Description: Omega 3/6/9 Fatty acid 90 softgels dietary supplement
One softgel taken three times per day provides a blend of essential fatty acids that may help reduce the risk of coronary disease and support healthy brain function.
Directions: Take 1 softgel by mouth three times a day or as directed by a healthcare professional.
|Serving Size||1 Softgel|
|Servings per Container||90|
|Amt. per Serving||%DV|
|Calories from Fat||7|
|Saturated Fat||0.5 g||**|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0.5 g||**|
|Total Fat||1.2 g||2.4%+|
|Oleic Acid||260 mg||**|
†Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Glycerin, Pure Water.
Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, milk, egg, shellfish or tree nut ingredients.
KEY SCIENCE & BENEFITS
Omega-3 fatty acids mainly consist of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found mainly in plant oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean oils. DHA and EPA are found in fish and other seafood. found in foods.
ALA is an essential fatty acid, meaning that the body needs it for good health, however, the body cannot produce it, so you must get it from the foods and beverages you consume. The body is able to change some ALA into EPA and then to DHA, but only in very small quantities. Getting EPA and DHA from foods (and dietary supplements if you take them) is a logical way to increase levels of these omega-3 fatty acids in your body.
Omega-3s make up parts of the membranes that surround each cell in your body. DHA levels are especially high in retina (eye), brain, and sperm cells. Omega-3s also provide energy to the body and have many functions in your heart, blood vessels,immune system, lungs, and endocrine system
Some effects of Omega -3s
Scientific data have shown that people who consume fish and other seafood have a decreased risk of several chronic diseases. It is however not clear whether these health benefits stem from simply consuming these foods or from the omega-3s in these foods. Below are some examples of what the research has shown.
Excerpts from National Institutes of Health (Office of Dietary Supplements)-Fact Sheet
Many studies show that eating fatty fish and other types of seafood as part of a healthy eating pattern helps keep your heart healthy and helps protect you from many heart problems. Getting more EPA or DHA from foods lowers triglyceride levels, for example. Omega-3 dietary supplements can also help lower triglyceride levels, but it is not clear whether omega-3 supplements protect you from most heart problems.
Infant health and development
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, eating 8 to 12 ounces per week of fish and other seafood may improve your baby’s health. However, it is important to choose fish that are higher in EPA and DHA and lower in mercury. Examples are salmon, herring, sardines, and trout. It is not clear whether taking dietary supplements containing EPA and DHA during pregnancy or breastfeeding affects a baby’s health or development. However, some studies show that taking these supplements may slightly increase a baby’s weight at birth and the length of time the baby is in the womb, both of which may be beneficial. Breast milk contains DHA. Most commercial infant formulas also contain DHA.
Some studies suggest that people who get higher amounts of omega-3s from foods and dietary supplements may have a lower risk of breast cancer and perhaps colorectal cancer. More research is needed to confirm this possible link. Whether omega-3s affect the risk of other cancers is not clear. Clinical trials to examine this possibility are in progress.
Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive function
Some—but not all—research shows that people who consume more omega-3s from food such as fish may have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other problems with cognitive function. More study of the effects of omega-3s on the brain is needed.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
AMD is a major cause of vision loss among older adults. Studies suggest that people who get higher amounts of omega-3s from the foods they eat may have a lower risk of developing AMD. But once someone has AMD, taking omega-3 supplements does not keep the disease from getting worse or slow down vision loss.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
RA causes chronic pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. Some clinical trials have shown that taking omega-3 supplements may help manage RA when taken together with standard RA medications and other treatments. For example, people with RA who take omega-3 supplements may need less pain-relief medication, but it is not clear if the supplements reduce joint pain, swelling, or morning stiffness.
Researchers are studying whether taking omega-3 dietary supplements may help lessen some of the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, childhood allergies, and cystic fibrosis. But more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of omega-3s for these and other conditions.
Can Omega-3s be harmful?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends consuming no more than 3 g/day of EPA and DHA combined, including up to 2 g/day from dietary supplements. Higher doses are sometimes used to lower triglycerides, but anyone taking omega-3s for this purpose should be under the care of a health care provider because these doses could cause bleeding problems and possibly affect immune function. Any side effects from taking omega-3 supplements in smaller amounts are usually mild. They include an unpleasant taste in the mouth, bad breath, heartburn, nausea, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, headache, and smelly sweat.
Interactions with Omega-3s that you should know
Omega-3 dietary supplements may interact with the medications you take. For example, high doses of omega-3s may cause bleeding problems when taken with warfarin (Coumadin®) or other anticoagulant medicines.
References: NIH; office of dietary supplements, Medline
WARNING: Keep out of reach of children. Do not take this product if you are less than 18 years of age. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Discontinue use and contact your healthcare professional if you experience any allergic reaction. If you are taking any prescription or OTC medication, contact your doctor or healthcare provider before using this product. Store in a cool dry, place after opening. Do Not use if seal is broken.