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:
- Diabetes Mellitus,
- Multiple Sclerosis,
- Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
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:
- Is the predominant structural fatty acid in the cerebral cortex of the brain and photoreceptors of the retina.
- Reduces chronic diseases risk
- Reduces Cardiovascular diseases risk,
- Reduces arthritis risk,
- Reduces CNS diseases risk
- Reduces fatty liver disease risk
Dietary recommendation for n-3 HUFA (EPA+DHA): 0.5-1.0g/d/p
Ratio Between Omega 3 and Omega 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.
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.
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.