When it comes to Fish Oil, it’s Quality not just Quantity

Consumers are increasingly turning to health products to maintain and improve their health. Omega-3 supplements are among the most widely used nutritional supplements generating around $35 billion worldwide in 2016 alone (1). They have been touted to benefit everything from hair and skin to mood and heart health. Fortunately, there is a large body of research and clinical experience to support many of these claims.

What is Omega-3?

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid or EFA. EFAs are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the human body and therefore must be obtained through diet. Omega-3 EFAs are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, the contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation.

How do Omega-3 EFAs Help our Body?

Research has shown that Omega-3 EFAs may:

  • Improve risk factors for heart disease like reducing blood pressure and triglycerides and raising good cholesterol levels. A recent study suggests a 25% reduction in risk of experiencing a major cardiovascular event in people taking high doses (2,000 mg+) of Omega-3.(2)
  • Benefit brain function including brain development in pregnancy and early life, fight depression and anxiety, improve mental health disorders and decrease age related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.(3)
  • Improve risk factors for metabolic syndrome like reducing belly fat and lowering insulin resistance.(4)
  • Support bone & joint health including rheumatoid arthritis (5), improve sleep & skin, alleviate menstrual pain, and reduce fat in the liver.
  • Several studies also suggest that Omega-3 EFAs may support ocular health, including Dry Eye Disease (6) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (7) .

Fish Oil from Diet

The best way to obtain Omega-3’s is through the foods we eat, particularly cold-water fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and anchovies. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to consume the necessary amount of Omega-3 rich foods from a typical American diet. Most Americans just do not eat a lot of fish. Many health organizations agree the average, healthy, adult should get a minimum of 250-500mg of combined EPA and DHA per day (8). Much higher amounts can be required for those with specific health concerns.

For perspective, to get 500mg of EPA and DHA daily, one would have to consume 10 cans of tuna fish per week. A cardiovascular patient who may be prescribed 1,000-2,000mg DHA and EPA per day would need 20-40 cans of tuna fish per week!

Safety is another important consideration when eating large amounts of fish which may increase the risk of exposure to contaminants and toxins like mercury.

What is the Right Omega-3 EFA Product for Me?

For many people, a high-quality fish oil supplement is a convenient and effective way to obtain the necessary amount of Omega-3 EFAs. There is seemingly no shortage of options when it comes to fish oil supplements but not all supplements are created equally. Purity and absorption are critical to the effectiveness of fish oil supplements.

Fish oil is primarily available in two forms, re-esterified triglyceride (rTG) and ethyl ester. Fish oil in the triglyceride form is molecularly distilled to remove toxins and is in its most natural state. Triglyceride fatty acids have been safely digested for thousands of years while synthetic ethyl esters have been in the human food chain for only about 25 years. While there are no known side effects with the triglyceride form of fish oil, when ethyl esters are consumed, the ethanol must be filtered through the liver. Any form of alcohol filtering through the liver runs the risk of side effects. This is especially important for children, as they may be more prone to the toxic side effects of ethanol.

Most fish oil supplements on shelves today are the ethyl ester form. Even though research has shown that the rTG form is up to 70% better absorbed by the body, most manufacturers choose ethyl ester because it is easier and cheaper to produce.

Doctor’s Advantage Fish Oil Products for Dry Eye and Overall Health

It is becoming increasingly common for eye care professionals to recommend fish oil supplements to their patients suffering with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. At Doctor’s Advantage, our experts have formulated TWO high quality, rTG fish oil supplements to fit your unique needs. Both products contain pharmaceutical grade ingredients, are mercury free and are manufactured in the USA.

 

EyeRelief – Dry Eye Formula

EyeRelief is a synergistic balance of nutrients that support healthy tear function. This unique combination of 700 mg rTG Omega-3 EFAs plus Flax Seed Oil, Borage Oil and Turmeric Root boosts the body’s ability to create its own higher quality tears which may ease uncomfortable Dry Eye symptoms.

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Omega ShieldTM

Omega ShieldTM is a rich source of 1,000 mg rTG Omega-3 EFAs to support heart, whole body health and eye health, including dry eye. Omega ShieldTM is enteric coated to improve absorption and help eliminate fishy aftertaste.

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[1] Volker D1, Fitzgerald P, Major G, Garg M., Efficacy of fish oil concentrate in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. 2000

[2] Kangari H1, Eftekhari MH, Sardari S, Hashemi H, Salamzadeh J, Ghassemi-Broumand M, Khabazkhoob M., Short-term consumption of oral omega-3 and dry eye syndrome. Ophthalmology. 2013

[3] William G. Christen, ScD; Debra A. Schaumberg, ScD; Robert J. Glynn, ScD; Julie E. Buring, ScD, Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Fish Intake and Incident Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women. 2011

[4] Freydis Hjalmarsdottir, MS. How much omega-3 should you take per day? 2017.

[5] Volker D1, Fitzgerald P, Major G, Garg M., Efficacy of fish oil concentrate in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. 2000

[6] Kangari H1, Eftekhari MH, Sardari S, Hashemi H, Salamzadeh J, Ghassemi-Broumand M, Khabazkhoob M., Short-term consumption of oral omega-3 and dry eye syndrome. Ophthalmology. 2013

[7] William G. Christen, ScD; Debra A. Schaumberg, ScD; Robert J. Glynn, ScD; Julie E. Buring, ScD, Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Fish Intake and Incident Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women. 2011

[8] Freydis Hjalmarsdottir, MS. How much omega-3 should you take per day? 2017.