Why Omega 3?

You need it. It is a simple as that. Please read the research and revealing facts from medical literature that clearly shows that you need Omega 3 for your health and existence, by Christian Farthing.

Omega 3 | Child Neurological Development | BodyWell Group

 

Omega 3 is a Super Fuel That is Necessary for Achieving Optimal Health

Not only has Omega-3 demonstrated to be effective for child neurological development, it has also been shown to be beneficial to help prevent problems as we age. That is why it is called an essential fatty acid (EFA), because you need it for your health and existence.

“I’ve been taking Omega 3 for 15 months now and I’m feeling so much better. I couldn’t believe it was going to make such a difference. But I know it has definitely changed my life because it is the only thing I have done differently. The Omega 3 is superb.” 

Charles Grant, Herne Bay.

What is Omega 3?

It is an essential fatty acid (abbreviated as EFA).

Omega-3 EFAs play a role in virtually every human function including growth and development, digestion, brain and nerve function, immune function, hormone production and regulation, maintenance of skin and bones, regulation of healing and inflammation, heart function, vision, cholesterol levels, and even emotions and behaviour.

This is why supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs has been shown to help people with so many different illnesses. In reality supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs will help anyone that is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs whether they have a diagnosed illness or not. The fact of the matter is that everyone needs Omega 3 EFAs and due to dietary practices virtually everyone in Western society is deficient. Without these essential nutrients cells cannot function properly and illness is inevitable even though it may take years before symptoms arise.

This does not mean that a deficiency in Omega 3 EFAs is the only cause of all illness; that would be an unscientific and illogical claim. However, it does absolutely mean that if someone is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs, their cell function and thus their health is compromised and will be improved when they begin to supplement – this is an indisputable scientific fact. Obviously if Omega 3 EFAs are needed for proper cell function and cell function determines our health then Omega 3 EFAs are a significant determining factor in health. This is exactly what research indicates.

The above information is why we stress the importance of supplementation BEFORE illness develops. It is both dangerous and illogical to wait until illness develops to begin to take care of yourself or your children or your pets! How can we PREVENT ILLNESS or PROMOTE HEALTH if we wait until we are already ill before we take action?

To summarise …

Your Nervous System controls and coordinates every cell in your body. The Nervous System requires a fuel – and that is Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Omega 3 for Wellness and Prevention

The role of Omega-3 EFAs (specifically EPA and DHA – eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid…try and pronounce that!) in the promotion of health and the prevention of illness has been studied a great deal in recent years.  Both scientists and practitioners are celebrating the results that have been found to date and with every research study the importance of EFAs for health promotion and illness prevention becomes more evident. 

Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are some of the most crucial essential nutrients for human and other animal health ever identified. Over 2000 scientific studies provide evidence of the importance of EPA and DHA essential fatty acids for the maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disease.

Omega-3 EFAs are extremely important in the structure and function of every cell in the body and the function of your cells is what determines your health. Your cells are what determine your immune function, healing, hormone levels, heart function, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, digestion, moods etc.  Literally, the function and health of your cells determines every aspect of your health. EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs are part of every cell membrane and are required to maintain the proper shape, flexibility or fluidity, and “slipperiness” of cell membranes.

The flexibility and “slipperiness” of cell membranes is important for the flow of blood through blood vessels and decreasing the risk of stroke and heart attack. This fluidity or flexibility of cell membranes is also crucial to ensure the proper flow of nutrients into cells as well as the proper shape of cell receptors for hormones such as insulin.

In addition, EFAs are required for proper nerve signal transmission (memory, concentration, cognitive ability, muscle coordination and strength) and immune function including defence against cancer. This is why EPA and DHA deficiency are linked with cognitive impairments and learning and behaviour disabilities such as ADHD, with depression, and with decreased cognitive ability and increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the elderly. EPA and DHA deficiency is also highly correlated with increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.

EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs also play a major role in regulating inflammation via substances called prostaglandins. EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins while Omega 6 fatty acids produce pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Having a diet that is toxic with Omega 6 or deficient in Omega 3 EFAs creates a pro-inflammatory state within the body. This is very significant because inflammation is at the root of virtually all of the common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression as well as the autoimmune and atopic diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Inflammation is also a major factor in dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain and/or cramping), headaches, and back and neck pain.

Why should I choose Pure Omega as my fish oil supplement?

