Why should I take Omega 3?
Omega 3’s are part of a group of fatty acids known as essential fatty acids. This means that they can’t be made by the body, so need to be obtained from the diet, and are essential for health and vitality.
Research has shown they are needed for cardiovascular health, brain function, joint health and if pregnant, for the health and development of the new baby. They are found in oily fish and other marine sources, as well as from some plant sources.
Fish oils (also known as marine oils) contain 2 main fatty acids – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Deep sea cold water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, halibut and herring, provide the most concentrated sources. Omega 3’s are also available from plant sources as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is then broken down in the body as EPA and DHA. ALA is commonly found in flaxseed, walnuts, pumpkin, soyabean oil and non-hydrogenated canola oil.
There has been increased public awareness regarding the presence of mercury and other chemicals finding their way into our supplies of fresh fish. Levels tend to be higher in large predatory fish such as tuna, swordfish, marlin and shark and eating large quantities should be avoided. Comvita Fish Oil capsules follow strict standards to ensure they contain no mercury or other chemicals.
Research also shows that many people are not getting the right amount of Omega 3’s per day, with the recommended daily intake being at least 500mg of a combination of both EPA and DHA per day. This can be remedied by having oily fish a couple of times a week or if this is a big ask, having Comvita Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules – 2 capsules 2-3 times per day to ensure adequate amounts of essential fatty acids are being consumed.