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Omega 3-6-9

Evening Primrose and Algae Oil

A source of GLA, DHA and Vitamin E

Helps to support cognitive health and/or brain function

A source of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for the maintenance of good health

60 & 120 Vegan Soft Caps,

NPN 80057546

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NUTRIENT 1 Capsule contains Daily Dose
(4 Capsules)
Evening Primrose Oil (10% GLA) 600 mg 2,400 mg
Algae Oil (Schizochytrium aggregatum) containing 40% DHA 150 mg 600 mg
Vitamin E (d-alpha Tocopherol) 25 IU 100 IU
Linoleic Acid (LA) (Omega 6) 420 mg 1,680 mg
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) (Omega 6) 60 mg 240 mg
Oleic Acid (OA) (Omega 9) 60 mg 240 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (Omega 3) 60 mg 240 mg

Recommended dose:

Adults: Take 4 capsules daily with meals, or as directed by a health care practitioner.

Recommended use or purpose:

Cautions and warnings:


VEGAN Omega 3-6-9 capsules provide a unique blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids from certified non GMO Evening Primrose Oil containing important gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and a special strain of Algae (Schizochytrium aggregatum) containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This special blend provides the ideal 1:1 ratio of GLA/DHA as found in human cells.

Like vitamins, essential fatty acids (EFA) are required for life. They must come from foods or supplements, because the human body cannot make them. Linoleic acid (LA) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) are EFA but the body cannot use them in that form; they must first be transformed to the active forms of GLA and DHA. The production of GLA from dietary LA and DHA from ALA occurs slowly, or may be blocked entirely in many people. Yet GLA and DHA are necessary precursors in the production of prostaglandins; hormone-like substances that regulate vital cell activities and determine the state of health of all cells, tissues and organs.

GLA is a precursor to the essential series I prostaglandins; hormone-like substances which are involved in a myriad of physiological functions including reducing platelet aggregation, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, decreasing inflammation, balancing various hormone functions, and maintenance of a healthy immune system.

Clinical studies have demonstrated the value of GLA in managing a variety of disorders including:

DHA is a precursor to the essential series 3 prostaglandins which are also involved in a myriad of physiological functions including regulating blood pressure and blood platelets, water retention and immune function. DHA is important for the normal functions of brain and nerves, vision and hearing, adrenal function, sperm formation and thromboses and lower blood triglycerides and cholesterol levels.

DHA accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. Yet most people don't get enough of this nutrient. Cold-water, fatty fish like salmon are good dietary sources of DHA, but many people including vegetarians prefer not to eat fish. Algae DHA does not come from fish, so there is no risk of ocean-borne contaminants such as heavy metals, PCBs or dioxin and it functions in the body exactly as DHA from fish.

The average American consumes less than 100 mg of DHA daily. With increasing awareness of the importance of DHA, many people now realize that they need to make a change to their diet by adding DHA-rich foods or supplements.

For humans, DHA:

Dietary recommendation for n-3 HUFA (EPA+DHA): 0.5-1.0g/d/p

Ratio Between Omage 3 and Omage 6:

In our dietary goal to provide these essential fatty acids during growth, pregnancy, lactation, or for therapeutic approach in the management of specific disease conditions, a balance of the omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids should be ensured. The correct balance is important to maintain normal cellular and other functions. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in all cellular lipids is approximately 4:1 except in the central nervous system, where the ratio is nearer 1:1. Human milk samples from nine different countries showed a remarkable uniformity in the ratio of 5:1 in favour of the omega 6 fatty acids in the milk lipids in spite of the wide variations in the mother's diet in the different countries. Human red blood cell membranes also show much the same ratio. 

While there is yet no clear-cut answer to what the correct balance should be, we can look at Nature to obtain guidelines on this important question. All the comparative data from various studies show a predominance of the omega 6 fatty acids over the omega 3. Since the omega 3 fatty acids are preferentially metabolized in the body, a ratio of 4:1 in favour of the omega 6 acids will ensure a balanced composition at the cellular level. Such a ratio recommendation would be applicable when the parent acids, linoleic (LA) and alpha-linolenic (ALA) are the predominant constituents in the diet. On the other hand, the longer chain derivatives such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosapentaenoic acid (DHA) are biologically more active and are incorporated into cell structures more efficiently. Also, the omega 3 acid, EPA, is preferentially incorporated into cell membranes at the expense of arachidonic acid. In situations where these longer chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are provided in the diet, a ratio of 1:1 between GLA & DHA would be desirable to ensure a correct balance at the cellular level.

