Many people don't realize but most of our debilitating diseases can be traced to an inflammatory cause. Inflammation is what causes the pain of arthritis, the discomfort of allergies, the wheezing of asthma and the stiffness from overusing your muscles. Inflammation also underlies the most devastating and catastrophic of all diseases: heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and many forms of cancer.
Omega contains one of the highest dosages of EPA (600 mg) and DHA (400 mg) on the market today. Balanced fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHAs found in fish oil, are essential for normal brain function, cardiovascular health, joint movement, immune function, healthy skin and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Omega uses fish found in clear, pristine waters of the Atlantic and is derived from molecularly distilled fish oil that is independently tested to be guaranteed free of heavy metals (mercury and lead) and other contaminants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fats, one of four basic types of fat that the body derives from food. (Cholesterol, saturated fat and monounsaturated fat are the others.) All polyunsaturated fats, including the omega-3s, are increasingly recognized as important to human health. Omega-3's must be obtained from food or supplements because the body cannot make them on its own.
Omega-3's (and Omega-6s) are termed essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are critical for good health. Although the body needs both omega-3s and omega-6s to thrive, most people consume far more 6s than 3s. (The American diet contains 16-20 times as much 6s.) Hardly a day goes by, however, without reports of another health benefit associated with omega-3s.
The key omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both found primarily in oily cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel. Aside from fresh seaweed, a staple of many cultures, plant foods rarely contain EPA or DHA.
So while you are standing in your local health food store, reviewing omega labels, make certain the product label lists the actual amount of EPA and DHA, not just the total amount of fish oil or Omega-3s, since not all fatty acid oils are EPA and DHA.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily intake of 300-500 mg per day of EPA and DHA. (Median intakes of EPA and DHA are a paltry 4-7 mg/day and 52-93 mg/day respectively, among US adults.)
The American Health Association released this profound statement regarding Omega-3s: "Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the hearts of healthy people, and those at high risk of, or who currently have, cardiovascular disease."