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How Does Juvenon Essential Omega-3 work?
The soothing omega-3s keep the fiery omega-6s in balance so that our bodies benefit from both. Our cells can not synthesize EPA and DHA so we may need to obtain them from supplements.
600 mg Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
This polyunsaturated fatty acid has the ability to lower inflammation. Studies have shown that increased intake improves cardiovascular health, high blood pressure and inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
400 mg Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
Another polyunsaturated fatty acid, DHA is essential for proper brain function and helps maintain brain serotonin. Low levels have been associated with ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. DHA also supports the nervous system.
Why Take Juvenon Omega-3′s?
There are two major categories of fatty acids – omega-3s and omega-6s. Omega-6s, obtained primarily from vegetable oils, are important for regulation of the immune system. But, too many in the diet can lead to inflammation, causing aches and pains. Historically, human diets had a healthy ratio of these two fatty acids, approximately 1 to 1. Modern processed foods have skewed that ratio so that the average diet is now almost 20 times higher in omega-6s than omega-3s.
The simplest way I know to achieve a healthier heart and brain is to include more Omega-3 fish oils in your daily diet. The American Heart Association recommends supplements for people with high triglycerides and heart concerns. However, all men and women will benefit from the heart-friendly effects of fish oils, as well as the benefits of helping to maintain brain serotonin.
Juvenon’s pure, toxin-free, pharmaceutical grade Omega-3 fish oil provides 1000 mg of the two fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA). The Essential Omega-3 Supplement is formulated as a softgel capsule, coated for improved digestion.
Omega-3′s: On the Menu for Better Cardiovascular Health
Which supplement, if any, should we take on a daily basis to maximize our health?
A confusing question, perhaps largely due to what we see in the news media. One week a particular nutrient is good for our health. Later, we come across another article preaching the potential dangers associated with taking the same nutrient.
There is a nutrient, however, that receives virtually all positive health reports, the omega-3 fatty acids, commonly present in cold water fish (sardines, salmon etc.). Some of the positive health effects of omega-3 fatty acids reported in the scientific literature are listed below.
Omega-3s Potential Pluses
- Diminished depression, Alzheimer’s and cancer
- Reduced inflammation
- Weight reduction and decrease in number and size of fat cells
- Improved heart and vascular health
Omega-3s vs. Omega-6s
Many of the diseases associated with western civilization are believed to be, at least in part, the result of a diet deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids, and too high in another class of fatty acids, omega-6s. The omega-6s are highly concentrated in vegetable oils and are present in so many of our carbohydrate-based foods, as well as cooking oil. Many of the diseases associated with western civilization are believed to be, at least in part, the result of a diet deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids. (Substituting cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for vegetable oils is a healthy alternative.).
Why are we so tortured? Is something that tastes so good, like crispy fat on a steak, really not good for our health? Surprisingly, consuming a high-fat meal occasionally may be perfectly healthy, especially if your diet is replete with the omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent or minimize fat-induced damage to your health.
High Fat, Higher Blood Pressure
Experimental data from recent studies indicates that regular consumption of a diet high in fat, especially saturated fat (that solid white stuff on a steak), impairs the health of the sensitive cells (endothelial) lining the walls of our blood vessels (arteries and arterioles). The impaired artery doesn’t respond properly to pressure exerted on it by the flow of blood pumped by the heart. This, in turn, results in arterial stiffness and loss of vessel elasticity. As the condition progresses, blood pressure rises.
A recent study (this month’s “Research Update”) identified another positive health effect from taking the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA in supplement form. The research was carried out on 17 healthy men at Kings College London.
The men consumed a high-fat meal, one group with the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA (5 grams), the other group without it. A second high-fat meal followed four hours later, but without EPA. Three and six hours after consuming the first meal, the stiffness of the participants’ arteries was measured using a digital volume pulse (DVP) device.
The measurements were recorded as stiffness index (DVP-SI). The results were impressive, clearly demonstrating a significant improvement in the stiffness index in those who consumed the high-fat meal containing the EPA, as compared to the control high-fat meal without it.
Omega-3s and You
These results, as well as those from another human study (published September 2007) by a different group of investigators, strongly support a role for the omega-3 fatty acids in improving elasticity of blood vessels and cardiovascular health in general. Considering the additional potential benefits (see table above) from consuming sufficient quantities of the omega-3s, making an effort to include this nutrient in your diet seems like a healthy choice.
Flaxseed and other plants contain the omega-3s, but in a form that requires additional cellular processing to convert them to the active forms the body can use. Unfortunately, the conversion is very inefficient. Only a small percentage of the precursor omega-3s in the flaxseed becomes the active, DHA/EPA forms.
The omega-3s can also be obtained from fish. In fact, many health professionals recommend one or two meals with fish per week (perhaps less during pregnancy). Considering the additional potential benefits from consuming sufficient quantities of the omega-3s, making an effort to include this nutrient in your diet seems like a healthy choice.But there is the issue of pollution with heavy metals, such as mercury, as well as toxic chemicals present in pesticides. All of which have been found in some fish.
Another safer, more effective source of the omega-3s is fish oil capsules. For the most part, the capsules contain molecularly distilled fish oil, eliminating the bulk of the toxic contaminants.
Although a precise amount has yet to be established, most experts in the field believe a healthy dosage is in the range of one to two grams per day. Labels frequently indicate 1000 milligrams fish oil per capsule, but the omega-3s represent only one-third of the total. So, if each capsule contains about 300 mg of the two important omega-3s, DHA/EPA, the recommended dosage would be three to four capsules of fish oil per day.
To be on the safe side it is always a good idea to consult with your health professional about dosage and whether taking this nutrient in supplement form will benefit your health.