Standardized for EPA and DHA
Marine Omega-3 is concentrated marine fish oil providing
efficacious amounts of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA are vital to
the normal functioning of cardiovascular and neurological
health. Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) have been studied
for more than 30 years, resulting in more than 7,000
reports, and nearly 900 human clinical trials.(3) Omega-3
fatty acids have been shown to have positive effects
on the heart, brain, joints, skin and even pregnancy.*
Studies have evaluated the multiple ways omega-3s promote
cardiovascular health, in addition to the healthy functioning
of many other biological activities.
Marine Omega-3, contains 300 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA
(500 mg omega-3) per softgel (almost double the amount
of omega-3s found in most health food store brands).
Two softgels daily provide 1 gram of EPA and DHA omega-3
Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption
of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk
of coronary heart disease. (See nutrition information
for total fat content.)
Take two softgels daily with a meal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Omega-3
What is Omega-3?
Omega-3 is the name for a group of polyunsaturated
fatty acids (PUFA). There are two main families of PUFA:
omega-3s and omega-6s. The predominant sources of omega-3s
are vegetable oils and fish. There are three types of
omega-3 fatty acids:
1. alpha linolenic acid (LNA) is an important plant-based
source of omega-3s, found in such foods as tofu, canola
oil, walnuts and flaxseed.
2. eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA) are a very long-chain fatty acids obtained
from cold-water ocean fish such as sardines, herring,
mackerel, albacore tuna and salmon - hence, fish oil.
Omega-3's are required for normal human health.(1)
They affect many physiological processes including cognitive
function, visual acuity, immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory
actions, anti-thrombotic and anti-arrhythmia activities
along with having major effects on whole body glucose
and lipid metabolism.(2)
How much fish oil is in Marine Omega-3?
When looking to purchase fish oil supplements, it is
important to look for the EPA and DHA content. EPA and
DHA are the fatty acids thought responsible for the
health benefits of fish oil. Nutraceutics' Marine Omega-3
contains 300 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA (500 mg omega-3)
per softgel. That is almost double the amount of omega-3s
found in most health food store brands. People taking
omega-3s for the heart healthy benefit are usually advised
to consume 1-2 grams of EPA and DHA per day. The FDA
recommends not exceeding more than 2 grams per day from
supplementation. The 500 mg of EPA and DHA contained
in each Marine Omega-3 softgel allows for exact dosing
up to 2 grams.
Should I be concerned about mercury and other environmental
toxins in the fish supply?
Mercury occurs naturally in the environment but can
also be released into the air through industrial pollution.
Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams
and oceans where it is turned into methylmercury in
the water. It is this type of mercury that can be harmful
to you, your unborn baby and young children.
Nearly all fish and shellfish absorb traces of methylmercury
from the water. However, the longer a fish lives, the
higher its levels of methylmercury will be. These large
fish (swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish)
pose the greatest risk.
In order to ensure quality, Nutraceutics follows the
monograph guidelines set forth by the Council for Responsible
Nutrition for purification. By following this monograph,
we are able to provide a uniform standard analysis,
quality and purity for EPA and DHA, ensuring your confidence
in this beneficial nutrient. Our fish oil is not only
tested for PCB and heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic
etc.), it is also tested for its EPA and DHA content.
This purification process ensures the high quality of
each Marine Omega-3 softgel.
Are fish oil supplements safer than eating fish?
A study published in the January 2009 issue of the
Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine concluded
that fish oil supplements may be safer than eating fish,
at least from the standpoint of toxic impurities. The
authors write, "Fish oil supplements are more healthful
than the consumption of fish high in organochlorines
(pesticides)" At Nutraceutics, our fish oil supplement
provides the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids without
the risk of toxicity.
Which is better for your heart, fish oil supplements
or eating fresh fish?
If you are happy eating a least two good-sized portions
of oil-rich fish a week, this should provide you with
sufficient omega-3 oils to maintain a healthy heart
and circulation. However, if you cannot guarantee you
will eat this amount, fish oils in supplement form may
be an option. One piece of research conducted over two
years showed that there were no differences between
the effects of eating oil-rich fish twice a week and
taking fish oil capsules daily for two years (DART sub-group
analysis). Supplements offer the additional benefit
of supplying a measurable amount of omega-3 whereas
the amounts in fish vary, and the toxic impurities have
to be considered.
1. Stone, N.J. Fish Consumption,
Fish Oil, Lipids, and Coronary Heart Disease. Circulation.
2. Jump, D.B. The Biochemistry of n-3 Polyunsaturated
Fatty Acids. J. Biol. Chem. 2002;227(11):8755-8758.
3. Oh, R, MD, Practical Applications of Fish Oil (n-3
Fatty Acids) in Primary Care. The Journal of the American
Board of Family Practice. 2009;18:28-36.