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Omega 3 fatty acids are vital to life, although our body is unable to produce them itself. It is necessary to distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and saturated fatty acids should be avoided. Unsaturated fatty acids, like those found in Pharma Vital Omega 3 capsules, should be taken in sufficient quantities every day.
Omega 3 fatty acids are multi-tasking, and are able to help reduce inflammation, improve eyesight and even protect against cardiovascular diseases for example.
This effect is achieved by the long-chained fatty acids DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) in Omega 3.
The German association for nutrition (DGE) recommends taking 250 mg DHA and EPA every day.
However, it is not always easy to take the necessary daily dose. For example, this would mean eating salmon, mackerel or herring at least 2x every week.
Because this is not always possible, it is expedient to supplement daily nutrition with Omega 3.
High triglyceride levels:
High triglyceride levels are associated with heart disease and diabetes. Scientists have confirmed that regularly consuming fish oil can reduce triglyceride levels by 20-50%.
Studies have proven that fish oil is able to protect individuals with a healthy heart against heart disease. People who already suffer with a heart condition are able to minimise the risk of this heart condition.
High blood pressure:
Fish oil causes the blood vessels to expand slightly, thereby allowing the blood pressure to reduce.
Studies have shown that consuming fish oil reduces the risk of a stroke by up to 20%.
Fish oil can have a positive effect on weight loss, and can also reduce blood sugar levels.
Studies have proven that individuals who take fish oil regularly have a lower risk of suffering poor eyesight in later life.
High cholesterol levels:
Scientists have discovered that fish oil reduces cholesterol levels because it prevents this from being absorbed through the intestine.
According to a study, consuming fish oil in the last months of pregnancy can reduce the risk of the child suffering asthma. The same applies to allergies.
Fish oil can contribute to reducing inflammation and swelling.
EPA and DHA are essential for brain development in unborn and newborn babies. It is therefore recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding women take a sufficient quantity of these fatty acids.
40 percent of the fatty acids that occur in our brain comprise the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA.
During the final months of pregnancy in particular, the foetus requires an adequate supply of the fatty acids via the umbilical cord.
Newborn babies also need their mother’s milk and the Omega 3 fatty acids that this contains.
It is therefore essential that the mother receive an adequate supply of Omega 3 fatty acids.
However, balanced nutrition is also essential for infants and children of school age. Particular importance should be placed on Omega 3 fatty acids, because these play a decisive role in development.
The development of intelligence, speech, fine motor skills and eyesight can all be favourably influenced by Omega 3.
Because children commonly dislike fish or only eat insufficient quantities, it may be expedient to supplement their diet with Pharma Vital Omega 3 capsules.
Q: What are Omega 3 fatty acids?
A: Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the human body needs, although it cannot produce them itself. This means they must be taken in through food, e.g. salmon, sardines, mackerel or also through fish oil capsules.
Q: What effects can Omega 3 fatty acids have?
A: Omega 3 can have positive effects such as improving circulation, reducing the levels of triglyceride in the blood, decreasing deposits in the arteries and therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack. It can also lower blood pressure and improve eyesight.
Q: What quantity of Omega 3 should be consumed?
A: It is recommended that fish be eaten 2 times per week, or 250 mg DHA be taken daily.
Q: How much Omega 3 is harmful?
A: In a safety evaluation, the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) showed that DHA and EPA quantities of up to 5 g per day pose no risk.
Q: Why is vitamin E added to the fish oil capsules?
A: Fish oil is prone to oxidation. To prevent it deteriorating, vitamin E is added. This has an anti-oxidative effect.
Countless studies confirm the positive effect of Omega 3 fatty acids. These include:
Angerer P, von Schacky C. n-3 polyunsaturates fatty acids and the cardiovascular system. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2000;11(1):57-63.
Aben A, Danckaerts M. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD. Tijdschr Psychatr. 2010;52(2):89-97.
Balk EM, Lichtenstein AH, Chung M et al. Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on serum markers of cardiovascular disease risk: A systematic review. Atherosclerosis. 2006 Nov;189(1):19-30.
Bradbury J, Myers SP, Oliver C et al. An adaptogenic role for omega-3 fatty acids in stress; a randomised placebo controlled double blind intervention study (pilot)ISRCTN22569553. Nutr J. 2004 Nov 28;3:20.