What is an omega-3?
Odds are you've heard about omega-3 fatty acids. And for good reason! From brain development to heart health, they've been found to have many different health benefits. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids, meaning we must get them from our diet, as our bodies cannot produce them on their own. The three key types of omega-3 fats are:
- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid): Found in certain high-fat plant foods, especially flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
- EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid): Found in fatty fish, seafood, fish oil and algal oil.
- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): Found in fatty fish, seafood, fish oils, and algal oil.
It is the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that are believed to be responsible for many of the health benefits commonly associated with omega-3 and while ALA is an omega-3 it must be converted into the longer-chain EPA or DHA omega-3 fatty acids. This means that foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds are healthy foods to get in the diet and sources of ALA, but they are not very efficient at providing EPA and DHA due to this limited conversion. The most direct way of providing EPA and DHA for the body is either through foods rich in EPA and DHA or through the consumption of fish or algal oils.
What are the health benefits?
Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied thoroughly over the years and with good reason. Research suggests that within specific dosage ranges they can positively impact many aspects of our physical and mental health, some of these include:
- Support the maintenance of good health
- Helps to support and maintain cardiovascular health
- Helps to reduce serum triglycerides
- In conjunction with conventional therapy, help to reduce the pain in rheumatoid arthritis in adults
- Help to support the development of the brain, eyes and nerves in children up to 12 years of age
Choosing the best omega-3 supplement
Many people choose to supplement their diet with a fish or algal
oil as a direct source of the health promoting omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. When it comes to choosing the best omega-3 fish or algal oil supplement, here are some of the considerations to keep in mind:
One of the most common questions people ask when they’re looking for an omega-3 fish oil supplement is, “What does it taste like?”, be sure to look for an omega-3 supplement that is available in a flavour you love. NutraSea’s Omega-3 supplements are known for their exceptionally clean, light taste that makes them easy to enjoy.
One of the most overlooked factors when choosing an omega-3 supplement is how well it’s absorbed. Research has suggested that omega-3 supplementation with oils in the triglyceride form lead to better absorption compared to those in the ethyl ester form. All NutraSea’s omega-3 fish oils are in the triglyceride form. Purity When selecting a supplement, choosing a product that has been third party tested is a great way to ensure the product is high quality. All NutraSea omega-3 fish-oil tests are reported on PureCheck.net to ensure their quality and purity levels meet or exceed industry standards. With PureCheck you can access the third-party test results for potency, purity, and oxidation tests of each lot of product online (www.purecheck.net) 24/7 to provide assurance you are getting a product that is potent, pure, and tastes great.
NutraSea sources exclusively sustainable species from well-managed and sustainable fisheries. Because sustainability is a core belief at Nature’s Way, we have taken an active role in working directly with scientists and environmental groups to promote and encourage sustainable fisheries management. That is why NutraSea actively participates in sustainability initiatives like Friend of the Sea, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and 1% of the Planet.
Made from sustainably sourced fish or plant-based ingredients, our NutraSea and NutraVege Omega-3 supplements are ultra-pure, great-tasting, and unsurpassed in quality and innovation. Plus, they're PureCheck Certified –so you can trust that what you read on the label matches the product inside.' - by NutraSea.