Think of Omega-3s as a major player in helping your body function normally. They provide many different health benefits, so you can continue doing all the things you love. Let's take a look at Omega-3 health benefits below.
Omega-3 fatty acids may be essential for optimal visual development. Dry eyeshave been linked to omega-3 deficiency.1 Research shows Omega-3s found in fish oil can help promote production of healthy tears in eyes as well.* Omega-3s are great with other eye health nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin, too.
Research suggests that Omega-3s may help relieve occasional pain and inflammation and help facilitate a healthy range of motion.2 For even more joint support, try supplementing Omega-3s with other effective joint nutrients - Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Collagen.
Omega-3s found in fish oil can help support a healthy heart and cholesterol levels already within normal range.3 Want more powerful support? Omega-3s pair nicely with healthy heart ingredients: Policosanol, CoQ10, Hawthorn Extract and Plant Sterols.
Many studies have positively linked high intake of omega-3s with healthy brain function and development. 3 Looking for other nutrients for brain health that work well with Omega-3s? Try Ginseng or Ginkgo Biloba.
SO, WHAT EXACTLY ARE OMEGA-3S?
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least twice a week. This is because fish oil is rich in the two types of Omega-3 essentail fatty acids – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)—that are considered essential for heart health and brain health, among other well-researched benefits.
Low levels of EPA and DHA, have been linked to less than optimal health.
EPA Essential Fatty Acids
DHA Essential Fatty Acids
This long-chain omega-3 fatty acid is essential for overall health and well-being. It is more strongly associated with heart health than DHA. The body does not hold EPA in large amounts in the brain or retina.
This long chain omega-3 fatty acid is more well known for its role in brain and eye development and function. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 in the brain and retina and found in every cell throughout the body.
If you’re not a fan of seafood, or can’t get enough Omega-3 benefits through your diet alone, supplementing with high quality fish oil may be the best option for you.
HOW MUCH OMEGA-3s DO I NEED?
Although there is no established DRI (dietary reference intake) for omega-3s, leading U.S. and international health organizations recommend regular consumption for optimal health.
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee from fish may have protective benefits for cardiovascular health.
Food and Drug Association is generally recognized as safe.
Determining the right dose for you is dependent on your health goals. Although the benefits of EPA and DHA often go hand in hand, EPA is more commonly associated with heart health benefits, while DHA is tied more strongly to normal brain development and function.SHOPPING FOR HIGH QUALITY OMEGA-3 FISH OIL
Fish oil supplements must undergo rigorous testing for contaminants found in fish, primarily mercury. When shopping for high quality fish oil, consider this guide:
Purity and Freshness: Manufacturers of fish oil should be able to supply a certificate of analysis (COA) to retailers for identity and quality of ingredients.
Potency: To maximize the benefits the of fish oil such as promoting healthy inflammation, fish oil must contain a high amount of EPA and DHA.
Added Nutrients: Some fish oil also contain other nutrients for additional benefits. For example, pairing Vitamin E with fish oil can provide your body with antioxidant benefits that protect your cells against damage and further support a healthy inflammatory response.
1. American Optometric Association 2. Arthritis Foundation 3. National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements 4. United States Department of Agriculture 5. Colorado State University 6. Oregan State University
Optim Nutrition Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000 softgels contain a full 1000mg of the omega-3s EPA and DHA – 2 to 3 times more than many national brands! A mounting body of research is showing that certain widely available supplements, such as fish oil, may have a beneficial effect in relieving occasional pain and inflammation and facilitating range of motion.*
This formula also contains added nutrients Vitamin E and Vitamin D3 for bone health and antioxidant benefits, too.*