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Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Free Radical Formation
With our fast-paced lifestyles these days most people don’t have the time to prepare nutritional meals. Our grocery stores seem to be selling more un-healthy (processed foods). The human body is just too complex to understand what it needs, resulting in much unexplained illness, disease, pain in our world. People’s lives are becoming complex not only from the food they eat, but also from the emotional stresses of life, from challenging relationships, losing a job or changing a career. Physical and emotional stresses are constantly bombarding our bodies, which tend to negatively affect our lives.
You have many choices for Omega-3 fatty acids these days. There are two main categories of Omega-3 fatty acids. Those that are fish (marine-derived) and those flax (plant-derived). You will find a huge difference in prices among stores and in the quality and benefits or lack of benefits that you derive from your Omega-3 fatty acids. If you taste or smell any kind of “fishy-ness” the quality is inferior and what you smell and taste is leading to “free radical formation” in your body, which leads to illness, disease, injury, pain and decreased years to your life. That “fishy” smell and taste that you’re experiencing is the oxidation caused by hexane, excessive heat and lesser manufacturing processes of your Omega-3 fatty acids then the Nordic Natural brand (from Norway) which I feel is best and which our office offers to our patients. All of the Nordic Natural products are manufactured to the highest of quality to best preserve their concentrated fish oil in order to enhance absorption and utilization into your body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also based into a number of their carbon bonds. Without going too deeply into chemistry and electron shells there are n-3’s and n-6’s. A healthy ratio of n-3’s to n-6’s in our bodies is respectively 2:1. But these days with different levels of stress in our lives and the reduced quality of food in our food chain the n-6’s get up to numbers of n-20 to n-25 or higher, which leads to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, mood swings, depression, dimentia, alzheimer’s.
Omega-3’s are comprised of EPA (eicosa-pentoic acid) , DHA ( docosa-hexaenoic acid), GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and OA (oleic acid). All of these four acids are manufacturd by Nordic Naturals to their highest possible levels giving you the best and highest quality of Omega-3 fatty acids for your optimum health and well-being.
EPA >maintains a healthy heart and circulatory system, enhances joint flexibility and movement, promotes healthy immune function, supports optimal metabolism and body composition, promotes balanced blood sugar levels, promotes key anti-inflammatory pathways and promotes positive mood and well-being.
DHA >supports learning and memory, support and protects the brain, eyes, and nervous and immune systems, essential for the proper development of infants and children, recommended by physicians for pregnant and lactating women.
GLA > Nourishes hair and skin, supports healthy joints, maintains, optimal body-fat metabolism, supports a positive mood, supports a regular menstrual cycle via prostaglandin metabolism.
OA > which occurs naturally in fish oils, lowers the incidence of chronic degenerative diseases such as coronary heart disease, a good-for-you omega-9 mono-saturated fatty acid, supports healthy blood vessel function, promotes healthy cell membrane function.
Nordic Natural’s has an extensive product list. You can view their product list at www.nordicnatural.com. If you are not sure which Nordic Natural product is best for you for a nominal fee you can call our office at 801.230.0166 and schedule a new patient consultation and Dr. Bob Seiler of Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness can access which Omega-3 products would be best for you or a loved one.