- Each of our “Little Fish Oil” capsules contain the highest available concentration of premium grade fish oil providing a total of 860 mg of EPA, 580 mg of DHA and 160 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Little Fish Oil™
60 soft gel capsules
2 soft gel capsules contain: 860 mg of EPA, 580 mg of DHA and 160 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Dr. K’s Recommended Dosage: 4 capsules per day
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are polyunsaturated oils – the “good” fat. These oils are essential because our bodies don’t manufacture them and must be obtained on a daily basis through our diet. The most important essential fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3’s. Insufficient omega-3 rich foods in the standard American diet make it imperative to supplement these fatty acids daily.
- These rich and most beneficial essential fatty acids are found in cold water fish such as anchovies, sardines and mackerel. The omega-3’s are beneficial for many autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus and psoriasis. They are nutrients responsible for cell flexibility, nerve communications and mood support.
- These polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids nutritionally support healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. They are constituents in many cells and are particularly abundant in brain and retina tissue, nerve synapses, and adrenal glands. They have many roles in the body with involvement in two main areas, cardiovascular and nervous system health.
- Fatty acids are vital to human health. Deficiencies, enzymatic insufficiencies, imbalanced diets and the introduction of trans-fatty acids makes the intake of unmodified omega-3 fatty acids a concern for most people in the western world.
- We, as humans, are incapable of forming double bonds at either the omega-3 or omega-6 positions, although we can synthesize longer and more unsaturated fatty acids once we take these essential fatty acids in through our diet.
Essential Fatty Acids for Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disorders
- EPA, either ingested directly from fish oil or converted from linolenic acid (LNA), competes with the enzymes that convert arachidonic acid into these pro-inflammatory agents. Since the Western diet is heavily weighted toward fatty acid consumption, chronic inflammatory diseases are difficult to address without increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil or fish oils.
- Several reports have summarized that the use of fish oils (3g/day) for 3 months has a significant impact on joint tenderness and morning stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
- High EPA/DHA products should be taken by individuals who have elevated triglycerides, diagnosis of one of the cardiac conditions mentioned previously, an autoimmune or inflammatory condition, macular degeneration, etc.
- The combination of evening primrose oil/flax oil or evening primrose/fish oil should be considered routine for natural therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis as well as other rheumatologic disorders like Raynaud’s syndrome and Sjogren syndrome.
Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Disorders
- Deficiencies in essential fatty acids result in scaly skin and excessive water loss.
- Both gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and fish oil concentrates have been used for treating psoriasis with minimal or conflicting results.
Essential Fatty Acids and Diabetes
- As in eczema patients, the delta 6 desaturase enzyme is greatly impaired in many diabetic patients. Without this enzyme, the longer and more unsaturated fatty acids in the omega-6 pathway cannot be properly synthesized. This is thought to be one of the leading causes of diabetic neuropathy.
- The use of GLA-rich oils along with EPA/DHA rich fish oils would be recommended for diabetic retinopathy.
Children and Essential Fatty Acids
- Clinically, children with ADHD have an increased omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio.
- While certainly not the only therapeutic angle for ADHD diagnosed children, increasing EFA intake, especially omega 3 fatty acids, is likely to improve overall health and may have a beneficial effect on behavior.
EPA/DHA Supplements for Vision
- Researchers have found that more frequent consumption of fish appeared to protect against late age-related macular degeneration. Only a moderate intake of fish was necessary for the protective effect.
Omega-6 vs. Omega-3
Currently, 4 oils (soybean, cottonseed, corn, and canola) account for 96% of the vegetable oil use in the US. The omega-6/omega-3 ratio of these combined oils is between 12:1 and 25:1. An estimate of the omega-6/omega-3 ratio in our diet 100 years ago is between 3:1 and 5:1. This dramatic shift toward omega-6 oil consumption, coupled with the alteration of the fats via hydrogenation and oxidation is thought to be one of the leading factors in the rise of chronic illnesses, especially cardiovascular diseases over the past century. A free-range chicken egg has an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of 1:3, while corn fed USDA chicken egg has omega-6/omega-3 of 19.4.
To regain a balanced omega-6/omega-3 ratio in our diet is almost impossible without supplementing our diets with high levels of omega-3 containing oils such as flaxseed oil or concentrated fish oil supplements.
Omega 3 and Cardiovascular Effects
Omega-3 fatty acids prevent heart disease through the following actions:
- Prevention of arrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation)
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-clotting effect
- Low-lipid effect on triglycerides and very low density lipoproteins (VLDL’s)
- Inhibition of atherosclerosis
Induced cardiac arrhythymias, in both animal and cell culture studies, were halted by the administration of EPA and DHA. A controlled study showed that increased intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from seafood is associated with a reduced risk of primary cardiac arrests. 302 patients were randomly selected and placed on an linolenic acid-rich diet after a first myocardial infarction, another 303 patients were placed on a normal post-infarct prudent diet. After 2 years, the group receiving the linolenic acid-rich diet had 70% fewer fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarctions as well as a 70% reduction in overall mortality. The use of flaxseed oil and fish oil should be considered to reduce the risk of primary cardiac arrest and certainly as a post infarct secondary prevention.
Perhaps the most conclusive therapeutic result using fish oils is the reduction of elevated blood tryglyceride levels! Studies have also shown that the consumption of fish oil moderately reduces cholesterol levels as well!
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