In many people, the ability to convert the essential fatty acids LA (omega 6) & ALA (omega 3) into GLA and DHA is deficient. Saturated fats, cholesterol, trans (twisted) fatty acids and sugar interfere with the conversion; and lack of certain vitamins such as niacin (B3) and pyridoxine (B6), as well as a deficiency of the minerals magnesium, zinc and copper make conversion slow down or stop. Diabetics are poor converters and virus infections interfere with conversion. Ageing slows down the rate of essential fatty acid conversion. Everyone can benefit from supplementing their diet directly with GLA and DHA, from which the hormone-like prostaglandins are made.

VEGAN Omega 3-6-9 capsules provide a balanced dietary source of these important essential fatty acid derivatives required to make prostaglandins, useful for conditions in which conversion is decreased or blocked.

Schizochytrium aggregatum is a genus of unicellular protists, one of several that make up the thraustochytrids. These organisms were once thought of as a kind of fungus, but are now assigned to the stramenopiles, a group that also contains kelp and an array of micro-algae. Several different forms occur in the life cycle. The feeding form typically has a stiff rounded body producing cellular extensions with which they feed and occasionally transforming into a mobile flagellated organism (flagella have stiff tripartite hairs typical of stramenopiles). They may encyst. Excysting cells grow and divide to form a cluster of cells each of which may become a sorus that produce biflagellate flagellates stages (zoospores). Not very speciose Schizochytrium was described by Goldstein & Belsky in 1964 from coastal marine habitats. Members of the genus produce significant amounts of docosahexaenoic acid, are now grown commercially as a source of this oil for biofeeds, biomass and as the basis of biofuels.

Vitamin E is included in the formula as it functions as an antioxidant protecting GLA & DHA from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is vital to digestion & metabolism of unsaturated fats, and protects membrane integrity of cells in circulatory, digestive, respiratory, excretory & nervous systems.

It is highly recommended to take SOURCE Optimum; research based multiple vitamin, mineral and enzyme formula daily along with VEGAN Omega 3-6-9 to provide the ultimate in nutritional supplementation for long-term health.

NOTE: Omega-9 is oleic acid (OA) and is non-essential in humans. Virtually all animal and vegetable oils, including Evening Primrose oil, contain oleic acid in varying degrees and there is no known deficiency in man.

Packaging: Packed in light & oxygen resistant recyclable PETE (Bisphenol A free) bottles. 
Gluten Free: Contains no animal substance, artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, sugar, lactose, dairy, salt, yeast or wheat.
Vegan Capsule shell: Non-GMO cassava starch (tapioca), modified starch, purified water, vegetable glycerine. 


List of articles for more information.

Omega-3s may help to treat type 1 diabetes
Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'
Docosahexaenoic Acid and Adult Memory: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
More benefits emerging for one type of omega-3 fatty acid: DHA
New evidence that vitamin D prevents respiratory infections
The role of docosahexaenoic and the marine food web as determinants of evolution and hominid brain development: The challenge for human sustainability
Heart Disease: Consuming too much saturated fat may raise risk
Association of Specific Dietary Fats With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
Omega 6 to 3 - Ideal Ratio
Importance of Dietary γ-Linolenic Acid in Human Health and Nutrition
Comparing Vegan 3-6-9 to Krill Oil
Omega 3s and Your Body
Battle of the omega-3 forms: Triglycerides, ethyl esters, or phospholipids?
Omega 3 may increase cancer risk but benefits outweigh
Serum Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostrate Cancer Risk: Results from the Prostrate Cancer Prevention Trial
EPA Stands Alone as a Depression Fighter
High levels of long chain omega-3 may increase prostate cancer risk: Study
Omega-3 may minimise damaging effects of junk food on brain: Research review
Vitamin E a ‘potential weapon’ against obesity related disease: Study
Maternal omega-3 supplements reduce preterm birth risk: Study
Omega-3 and vitamin D may help clear Alzheimer's plaques
Omega-3 rich diet can boost children’s IQ, says meta-analysis
Omega-3 backed for postpartum depression
Omega-3 supplementation backed for depression in elderly
Vitamin E shows cognitive function benefits: Study
Marine Omega-3s May Boost Heart Health
Omega-3 Again Linked to Lower Inflammation: Study
Men May Benefit from Omega-3 More than Women: Study
Omega-3 linked to better memory in former depressives: Study
Omega-3 linked to lower heart arrhythmic risk
Omega-3s may improve health of blood vessels: Meta-analysis
Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study
DHA omega-3 linked to improved literacy for ADHD children: Study
Vitamin E may lower liver cancer risk: Study
Age Related Eye Disease Study
Omega-3, -6 combination shows promise for inattention and cooperation in ADHD kids

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