ProEFA™ Junior, manufactured by Nordic Naturals®, is a revolutionary omega-3 dietary supplement because it is made from only the highest quality fish oil and borage oil available in the world. This product was specially developed for individuals for ages five through teens.
ProEFA™ Junior oil is produced using flash distillation and molecular distillation ensuring the highest quality omega-3 oils, while eliminating PCBs and heavy metal contaminants. The oil is then deodorized, which also improves the taste dramatically.
For decades, fish oil has been recognized as a great way of supplementing omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Many fish oil supplements are available, but the quality of the Nordic Naturals® brand ensures the highest quality oils with no contaminants. Borage oil is included as a source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is beneficial for skin moisture and may have a calming effect. Oleic acid is included as an omega-9 source. The product also contains natural lemon oil, which covers up the fish smell and helps avoid fishy burps.
ProEFA™ is an advanced essential fatty acid formula that delivers 270 mg EPA, 180 mg DHA, and 66 mg GLA per serving of two soft gels*.
Kirkman® is a distributor of Nordic Naturals® ProEFA™ Junior.
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6 Compounds)
The word "essential" as used in describing omega-3 and omega-6 compounds means that the body cannot produce them on its own, so they must be consumed in our diet. Essential fatty acids are either omega-3 oils or omega-6 oils. Some sources of omega-3 are cod liver oil, fish oils, flax oil, flaxseed, and leafy green vegetables. Some nuts also contain omega-3s (e.g., walnuts). Omega-6 sources are: corn oil, wheat germ oil, soy oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, black current oil, plus many other cooking oils.
Almost all processed foods are very high in omega-6s. Essential fatty acids play critical roles in body structure and function. In fact, life cannot be sustained without them. Some are transformed to regulating compounds called prostaglandins in the body; these prostaglandins, along with essential fatty acids, are responsible for supporting the critical body functions listed below:
• pressure regulation in the eye, joints and blood vessels
• division of cells (growth and healing processes)
• response to pain, swelling and inflammation
• muscle reflexes
• oxygen transport from cells to tissues
• maintaining health of cell membranes
• supporting immune response
• providing energy to the heart muscle
Essential fatty acids are often called by their chemical names.
Omega-3 compounds are:
• EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
• DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
• alpha-linolenic acid
• alpha-linoleic acid
Omega-6 compounds are:
• linoleum acid
• gamma-linoleic acid
• gamma-linolenic acid
• arachidonic acid
The balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
The latest scientific research has supported the view that essential fatty acids need to be in equilibrium in our diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 consumption should be balanced. It is generally recommended that omega-6 consumption should be about four times as much as omega-3. In addition, it is recommended by the medical community that saturated fat consumption should be limited. Saturated fats are found in butter, margarine and lard. All omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated.
Unfortunately, many individuals’ diets do not achieve those recommended balances. Most North American and Western diets are very low in omega-3 and extremely high in omega-6. Too many saturated fats are consumed, and the ratio of ingested EFAs averages more like 20:1 omega-6s to omega-3s instead of the recommended 4:1. This is due to the fact that poor quality cooking oils and most processed foods contain omega-6 oils. In addition, the overall consumption of omega-3 rich foods is often very low. Getting compliance with fish oil omega-3 type products is extremely difficult, especially in children. In some individuals, omega-3 consumption is totally lacking. Furthermore, in some geographical areas, individuals avoid fish due to industrial contaminants.
Kirkman® offers many different choices for essential fatty acid supplementation, from stabilized flaxseed to a variety of fish oil products. Cod liver oil is also a source of omega-3s, so also see that section on this website, as well. Kirkman® screens all of its products for environmental contaminants.
* Exact nutrient content of Nordic Naturals fish based products will vary based upon the specific lot of fish used.