DHA-EPA Omega Complex
The essential Omega-Fatty Acids with Vitamin E
Pregnant women need them for their babies' brains. Kids need them to learn. Adults get healthier hearts from them. The do-it-all nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis — and may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and prostate cancer.
The health effects
Interest in fish-based omega-3s spiked in the 1970s, when scientists observed that the Inuit people residing in Greenland ate enormous amounts of fatty fish and had extremely low rates of heart disease. Decades later, in a landmark study published in 1999, Italian scientists studied more than 11,000 men who had suffered heart attacks. After 3-1/2 years, a group that took about a gram a day of EPA and DHA were 20% less likely to die than a group that didn't take omega-3 supplements. In an even larger trial in 2007, Japanese researchers followed more than 18,000 people with high cholesterol for nearly five years and found that those who took 1.8 grams of EPA a day — in addition to cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins — were almost 20% less likely to suffer a major coronary event than people who took statins alone.
"There's very strong, medical-nutrition, literature-based evidence in humans suggesting that the average American would probably have a healthier life, a lower risk of dying from heart disease and improved brain function by consuming more fish, more supplements or more functional foods with DHA and EPA," says nutritional scientist Bruce Holub, of the University of Guelph in Ontario and executive director of the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute there. Keep in mind, omega-3 fatty acids are not just a single nutrient. The term Omega Complex refers to a family of compounds that are naturally abundant in fish, seafood and algae, and it's their surprising chemical variety that may hold the key to improving our health. Each type of omega plays a different role. The benefits depend on the amount, one's life stage and specific medical conditions.
The various types
Omega-3 fatty acids are long chains of carbon atoms that bond to each other in different ways to produce molecules with various functions. Out of the five forms that we consume, the three that matter most to human health are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). ALA is specified in United States' Institute of Medicine for men at 1.6 grams per day, women 1.1 grams per day.
Accumulating evidence now suggests DHA and EPA supplementation should range from 200 milligrams to 4 grams a day, depending on the person.
Brain and eye food
DHA represents up to 97 per cent of the Omega-3 fatty acids in our brain, concentrated in areas responsible for complex thinking
DHA also represents up to 93 per cent of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in our eyes and is necessary for optimal structure and function.
SOURCE: Archives of Neurology October 2006
For years nutrition experts have recognized the health benefits of Omega acids in the fight agains heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other immune response disorders. Recent data has emerged From Harvard Medical School linking low levels of these Fatty acids to depression.
Recent studies have found a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids to be an independent predictor of lower scores on measurements of hostility, including cynicism, mistrust of others, anger and aggression. They have also been shown to be useful in the treatment of manic depression, high-blood pressure, abnormal blood clotting, (sticky platelets), poor cell integrity, water retention, inflammation, and high cholesterol.
As mentioned above, the consumption of oily fish can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac mortality due to cardiac arrhythmia. New research has now shown that fish-oil supplements are also effective. Of 11,323 heart attack survivors, 2,835 received 1 gram of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA daily), the equivalent of one fatty fish meal; 2,830 took 300 milligrams of vitamin E daily; 2,830 took both; and 2,828 took a placebo.
By the end of the 42 month study, the death rate from arrhythmia was significantly less among those taking n-3 PUFA, compared to those who did not. There was already a 42% reduction in mortality between the two groups at 3 months after the start of the study. The benefits were not due to changes in cholesterol levels or by reducing potentially fatal blood clotting, and it is believed that n-3 PUFA protects the heart by regulating the electrical activity of heart muscle cells rendering them more resistant to arrhythmias (Circulation. 2002;105:1897).
Further new research has shown that women who consume more fish and omega-3 fatty acids regularly have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), and the researchers suggest the findings lend further support to current dietary guidelines recommending fish consumption twice weekly for the prevention of CHD (JAMA, 2002; 287: 1815-1821).
Each bottle contains 270 one-gram capsules of research-grade, unheated, unpolluted, deep sea herring oil.