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Orthomega Liquid

sku: 444005CAN

OrthomegaTM Liquid is a molecularly distilled fish oil sourced from the cold, fresh waters off the Chilean coast.

Available In: Liquid

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

  • Source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of good health
  • Helps support cardiovascular health
  • Helps support cognitive health and brain function

OVERVIEW

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential cornerstones of human nutrition. They are deemed "essential" because we need them for proper health, but cannot produce them on our own. We must consume these fats through diet or supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids are required for a number of body functions, from proper blood flow to brain development. These long-chain fatty acids are integral components of tissues and organ systems throughout the body, including the heart, skin, joints, eyes and immune system. In nature, omega-3 fatty acids occur as alpha linolenic acid (ALA), found mostly in plants, and as long-chain EPA, DHA and DPA, which primarily originate from cold-water fish. The body is able to slowly convert the shorter chain ALA to the more active long-chain, EPA, DHA and DPA. Conversion is limited in humans, making a higher dietary intake of EPA, DHA and DPA necessary. In addition, major changes in modern diet over the last century have led to a decrease in the general consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Since omega-3 fatty acids are known to benefit cardiovascular health, support healthy brain function and cognition, and maintain a healthy inflammatory response, achieving the proper balance of omega-3s has become an important health strategy that requires supplementation for most people. The American Heart Association recommends that those concerned about blood lipids take up to 4 g of omega-3 fatty acids per day.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS

Fish Oil Delivery – Triglycerides vs. Ethyl Esters
While the amount of EPA, DHA and DPA provided in a fish oil product is important for efficacy, the type of fish oil delivered is another significant factor in defining fish oil effectiveness. While ethyl esters allow for higher concentrations of EPA, DHA and DPA, their unusual structure is resistant to the digestive enzymes (lipases) that enable fat breakdown. In a study comparing EPA and DHA digestion in both forms, five common digestive lipase enzymes were shown to more readily digest fish oil in the triglyceride as compared to the ethyl ester substrate when there is a low enzyme to substrate ratio and therefore a low rate of hydrolysis. A recent study, conducted by fish oil research pioneer Dr. Jorn Dyerberg, demonstrated that omega-3s in the re-esterified triglyceride form are more efficiently digested and therefore 70% more absorbable than omega-3s in the ethyl ester form.

Omega-3 Depletion
An accumulating body of research shows that the typical modern diet does not provide a sufficient amount of omega- 3s for optimal health. Additionally, insufficient conversion of ALA to the active EPA, DHA and DPA may reduce the amount available for use in organs and tissues.

Cardiovascular
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been known to benefit cardiovascular health. The well-known GISSI- Prevenzione trial found that just 1 g a day of n-3 PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids), the main component in fish oil, had a significant impact on cardiovascular health after three to four months of consumption. EPA and DHA have been shown to modulate levels of fat in the blood.

Additional Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
In addition to their well-known cardiovascular benefits, EPA and DHA play a central role in eyes, nerves and brain development in children up to 12 years of age. In a recent British study, omega-3 blood levels were shown to be directly related to supporting cognition, and brain function among healthy children with below-average reading ability.

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