60 gelatin capsules (1000mg):
A balanced blend of these healthy fats (including essential fatty acids) in ideal ratios for the human body, for all-round support of good mental and physical health.
Derived from sunflower seed oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil - the best source - and with added vitamin E.
The high-strength, high quality Omega Balance oils in this product are in an easy-to-swallow gel capsule form.
More about Omega oils and essential fatty acids...
Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils are the so-called "good fats", required by the body and its many systems to carry out a number of vital functions, including:
What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?
These are a group of unsaturated fatty acids that are essential for growth and body function. EFA activity requires three polyunsaturated fatty acids (linolenic, linoleic and arachidonic). The most essential are linoleic and arachidonic, which are closely involved in metabolism, transport of fats and maintenance of cell membranes. While linolenic and arachidonic acids can be synthesised by the body, linoleic cannot.
There are two types of essential fatty acids - Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Most people get adequate amounts of Omega 6 fatty acids through their diet, but not enough Omega 3. Over the past 50 years, the consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids has significantly declined in the West.
Omega 3 oils are generally found in fatty fish, deep green vegetables and some grains and seeds. They contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is metabolised into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the body. DHA is found in high concentration in the grey matter of the brain and the retina of the eye, and is instrumental in the function of brain cell membranes (which are in turn important for the transmission of brain signals).
Unlike Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Omega 9 fatty acids are not classed as EFAs. This is because they can be manufactured by the human body from unsaturated fat and are therefore not "essential" in the diet. Having said that, vegans, vegetarians, semi vegetarians and others with restricted diets (for whatever reason) may require greater dietary input.
Balanced intake of beneficial oils
Our hunter/gatherer ancestors had a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 oils of about 5:1. Nowadays, because of modern food processing and changes in the average Western diet, the ratio is about 24:1. It is also very difficult to get enough Omega 3 fatty acids from food alone and, to compound the problem, Omega 3 fatty acids are very fragile and can be destroyed by heating (i.e. through cooking).
An EFA deficiency (particularly in Omega 6) may be caused by alcohol, a poor diet and a host of other factors. Deficiencies may be responsible for a wide range of symptoms, including everything from foul-smelling perspiration to psoriasis, pre-menstrual tension, skin problems, dandruff, eczema, splitting nails, dull brittle hair and colic.
For optimal effect (e.g. in terms of absorption and utilisation), EFAs require the presence of an adequate supply of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and selenium. They are present in oily fish, cold pressed seeds, pulses, avocados, nuts and nut oils.
Our Omega 3-6-9 Balance Oils, from sunflower seed oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil (three of the best sources), are combined in balanced proportions in one easy-to-swallow capsule and contain added vitamin E.
EFAs and healthy weight loss
People who want to shed pounds or build muscle often follow very low-fat diets for obvious reasons. On the surface, this makes sense because each gram of fat has twice the calories of protein or carbohydrate. Therefore, if you cut out the fat, you should theoretically produce more lean tissue or muscle. However, the truth is that diets that are severely restricted in the right type of fat can actually have the opposite effect - they can ultimately cause you to gain fat and lose muscle in several ways.
For one thing, and as we have seen above, our bodies cannot function well without some fat. It is necessary, for instance, for the production of hormones (essential for the production of muscle) and for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. What's more, if you don't eat some fat alongside carbohydrates, you are liable to get hungrier faster, which can lead you to overeat. Carbohydrates trigger the release of the hormone insulin, which sends sugar (glycogen) into muscle cells.
When the muscle cells are filled with glycogen, the excess is stored as fat.