The BodyWell Group supply the world’s premier EPA/DHA omega-3 fish oil. Each teaspoon or 5 capsules provides 740-825 mg of EPA and 460-550 mg of DHA omega 3 essential fatty acids which have been scientifically shown to be a crucial requirement for health and important in the prevention of illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, ADD, depression, stroke, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s.

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The BodyWell Group supplies omega 3 oil that is extracted in a licensed pharmaceutical grade facility from cold water anchovies and sardines that are the purest, least toxic source of omega 3 fish oil. The omega-3 oil supplied by BodyWell is purified in a non-chemical molecular distillation process that removes even trace amounts of heavy metals, PCBs, organochlorides, and organophosphate pesticides resulting in the safest, purest source of EPA/DHA fish oil possible. As the oil is purified it is immediately infused with a natural, proprietory antioxidant blend consisting of rosemary extract, ascorbyl palmitate and natural mixed tocopherols and then immediately bottled in a dark glass bottle with a patented spill-proof, threadless cap. This process ensures the greatest oxidation protection possible.

There simply is not a better, purer source of EPA/DHA omega 3 fatty acids in the world as third party testing results indicate.

The extraction process keeps the fish oil in its most natural form possible, this is crucial because human beings are genetically designed to ingest, digest, and absorb EPA and DHA essential fatty acids in the form they are found in nature, not in any concentrated form produced by chemical processing. If science and experience has taught us anything it is that we cannot improve upon nature.

The Omega-3 oil supplied by the BodyWell Group is flavoured with 100% natural lemon extract – it actually tastes good!  Because of the high quality and purity of their oil there is no fishy taste, no fishy smell, and no fishy aftertaste.  Even kids like it!  For those who do not like the consistency of the oil we recommend adding the oil to juice, a smoothie, or to salad dressings or other food.

Gel Caps?  Other companies put a lower quality or unflavoured oil into gel caps. This oil remains in a bottle until a preferred method is available without affecting the quality of this premium Omega Fish Oil.

Research has shown an increasing amount of proven scientific evidence to demonstrate the many benefits of Omega 3 oil

Weight Loss, Pregnancy, Infant and Childhood Development, Cardiovascular Health, Cognitive & Emotional Health, Regulation of Inflammation and Pain, Bone and Joint Health, Menstrual Health, Immune Health and Cancer Prevention, Immune Health and Autoimmune Illnesses, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Digestive Health, etc etc.

Omega 3 – For Everyone For Life

The unsurpassed quality of the omega-3 provided by the BodyWell Group is the result of advanced purification techniques, research-verified natural antioxidants, oxygen-free bottling lines, and strict GMP procedures. Each batch is sent to an independent laboratory for third-party testing to ensure that we meet the industry’s most stringent guidelines for pharmaceutical grade, label claims, purity, and freedom from oxidation. It not only meets, but surpasses the requirements set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). This is why it is the number 1 source for Omega-3 in the world!

What is an essential fatty acid (EFA)?

To properly understand what essential fatty acid (EFA) nutrients are, it’s best to understand what each of the words mean scientifically – essential, fatty acid, and nutrient.

Essential:

If something is classified as essential in nutritional or biochemical terms it means that the body cannot make it and must therefore receive it from the diet.

Fatty Acid:

A fatty acid is simply a type of fat that is classified according to its structure and biological function. Fat has gotten a bad rap over the last few decades and this topic deserves some clarification. I like to classify fats as “good, bad, and ugly”.  The good fats, the fats that are absolutely essential for health and protection from illnesses are the EFAs. The bad fats, the fats that when overconsumed can lead to heart disease, obesity, and other illnesses are the saturated fats from farm raised animals who are fed omega 6 grains such as corn and soy. The ugly fats are the unnatural human made fats such as trans fats and hydrogenated fats. These fats are literally toxic. Sadly they are found in almost all junk foods and even a lot of ‘health’ foods.

If you are buying a packaged food read the label and check for trans, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated or fractionated fat or oil. If you see this put the product back on the shelf!!  In fact, these fats are so toxic that the Canadian government is making them illegal; sadly, the UK still allows them to exist.

