What are Omega-3’s?

Just like essential vitamins and minerals, a daily balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids is important for good health and currently the balance in most people is skewed far towards Omega-6. Our bodies cannot make Omega-3’s so we must supply them through our diet.

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From media and health advisors to the wide availability of low-fat foods, fat has become a conscious part of our daily living. Fat is often regarded in a negative fashion. However, the term fat covers a broad range of fatty acids. In contrast to the popular opinion that all fat is bad, there are “good” and “bad” fats. “Good” fats are critical to our health. These types of fats are essential; that is, they must be obtained from the diet. They are necessary for health, and their absence from the diet can be detrimental. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) from the omega-3 and omega-6 families are required for the proper structure and function of every cell in the body, making them important for optimal health. EFAs increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins; nourish the skin and hair; promote cognitive clarity; and help ensure normal growth and development.

A balance of Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty are a foundation of our health.

In fact, each EFA plays many distinct and valuable roles in the optimal functioning of the entire body. In ancient times, humans consumed a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 of almost 1:1. In modern times, due to the agricultural revolution and an increase in the consumption of grains, plant oils, and grain fed animals, our diets have become heavily loaded with omega-6—the fatty acid that omega-3 balances. Now the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio in our diet is thought to have become almost 20:1!

By giving our bodies the omega-3 nutrients EPA and DHA, in a pure and concentrated omega-3 supplement like OmegaBrite, we are giving our bodies the building blocks of health.

Shifting back the balance towards a more balanced 1:1 ratio is one reason omega-3’s and OmegaBrite 70/10 MD promotes a healthy inflammatory response†.

Not All Omega-3’s Are Created Equally

As important as it is to increase our dietary levels of omega-3 fatty acids, not all omega-3s are created equally. There are three important omega-3 fatty acids to consider: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

ALA is found in plant based oils like flaxseed oil, perilla oil, soybean oil, green, leafy vegetables, and nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds and flaxseeds. An important fatty acid involved in the conversion of glucose into energy for normal bodily functions, ALA should should be metabolized into the longer chain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, but many people have difficulty making this conversion.

EPA and DHA can be found in cold-water fatty fish including salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and anchovies. High EPA omega-3 promotes a healthy inflammatory response†. Furthermore, the limited ALA we do consume is converted to EPA and DHA at a very slow rate. This is a result of being human! Humans are poor converters of ALA. As a result, most people living in Western countries are deficient in EPA and DHA.

It is therefore evident that closer attention needs to be paid to dietary fat selection. Greater intake of ALA can be achieved by increasing consumptio