We refer to essential fatty acids (EFA) as essential for a reason. They are vital to human health despite the bodyﾒs inability to manufacture its own supply. For this reason, they must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. Fish oil contains two of the most biologically active fatty acids; EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) with the most common sources being deep-sea, cold-water fish.
Thanks to a lifetime of oxidative stress, the body is in a constant state of self-repair. In order to do this, it needs a generous cache of healthy, unsaturated fats capable of constructing cell membranes that are elastic and functional. This makes it easier for the heart to return to a normal resting state. A deficiency in good fat forces the body to use saturated fat in the construction of new cells. As the bodyﾒs reserve of saturated fat begins to outnumber the unsaturated, the cardiovascular process becomes more and more compromised.
In the fall of 2004, after reviewing years of convincing studies, the FDA approved the use of a qualified claim for omega-3 EFA. It states that ﾓsupportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. When you consider how selective the FDA is in qualifying health claims, this becomes even more impressive.
Omega-3 and Healthy Mood
A now famous Harvard study (Stoll et al., 1999) determined that individuals suffering from manic and mood disorders collectively exhibit low levels of EPA and DHA. During this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, nearly 75% of the subjects treated with omega-3 experienced relief from their symptoms. According to Dr. Stoll, ﾓOur study results indicate that fish oil does possess the elements needed to stabilize mood.
Say Goodbye to Inflammation
A growing number of individuals who live with stiff joints, inflammation and occasional aches are turning to omega-3 fish oil. Within the body, DHA and EPA compounds are converted into powerful anti-inflammatory agents known as prostaglandins. Many users have reported that supplementation has helped them reduce the frequency at which they consumed NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Choosing a quality formula
When the time comes to choose, nothing is more important than selecting a quality formula thatﾒs been tested for safety and purity. NOW takes the guesswork out of searching for omega-3 supplements that are safe and effective. Our comprehensive selection of premium fish oil is subject to strict testing, thorough screening and a mandatory purification process. NOWﾒs Quality Control and Quality Assurance departments verify the use of several purification processes that help reduce PCBs, dioxins, toxic heavy metals and other contaminants to non-detectable levels.*