Some practitioners prefer a balanced ratio of omega-3s from fish liver oil to omega-6s from evening primrose oil. That often means taking two products and/or difficulty in getting the right ratios. Nordic Naturals® has overcome those issues with their Balanced Omega™ Combination. This product is consistent in quality with all others from Nordic Naturals® in that it is:
• molecularly distilled for purity
• third-party tested for heavy metals, PCBs and pesticides
• freshness tested (peroxide value 0.2 meq/kg)
• flavored with a natural lemon oil
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:
• nerve transmission
• 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.
Gluten, yeast, milk derivatives or artificial colors or flavors. Contains vitamin E derived from refined soybean oil, pork gelatin or pork.
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