organic compound made naturally in the body. It functions as a coenzyme in chemical reactions that generate energy. It also demonstrates antioxidant activity.

How Many Omega3 Oil capsules do I take?

The recommended usage for the Omega3 Oil is 2 capsules once daily.

If I’m currently taking other health products, do I really need omega-3s?Yes. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients and are necessary in order to ensure maintenance of good health. No other health product currently provides an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids, so unless you’re eating the appropriate species of fish on a regular basis, you should supplement with Essential Source Omega-3.

Can I take Essential Source Omega-3 if I’m currently taking medications or being treated by a doctor?

You should consult with your physician before taking this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, have a health condition, or are planning a medical procedure. Essential Source Omega-3 is natural and safe. However, because quality omega-3 products can be very effective and can have a blood-thinning effect, they may interact with other medications.

Does Essential Source Omega-3 contain vitamins A or D?

Essential Source Omega-3 does not contain a measurable amount of vitamins A or D. Vitamins A and D come primarily from the livers of fish. The oil in Essential Source Omega-3 is made from the whole fish. The livers of these small cold water fish are very small, so there are only trace amounts of vitamins A and D. Once the oil goes through the molecular distillation, most of the remaining vitamins A and D are removed

What about other plant-sourced omega-3, like flaxseed?

Plant-sourced omega-3s provide alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which has a shorter fatty acid chain than EPA and DHA. While ALA is healthy and beneficial, most of the benefits associated with consuming omega-3s are related to increased consumption of the longer-chain fatty acids EPA and DHA. ALA can be converted to EPA and DHA by an enzymatic process inside the body, but the body is not very good at this process and the conversion occurs at such a low rate that you would need to consume large amounts of ALA in order to satisfy your EPA/DHA requirements.