Ingredients: Deep sea fish oil extract, EPA: 180mg/capsule; DHA: 120mg/capsule
Characteristics and Benefits:
- Lowers the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream;
- Reduces inflammation throughout the body;
- Decreases platelet aggregation; prevents excessive blood clotting;
- Inhibits thickening of the arteries; dilates and relaxes arteries.
People with cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disorders People with type 2 diabetes
People with bone and joint disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis Seniors with insufficient intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids
The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body converts alpha-linolenic acid into EPA and DHA, which can also be derived directly from certain foods, most notably cold-water fish including salmon, tuna, halibut, and herring. EPA plays an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, while DHA is the necessary for proper brain and nerve development.
For healthy cell membranes
To perform normal cell functions optimally, the cell membrane must maintain its integrity and fluidity. Cells without a healthy membrane lose their ability to hold water and vital nutrients. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells. Researchers believe that loss of cell to cell communication is one of the physiological events that leads to growth of cancerous tumors.
Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega-3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega-3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.
A recently identified lipid product our bodies make from EPA, called resolvins, helps explain how this omega-3 fat provides anti-inflammatory effects on our joints and improves blood flow.
Resolvins are made from EPA by our cellular enzymes, and work by inhibiting the production and regulating the migration of inflammatory cells and chemicals to sites of inflammation. Unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and the COX-2 inhibitors, the resolvins our bodies produce from EPA do not have negative side effects on our gastrointestinal or cardiovascular systems.
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular benefits
EPA and DHA help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Deep Sea Fish oil has been shown to lower levels of triglycerides, therefore, reduces the risk of death, heart attack, stroke, and abnormal heart rhythms in people who have already had a heart attack. Deep Sea Fish oil also helps prevent and treat atherosclerosis by slowing the development of plaque and blood clots, which can clog arteries.
Benefits for diabetes
People with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels. Omega-3 fatty acids from Deep Sea Fish Oil can help lower triglycerides and apoproteins (markers of diabetes), and raise HDL. Another type of omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (from flaxseed, for example) may not have the same benefit as Deep Sea Fish Oil. Some people with diabetes can’t efficiently convert ANA to EPA and DHA. Supplementing from Deep Sea Fish Oil is essential for those who have type 2 diabetes