Omega-3 is a compound which contains two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, Eicosapentaeonic Acid C20:5 (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid C22:6 (DHA) which are found in an average concentration of 18% and 12%, respectively. They are an important component of the diet as their absence produces a deficiency syndrome. Vida-Life (r) OMEGA-3, is obtained by means of a prolonged process applied during the final refining stages of fish oil which produces the commercially required concentrations of 30% and 35% for EPA and DHA.
Arteriosclerosis is the most frequently cited cause of death or invalidity in man. It is characterized by a thickening of the interior lining of the arterial wall via the accumulation of cholesterol and/or rapidly replicating tumor like cells. This blockage reduces the diameter of the artery to the point that blood platelets (blood corpuscles which control coagulation) adhere to the arterial wall thereby creating an occlusion, or thrombosis. Depending on which artery is involved, the obstruction can cause gangrene, stroke or cardiac arrest. A diet deficient in polyunsaturated fatty acids favors the development of Arteriosclerosis.
DHA is fundamental for the development of the brain and retina in all animals. However, as opposed to most mammals man is unable to synthesize DHA from vegetable products therefore, it is necessary that DHA be an essential fatty acid in man's diet. Those polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesized by vegetables do not reach carbon chain lengths of more than 18 carbons. On the contrary, those carbon chains most effective in the treatment of Arteriosclerosis are of 20 and 22 carbons such as EPA C20:5N and DHA C22:6N which are only found in phytoplankton and fish oil.
Eskimos, whose diet favors the consumption of marine mammals and other fish products, ingest twice as much cholesterol as their western counterpart. However, there is more EPA and DHA in their bloodstream less cholesterol and triglycerides resulting in fewer arterial occlusions and a tenfold reduction in the chance of dying from cardiac arrest.
The Japanese consume between 100 and 250 grams of fish products daily, which may account for the high levels of EPA and DHA in their bloodstream. It is interesting to note that when compared to citizens of the other developed nations of the world, the Japanese have the lowest occurrence of Heart Disease and Arteriosclerosis.
Lipids (fat in the bloodstream) do not circulate in the bloodstream as free elements, but are associated with proteins and are called lipoprotein complexes. After 60 years of age the concentration of lipoproteins in the body begins to vary and should be interpreted with caution. Previously concluded studies indicate that supplementing the diet with Vida-Life OMEGA-3 can be beneficial in reducing one's risk of developing heart disease and suffering cardiac arrest.
The recommended dietary levels of saturated fatty acids to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids is 1:1:1. In spite of this, it has been calculated that the common diet falls short of reaching the recommended 1:1:1 levels. Therefore, in order to achieve this relationship approximately one third of the fatty acids consumed should be polyunsaturated such as EPA and DHA, further illustrating the importance of these oils. Additionally, it is recommended that 30% of total caloric intake come from fats, accordingly 10% should come from polyunsaturated acids. Supplementing the western diet with OMEGA-3 helps reduce the level of triglycerides and cholesterol encountered in the bloodstream, in addition to lowering blood pressure. As indicated, reducing the level of cholesterol helps minimize the chances of developing arteriosclerosis. Due to their high degree of unsaturation, the polyunsaturated fatty acids DHA and EPA are easily oxidized. The stability of OMEGA-3 against oxidation has been increased via treatment with Alfatocoferol (Vitamin E) and through the elimination of an important part of the saturated fatty acids present in fish oil, resulting in a product of great nutritional value. Accordingly for human consumption, they are encapsulated in gelatin which is impermeable to oxygen. We are pleased to offer you Vida-Life(r)softgels OMEGA-3 which have EPA and DHA concentrations of 30% 35% and 50% Max/Super EPA respectively and is available in 1000 milligrams and in bulk in 200 kg. drums.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES- Oily Fluid - Density at 20 C : 0.92 / 0.93 gr/cc. - Gardner colour : 6-7 - Moisture and impurities : 0.1 max - Refractive index at 40 C : 1.4710 - 1.4750 - Odour : Fresh Fish Oil - Cold test at 0 C : Neg. after 6 hrs.
CHEMICAL PROPERTIES- Oleic Acidity : 0.5 max (normal 0.2%) - Iodine Index : 188 - 200 - Saponification Index : 195 - 200 - Peroxid Index : 3 meq 02/Kg. - Thiobarbituric Index : 3 mg. Malonaldehide/kg of mat max - Raw Energy, (average) : 9427 cal/gr - Metabolic energy (average) : 8970 Kcal/Kg - Antioxidant : 500 ppm vitamin E