Unlock the Power of Omega-3's for Your Health
Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fats that play significant roles in your health and well-being. They are actually required nutrients for your body that you must consume in your diet. The three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
ALA is the most common omega-3 fatty acid in the diet, and it is found in a wide variety of mostly plant-based foods. Getting enough ALA from your diet is not a concern for a vast majority of people. It is actually very rare to have an omega-3 deficiency from not consuming enough ALA.
What a vast majority of people consuming an American or Western diet lack are DHA and EPA. These 2 fatty acids are found mostly in animal-based foods, particularly fish and seafood. This is where supplementation becomes important for most people.
DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain, cell membranes and retina. So it is very important for good brain health, eye health, and other neurological functions. EPA on the other hand is the main fatty acid for joints and skin. Which means it is important for pain management, skin health, and a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body.
Your body also requires omega-6 fatty acids, such as gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Not consuming enough omega-6's is also very rare since they are found in an abundance throughout our diet. The issue is actually consuming too much of them. Just like many essential vitamins and minerals, sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
Since both omega-3's and omega-6's are essential nutrients, everyone has a specific ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in their body at any given time. In the typical American or Western diet, omega-6 intake is very high compared to that of omega-3s, so the average ratio usually leans towards the omega-6 side. Today, the average omega-6 to omega-3 ratio for Americans is 20:1. But ideally it should be lower than 4:1, or even 1:1. This high ratio of omega-6's to omega-3's could play a role in promoting the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. (1)
Lowering your intake of omega-6's by limiting or eliminating your consumption of processed foods and cooking with cheap seed oils will lower your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. But consuming more omega-3's through your diet or supplementation is really the key to lowering that ratio.
And this is why we're dedicated to delivering the highest quality Omega-3 Fish Oil product we can. This includes providing natural antioxidants to prevent oxidation, rancidity, and fish oil burps. Plus it is purified to eliminate mercury, which is an issue with consuming actual fish too often. But the most important thing is that we use 100% Triglyceride Fish Oil for superior absorption and bioavailability.
Fish oil supplements are either in an ethyl ester form or their natural triglyceride form. Almost all fish oil supplements on the market are in an ethyl ester form because that is the much cheaper and cost effective form for brands to manufacture and sell. But that does not mean it is the best.
A study looking at absorption demonstrated this. Only 20% of the omega-3's in the standard ethyl ester form were absorbed on their own, and that raised to 60% if they were taken with a meal containing fat. In contrast, the absorption of fish oil in their natural triglyceride form was substantially greater at 69% on their own, or 90% when taken with a meal containing fat. (2) This also shows the importance of taking your fish oil with a meal.
Here is what it really boils down to. Fatty acids from fish in the wild are in a triglyceride form. There are no ethyl ester fish in nature. So we as humans must consume fish oil in the same form as the fish to receive the maximum benefits. Ethyl ester fish oils have been in the human food chain for 30-40 years. Triglyceride fatty acids have been eaten safely, and provided great benefits for millions of years to organisms that have consumed them.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Our Omega-3 Fish Oil?
Heart Health: Extensive research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and all-cause mortality. Studies have demonstrated that regular consumption of EPA and DHA can help lower triglycerides and improve overall cardiovascular health. (3,4,5)
Brain Health: DHA particularly is a fundamental building block of the brain, and EPA contributes to supporting cognitive function, memory, and mood as well. Many studies indicate a strong link between DHA/EPA intake and a reduced risk of developing cognitive decline, depression, and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's. (6,7,8)
- Joint Function: EPA in particular is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that a diet rich in Omega-3s can help the body's inflammatory response. Regular supplementation may help improve joint mobility and comfort. Omega-3 fatty acids have demonstrated their efficacy in reducing joint pain and inflammation in many studies. (9)
The Pinnacle Omega-3 Fish Oil is packed with 1,000 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids per serving, including 400 mg of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and 600 mg of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid), to give you all of these benefits and support your heart, brain, and joint health.