The average American consumes about 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily. About 1.4 grams of this comes from ALA, while 0.1-0.2 grams from EPA and DHA. In Western diets, people eat about 10 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. These large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids come from vegetable oils such as corn oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, and walnut oil. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete in the body, benefits may be reached either by decreasing omega-6 intake or increasing omega-3 intake.
Coronary heart disease
Evidence suggests that people who have low levels of EPA and DHA may have a higher risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure. Clinical trials suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may have benefits in terms of reducing total and heart disease mortality (death). It is believed that omega-3 fatty acids may help lower triglycerides and inflammation. Daily intake has been linked to a reduced risk of sudden heart failure.
High Blood Pressure
Many studies report that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce blood pressure. However, effects have generally been small, and other trials reported no benefit. Effects may be greater in people who have higher blood pressure and may depend on the dose. DHA may have greater benefits than EPA.
There is strong scientific evidence that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements can significantly reduce triglyceride levels. Higher doses have been found to have greater effects, and a dose of four grams daily may lower triglyceride levels by up to 40%. Effects may be increased when taken with statin drugs such as simvastatin and atorvastatin.It is unclear how fish oil therapy compares to other agents used to lower triglycerides. Some studies suggest that fish oil may increase LDL levels.
Omega 3 (Fish Oil) - "Studies:EPA and DHA have been extensively studied for RA as well as dozens of other inflammatory conditions, including heart disease, depression, Raynaud's syndrome and lupus. A 2010 meta-analysis found that fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in RA patients and reduced or eliminated NSAID use. Preliminary studies indicate it may have a similar effect on osteoarthritis. A 2005 study of people with RA showed enhanced positive effects when fish oil supplements were used in combination with olive oil." Arthritis Foundation @ arthritis.org
A 4-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluated the potential benefits of fish oil in 20 individuals with depression. All but one participant were also taking standard antidepressants and had been taking them for at least 3 months. By week 3, the level of depression had improved to a significantly greater extent in the fish oil group than in placebo group. Six of 10 participants given fish oil, but only one of 10 given placebo, showed at least a 50% reduction in depression scores by the end of the trial. - Nemets B, Stahl Z, Belmaker RH. Addition of omega-3 fatty acid to maintenance medication treatment for recurrent unipolar depressive disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2002;159:477-479.
Special fats, called omega 3 Fats have been shown to have cardiac benefits. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and herring contain the Omega 3 fats called DHA and EPA. To obtain enough from these fish, you need to eat two six-ounce servings per week.
Our kids need omega-3 fats in their diet regularly for healthy brain function and more. Current research has shown benefits in ADHD including impaired emotional processing and anti-social traits. Other areas of research have shown improved memory, decreased depression and decreased inflammation (article link below). The biggest issue with children is some of the richest food sources of Omega-3 and the least liked, including fish, walnuts and soy beans.
THE BIG PROBLEM WITH CHILDREN'S OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTS
One of biggest problems of Omega-3 supplements is that most don't have enough Omega-3 to meet recommended needs. From the article above, children 2-18 years require anywhere from 700 to 1600 mg per day of Omega-3. Do a quick google search of the various Omega-3 supplements on the market for children and you will quickly see ranges from 25-100 mg per dosage. Coromega brand below provides 650 mg per single dosage.
More recommendations and amounts for Omega-3 for various health health concerns from Mayo Clinic:
300% better absorption than softgel capsules.
In a clinical study, the omega-3 in Coromega® was shown to enter the bloodstream faster, at 3 times the levels of a fish oil product in softgel form.
Omega3 squeeze from Coromega, is a tasty burst of goodness. Omega3 provides 2 important fatty acids: EPA for a healthy heart, DHA for strong mental focus.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Calories from Fat||20|
|Total Fat||2 g||3%|
|Saturated Fat||0.5 g||3%|
|Trans Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||0 g||0%|
|Vitamin C||12 mg||20%|
|Vitamin E||3 IU||10%|
|Fish Oil||2000 mg||*|
|Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids||650 mg||*|
|Stevia Leaf Extract||10 mg||*|
Consult your physician before taking this or any dietary supplement. Do not freeze or heat.