EPA and DHA
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid) and DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid) in Omega-3 Power are essential building blocks for healthy cell membranes and provide crucial support for the brain connectivity that underlies healthy memory and other cognitive functions, as well as emotional well-being. Omega-3s have also been shown to play a key role in supporting heart and joint health.
Are you getting enough omega-3s?
Population surveys consistently find that most Americans have just slightly over half the EPA and DHA in their tissues that they likely require for optimum brain and body health. This is partly due to high dietary intakes of less healthy fats and partly to inadequate intakes of EPA and DHA. Each serving of Omega-3 Power provides 1,600 mg of DHA, EPA and other omega-3s from ultra-purified, high-quality fish oil – much higher potency than the typical fish oil product. This level of daily intake practically ensures that an individual would surpass the threshold for healthy tissue levels within weeks to a few months after beginning on Omega-3 Power.
Why do we need omega-3 fats?
The omega-3 fatty acids in Omega-3 Power are in the form of triglycerides (TG), the molecular form of naturally occurring fats. Some omega-3 dietary supplements are in the form of ethylesters (EE), which are synthetic substances used to the benefit of the manufacturer rather than the consumer. The body’s digestive system is set up to break down and absorb TG more naturally than EE. The omega-3 fatty acids that come from the TG in Omega-3 Power are absolutely required by every cell in your body. We need these fats for our cells to be structurally intact, for our enzymes to work optimally, and for the normal healthy functioning of all our tissues and organs. We do not have the option to not consume them—practically our entire set of life processes rely on our cell membranes, which in turn rely on omega-3s.
The nutritional establishment went off on a bad track some time ago when they condemned fats as being bad for us. Now the experts agree that there are GOOD FATS such as the omega-3 TG, in comparison to BAD FATS such as TG that are high in trans-fats. The human brain is highly enriched in omega-3 fatty acids, which (among their other contributions) are building blocks for the brain’s trillions of nerve cell connections (“synapses”).
Omega-3 fatty acids are indispensable for the structure of your brain cells, and especially of the membranes. In fact, omega-3 DHA is especially concentrated in the cell membranes that go to make the synapses, which are the fundamental units carrying information. EPA, the other major omega-3 in Omega-3 Power, helps support healthy mood and emotional balance. The body is very inefficient at making them from other omega-3s, and experts agree that it is best to obtain them as preformed EPA and DHA from dietary sources.
Omega-3s linked to brain health across the human lifespan
For decades now, human studies have linked omega-3 nutritional status to brain health. The links between good omega-3 status and healthy cognition, mood and behavior begin at birth and continue across the entire lifespan. Breast milk is a rich source of omega-3s for the infant. Circulatory and heart health as well as vision are closely linked to brain health and also require ample dietary supplies of omega-3s.
Pure, Certified and Safe
Sourced from anchovies, sardines, and mackerel, fish species that are relatively short-lived and roam mostly in the mid-level of the oceans, therefore tend to accumulate less toxic load, the fish oil in Omega-3 Power is put through the most thorough purification processes available for fish oils, including screening for over 250 potentially toxic chemicals. This stringent preparation also eliminates the burpy effects of crude fish oils. The facility that produces Omega-3 Power meets pharmaceutical-level quality requirements as well as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification, the natural products industry’s most rigorous standard.
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Ingredients & Facts
EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid)
Each 2-softgel serving of Omega 3 Power delivers 860 mg of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA, which is present in the membrane systems of all our cells. Good EPA status is especially linked to healthy mood management. EPA is also the source of a number of messenger substances called eicosanoids (previously known as prostaglandins) that travel around the body and help regulate healthy cell, tissue and organ functions.
DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid)
Each 2-softgel serving of Omega 3 Power delivers 580 mg of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, also present in the membranes of all our cells but occurring most concentrated in the brain and retina of the eye. Good DHA status is closely linked to healthy memory and other cognitive functions. DHA is also a major source of eicosanoids and other messenger substances that regulate a variety of important life functions.
DHA is a highly important molecular building block for all human cells. It is a major contributor to the fluid state of cell membranes, which generally is associated with efficient functioning of our cells. DHA is also abundant at the synapses where nerve cells connect with each other and sometimes with other cell types.
Omega-3 Power is a combination of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential components of a healthy, properly functioning nervous system. Every living cell in the body needs essential fatty acids. They are required for rebuilding and producing new cells. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish including sardines, trout, albacore tuna and salmon as well as in vegetable oils including canola and flaxseed oil. Essential fatty acids are found in high concentrations in the brain, and are required for normal development of the brain. Studies suggest that the addition of omega-3 DHA and EPA in the diet has been shown to support cognition, behavior and mood and plays a significant role in decreasing inflammation, improving the structure and fluidity of cell membranes and regulating the cellular electrical activity.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an essential nutrient that functions through cell membranes, in which it is anchored by phospholipid molecules. EPA supports heart health by decreasing blood viscosity and platelet aggregation.1 Low levels of omega 3 fatty acid profiles are frequent in those with psychological disorders2-4 and evidence in the literature supports a role for supplementation in promoting emotional balance and enhancing mood.5,6 EPA has also been demonstrated to support a healthy memory and cognition. In a recent analysis on the effects of 10 randomized controlled trials on omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, improvements in attention, processing speed and immediate recall were observed in subjects with cognitive impairment with no dementia.7
- Terano T, Hirai A, Hamazaki T, et al. Effect of oral administration of highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid on platelet function, blood viscosity and red cell deformability in healthy human subjects. Atherosclerosis. Mar 1983;46(3):321-331.
- Colter AL, Cutler C, Meckling KA. Fatty acid status and behavioural symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents: a case-control study. Nutrition journal. 2008;7:8.
- Buydens-Branchey L, Branchey M, Hibbeln JR. Associations between increases in plasma n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids following supplementation and decreases in anger and anxiety in substance abusers. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. Feb 15 2008;32(2):568-575.
- Baghai TC, Varallo-Bedarida G, Born C, et al. Major depressive disorder is associated with cardiovascular risk factors and low Omega-3 Index. J Clin Psychiatry. Sep 2011;72(9):1242-1247.
- Kidd PM. Omega-3 DHA and EPA for cognition, behavior, and mood: clinical findings and structural-functional synergies with cell membrane phospholipids. Alternative medicine review : a journal of clinical therapeutic. Sep 2007;12(3):207-227.
- Hegarty B, Parker G. Fish oil as a management component for mood disorders - an evolving signal. Current opinion in psychiatry. Jan 2013;26(1):33-40.
- Mazereeuw G, Lanctot KL, Chau SA, Swardfager W, Herrmann N. Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive performance: a meta-analysis. Neurobiol Aging. Jul 2012;33(7):1482 e1417-1429.
DHA is thought to be important in neural function and plays a key role in the structure of synaptic membranes1 and has been shown to improve memory.2
- Wainwright P. Nutrition and behaviour: the role of n-3 fatty acids in cognitive function. Br J Nutr. Apr 2000;83(4):337-339.
- Gamoh S, Hashimoto M, Sugioka K, et al. Chronic administration of docosahexaenoic acid improves reference memory-related learning ability in young rats. Neuroscience. 1999;93(1):237-241.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your cell membrane fluidity and overall functionality is a net outcome of all the fatty acids you get from your daily diet. Taking two softgels of Omega 3 Power each day provides your cell membranes with generous allowances of the powerful omega-3 fatty acids most essential to optimal brain and body health. Taking Omega 3 Power helps to balance out the unhealthy fatty acids. In everyone’s daily diet. This is the guaranteed safe, sufficient and convenient source of the EPA and DHA omega-3s your body needs to function at its best.