Nutrient:

A nutrient is something that the cells of the body require in order to function properly, express health and avoid sickness.  You are probably familiar with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Essential Fatty Acid Nutrient:

An essential fatty acid (EFA) nutrient, in scientific terms, is a nutrient required for health and protection from sickness that the cells of the body cannot produce or make; it is a nutrient that must be derived from our diet.  Without these essential nutrients proper health is impossible and illness is inevitable – they are literally that important in terms of determining quality and quantity of life.

Omega 3 Research

Weight loss:

Did you know: People who consume the regular and high amounts of omega-3 fish oil weigh less and lose more weight compared to those who are deficient in omega-3’s.

Burning fat:

A recent study from the University of South Australia revealed combining moderate aerobic exercise with fish oil over 12 weeks boosted weight loss. This is because fish oil enzymes are responsible for burning fat.
Hill, Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 85, 2007, 1267- 74

Consumption of fish oil helps stop the conversion of pre-fat cells to fat cells by causing pre-cell death.
J of Nutr, Vol 136:2965-69 

A diet high in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) can be protective against obesity and metabolic syndromes in children.
Klein-Plata, Amer J Clin Nutr, Vol 82, 2005, 1178-84

Heart:

Daily supplementation of Omega-3 fish oil helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system to prevent heart disease.

Deficiency in Omega-3 makes your blood vessels more prone to inflammation, disturbs cholesterol balance, makes your blood vessels clot excessively and can even disturb the natural rhythm of your heart.
Connor, Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 71, 2000, 171S-175S

A review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people with sufficient intakes of Omega-3 fish oil significantly have significantly less risk of heart disease and sudden death.
Breslow, Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 83, 2006, 1477S-1482S

Supplementing your diet with fish oil like reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 21%, cardiac death by 35% and sudden death by 45%.
Wang, Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 84, 5-17

Mum’s & Babies:

A recent study estimated that depression affects anywhere from 10-20% of all women after giving birth, and up to 50% in some high-risk populations
Kendall-Tackett, Int Breastfeeding J, May 2007

Deficiencies in omega-3 fish oil have been linked to post-partum depression. Insufficient amounts of omega-3’s make the mother susceptible to auto-immune and inflammatory conditions such as lupus, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, in addition to hormonal imbalances and fatigue.

Often referred to as “Mummy brain” – Low levels of omega-3’s have been linked with poor cognitive performance on tests of delayed memory, logical memory and ability to draw designs from memory.
Muldoon, Am Psychosom. Soc., Ann. Mtg., Mar 2007, abstract

Pregnancy & Baby Development:

For the developing baby, Omega-3 is necessary for brain development and nerve development. Sufficient amounts of omega- 3’s are also crucial because it affects behaviour and sleep. Babies who have sufficient amounts of omega-3 in their diet have more quiet sleep and less sleep-wake transitions. Researchers from a study in Connecticut, USA confirmed these findings and interpreted it to mean a more mature central nervous system.
Cheruku, Am J Clin Nutr, Sep 2002

Insufficient omega-3 intake can also adversely affect the infant’s vision.
McCann, Am J Clin Nutr, Aug 2005

Insufficient omega-3 intake has also been linked to attention deficit behaviour and hyperactivity
Stevens, Am J Clin Nutr, Oct 1995

A research study conducted in a population of Canadian Inuit confirms the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in the early development of the human central nervous system by measuring the levels of DHA.

DHA is a component of the omega-3 class of fatty acids and is found in significant quantities in the brain. DHA is critically important for vision and learning, most markedly in the third trimester when the brain and eyes undergo a rapid growth spurt.

The study looked at the levels of DHA found in the umbilical cord blood at birth, in the mother’s blood and in breast milk and examined the relationship between higher levels and various measures of infant growth and development.

The researchers discovered that higher levels of DHA in the umbilical cord blood correlated with longer gestational period, better visual acuity and novelty preference (a measure of IQ) at 6 months and better mental and psychomotor performance at 11 months of age.

The effect of high DHA levels in breast milk did not have the same effect, meaning that the most critical time to be sufficient is DURING pregnancy, not after.
Jacobson, et. al., J Pediatr 2008 

DHA – Docosahexaenoic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid):

Fish oils are rich in DHA. DHA is metabolized to form the docosanoids, which comprise several families of potent hormones. DHA is a major fatty acid in sperm and brain phospholipids, particularly in the retina. Dietary DHA reduces the risk of heart disease by reducing the level of blood triglycerides in humans. Low levels of DHA have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.