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Health Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 is a huge buzz word right now and rightfully so.  Omega 3 essential fatty acids are one of the most studied nutrients proving the positive benefits of consuming high-quality omega 3 fatty acids. However, all omega 3 is not created equal. The lion shares of omega 3 is of very poor quality with only small amounts of EPA and DHA the crucial components of omega 3.   We hear advertisements about krill oil, squid oil, green muscle oil, flaxseed oil, chia seed oil, and fish oil everywhere in the media. It can be quite confusing with such a large variety of omega 3 supplements being promoted.  The majority of these ads are based on legitimate science; however, the product that is being sold is often times a watered-down version or chemically altered version of what has been studied.  Large marketing campaigns are designed to lure customers in with a quantity discount and an auto-ship sign up. These educational promotions are a very effective way to educate the consumer and promote sales. The potential customer must beware of companies that cut corners by using weak, inferior omega 3 oils. Do your homework and dont fall for many of these nutritional promotions. Look for omega 3 supplements that are coming from reputable companies that have been in business for many years.  

Numerous health benefits are associated with Omega-3 fatty acids.   There are 3 types of omega-3s: Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) derived from plant oils, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexenoic Acid which are derived from marine oils. The process to convert plant-based ALA to Omega-3 is very difficult and inefficient and only women of childbearing ages can convert very small amounts. So, marine sources of omega 3 are the best source. 

Most of the population is omega-3 deficient because their diets lack sufficient amounts of marine based protein. The best sources for omega-3 fatty acids come from specific cold water fatty fish like sardines, wild Alaskan salmon, wild Pollock, tuna, rainbow trout, and other fatty fish. Most nutritional experts recommend eating these fatty cold-water fish 2 to 3 times per week. This may not be a realistic dietary option for many, so supplementing with a good triglyceride form or re-esterified triglyceride (rTg) form omega-3 fish oil is recommended. It is very difficult to find a high-quality fish oil in the right form with the right levels of EPA and DHA.  

The majority of omega-3 sold online or at local stores today are an inferior form called ethyl ester form of omega-3.  This is a highly processed and inexpensive way to concentrate omega-3 to higher levels. The ethyl ester form is very inefficient, absorbs very slowly, unstable, and goes rancid quickly resulting in digestive issues with smelly burp backs. These forms of omega 3 fish oil are usually bottled in very large quantities at really good prices making them appealing to consumers.  Remember “you get what you pay for”. 

A very simple quick test can be done to determine if your fish oil is ethyl ester( ee) form vs rTG form is to squeeze the contents of the omega 3 into a Styrofoam cup.  If this omega 3 oil dissolves a hole through the cup, then it is the inferior ethyl ester form that contains ethanol.  When looking for a good omega-3 fish oil, make sure the label states triglyceride form or re-esterified triglyceride form. The consumer must also be aware of the actual quantity of the omega-3 EPA and DHA levels per serving size.  The latest clinical studies are finding an EPA 900-1200 and DHA 600-900 is the optimal levels for promoting overall wellness. Most nutritional experts and physicians would adjust these omega levels based on weight, age, diet, and health conditions. Look for total omega-3 levels and true EPA and DHA levels when shopping. Total omega 3 should be between 1600-2400 mg of  rTg or TG omega 3.  Do not be misled by the total volume of fish oil; look for total omega 3. Many omega-3 manufacturers are notorious for marking the front of the bottle with a large number like 1000mg of fish oil, yet the actual EPA and DHA is only 100mg, so buyer beware and learn to read the labels. 

If you are not consuming good quality cold water fatty fish a minimum of 3 times per week than nutritional experts recommend supplementing with a high-quality omega-3 fish oil in the triglyceride form or re-esterified triglyceride form. Omega-3 is backed by an enormous number of clinical studies proving the positive health benefits that can be obtained from supplementation. Some of the clinically studied health benefits of consuming more omega-3s are improved heart health, lower triglycerides and blood pressure, better cholesterol ratio, decreased atherosclerosis, decreased depression and psychological issues, improved eye health, decrease inflammation throughout the body, decreased neurodegenerative symptoms, decreased vision impairment from diabetic retinopathy, decreased Alzheimer’s disease and improved joint and skin health. Studies indicate that an omega index (ratio of omega-3 to omega-6) above 8 has heart health benefits. These same studies suggest that if these levels stay above 8, there is a reduction in heart attacks and strokes.

After being involved in omega 3 research for many years, Fortifeye Vitamins went on a research trip to Norway and developed Fortifeye Super Omega. Fortifeye conducted an omega index study using Fortifeye Super Omega.  Fortifeye found that 100% of the patients in the study that were less than 250 pounds had an omega index between 9.2 and 11% after taking 2 Super Omega for 2 weeks.  These omega index levels are in the “heart healthy zone”.  Currently, doctors all over the world are recommending Fortifeye Super Omega to their patients. Newer studies from 2019 suggest that even higher levels of EPA and DHA may be more beneficial for our health.  Based on this new science Fortifeye developed and released Fortifeye Super Omega-3 Max in the middle of 2019. This is a supplement available for those that may need higher levels of EPA and DHA. This new omega has an EPA of 1200 and a DHA of 900 in 2 gel caps, which makes it one of the most potent omega-3 in a gel cap on the market. 

Both Fortifeye Super Omega and Fortifeye Super Omega-3 Max are made by the top Norwegian fish oil teams in Alesund, Norway.  Fortifeye Super Omega and Fortifeye Super Omega 3 Max exceed regulatory standards on purity. Made in a facillity that is cGMP-certified, US FDA inspected and approved by the Norwegian Medicine Agency for manufactureof Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (AFPIs).

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