Omega-3: Oil, Fish or Pills?
Last fall the heart association advised people who already have heart disease to consume about 1 gram a day of the active ingredients in fish oil--omega-3s called EPA and DHA. To follow that recommendation, the average person would have to take at least some fish-oil pills. This is one of the few times that a major health organization has endorsed any dietary supplement for treating or preventing disease.
A flood of scientific findings on fish oil points to a startling conclusion: Certain omega-3 fatty acids in the oil, consumed either from fish or fish-oil capsules, appear to offer as much protection against dying from coronary heart disease as do cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The evidence of fish oil's protective powers is so strong that the American Heart Association now urges everyone to eat at least two small 3-ounce servings of fish a week. That's particularly important after menopause in women and after age 45 or so in men, when coronary risk starts to rise.
Five- Way Protection
Studies suggest several possible mechanisms to explain how fish oil helps minimize the consequences of heart disease and perhaps prevent the disease in the first place:
It may electrically stabilize the heart-muscle cells, reducing the likelihood that a heart attack will trigger an arrhythmia or potentially deadly heartbeat disturbance.
It may fight inflammation, which makes arterial plaque deposits more likely to break apart, create blood clots, and thus trigger a heart attack.
It may make certain blood cells less sticky and less likely to form clots.
It may make the arteries more elastic. reducing the chance that increased blood pressure will cause plaque deposits to rupture.
A Dramatic Drop in Deaths
Controlled clinical trials have confirmed that a steady diet of fisll or fish-oil supplements works as "secondary prevention," reducing the likelihood of a repeat heart attack in people who've already had a first attack.
For example, the Diet and Reinfarction Thai, involving some 2,000 heart-attack survivors in Wales, found that those who increased their EPA and DHA intake from fish by at least 500 milligrams a day for two years had a 29 percent lower death rate than those who didn't boost their fish intake; a drop in fatal heart attacks accounted for that entire benefit. Another trial, involving some 11,300 Italian heart-attack survivors followed for 3 1/2 years, found that those given 850 milligrams a day of EPA and DHA from supplements had 20 percent fewer deaths overall and 45 percent fewer sudden-death heart attacks than the untreated control group.
Fish is rich in omega-3s and other nutrients. But some species may contain excessive amounts of certain pollutants. The most comprehensive data on those pollutants involve mercury. The amounts of that heavy metal in some fish can harm the nervous system of a fetus or young child; whether they do so in adults isn't clear. While studies show that eating fish generally reduces the overall death rate, it's wise to minimize any potential risks from pollutants.
Wholemega is wild caught, naturally pure Alaskan salmon.
Source: Consumer Reports
Whole Fish Oil - The Whole Truth
Optimal Health & Omega Oils
Omega 3’s, 5, 6’s, 7 and 9’s belong to a group of fatty acids often referred to as “good fats.” The benefits of these oils are numerous – they serve to nourish brain, heart, eye and kidney tissues.* They have been shown to benefit immune system and digestive system health in addition to supporting healthy metabolism and a positive mood.*
Omega 3 fatty acids (such as EPA & DHA) are particularly noteworthy because the typical “factory farmed” and highly processed Western diet underdelivers these vital good fats. Today, the best sources of these fats are wild, cold-water fish such as salmon (not farmed fish). Grass-fed meat is another option, but unfortunately, most livestock is now fattened on corn. These farmed foods can distort the natural balance of omega fatty acids in our diets.
Omiga-3 to Omega-6 Ratio
While our ancestors ate a ratio of dietary Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s of roughly 1:1, our Western diet (with high intakes of red meat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates) skews the Omega 6 ratio to as high as 20:1.
Only a whole, naturally pure fish oil can deliver all whole Omegas in the appropriate ratio and the naturally occurring antioxidants and vitamins nature created.
Conventional Fish Oil "Purification"
Conventional fish oil manufacturers take a “purified” approach with their products. Because they often source many different types of fish stocks with varying levels of beneficial Omegas, and ship these catches over long distances from various fisheries before processing, they need to employ complex, high-heat purification processes to deliver an acceptable product. This extensive processing can break down the beneficial compounds in their fish oil. While some manufacturers then attempt to add back specific vitamins or antioxidants, the benefits of the “whole” are lost forever.
Wholemega - Nature's Complement of Sixteen Omegas
The brilliant hue in Wholemega comes from Astaxanthin – an extremely powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in wild salmon and abundant in this extra virgin fish oil. While traditional fish oil processing can destroy this vital compound, the low-heat “pressing” used to extract Wholemega preserves this antioxidant as well as the natural color, clarity and viscosity of the salmon oil.
"Purified" Fish Oil
The dull, yellow hue and watery texture of conventional fish oil is symbolic of “purified” products. This heavy distillation fractionates, isolates and destroys many beneficial compounds that give fish oil its naturally vibrant color.
100% Sustainably Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon
One of New Chapter’s guiding principles is to do no harm – to people, to animals or to the environment. That’s why Wholemega comes from 100% sustainably wild-caught Alaskan Salmon. Alaska maintains one of the World’s most highly protected and managed natural fisheries and has outlawed salmon fish farming. By using only wild, sustainably caught Alaskan salmon – among the cleanest and most pure fish stocks in the World – chemical processing to deliver purity is not required. If sustainability is important to you, Wholemega is a fish oil you can feel good about.
Extra Virgin -- Pressed, Not Processed
The oil in Wholemega is so pure and untainted, it is delivered from a “food grade” government inspected facility. It’s our promise of healthy, and pure, food to you.CLICK HERE TO SEE SALMON SERVINGS IN WHOLEMEGA
Clinically Tested for Effectiveness
For optimal benefit, fish oil must become incorporated into cell membranes where it serves to modulate cell signal events (e.g. modulate inflammation) and increases membrane fluidity.* As demonstrated in a human clinical trial, Wholemega has been shown to incorporate into peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) – allowing fish oil to provide its beneficial effects.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.