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Essential Fatty Acids are Important. Find out why.

Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals has developed and patented natural fruit flavored capsules in a variety of shapes and sizes, small chewable strawberry capsules for children, and even liquids. Nordic Naturals' EFAs are ultra pure, fresh and health promoting omega oils that taste great, and are free from environmental toxins. Nordic Naturals’ products are molecularly distilled utilizing the latest distillation technology and yielding positively zero trans fats. This process guarantees the removal of potential heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.), PCB, and dioxins. Low heat and ultra short residence time is used during the distillation process to ensure positively no damage to the oil. Using a nitrogen manufacturing environment, there is no opportunity for oxidation to occur, thus preventing rancidity (free radicals). With the addition of stabilizing antioxidants, Nordic Naturals’ products are third party tested and documented to have the highest freshness value available.

Nordic Naturals, Inc. uses only wild fish (arctic cod, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies), that are low on the food chain (to minimize potential impurities) and are naturally high in Omega 3 EFAs.
All byproduct of Nordic Naturals' fish oil is used for animal or human consumption. Consequently, no raw material contains antibiotics or other impurities found in some fish feed, as all raw material is caught in the wild.

Nordic Naturals delivers exceptional results in support of joint care, cardiovascular health, mental health, children’s brain, visual development and more. Their products are used by leading research organizations, including Harvard, Georgetown, Omega-3 Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

ProDHA Strawberry from Nordic Naturals has strawberry flavor, making it a delicious way to ensure adequate intake of the essential brain nutrient, DHA. ProDHA is encapsulated in small, easy-to-swallow 500 mg soft gel capsules, and provides 50% DHA and 20% EPA. Molecularly distilled for purity and concentration, ProDHA has been further enhanced with advanced lipid stabilizing antioxidants for superior freshness.

ProEFA from Nordic Naturals is an Omega-3 (from fish oil) and Omega-6 (from organic Borage oil) combination. Each 1000 mg soft gel capsule provides EPA, DHA, and GLA, which are important for proper cell signaling and membrane flexibility. Our ProEFA formulation has been enhanced with organic borage oil, advanced lipid stabilizing antioxidants, added vitamin E and natural lemon oil added to both the soft gel capsule and oil for great taste.

Balanced Omega Combination with Evening Primrose Oil from Nordic Naturals - Developed by strong demand from our practitioners, Balanced Omega Combination is an Evening Primrose oil /fish oil blend with an equal balance of bioavailable Omega 3 (EPA and DHA)
and Omega 6 (GLA). Our small 500 mg soft gels contain natural lemon flavoring, making it easy for kids to chew – they say it tastes like a "lemon drop!”

Arctic Cod Liver Oil from Nordic Naturals - Promotes normal brain development and visual function. Increases DHA level in active kids. Enhances learning and achievement. Supports positive mood, menstrual pain, and healthy skin. Recommended for cardiovascular health, improved blood viscosity, joint mobility, flexibility, and memory function. It doesn't taste like fish! Purified Arctic cod liver oil is now available in two flavors, 100% natural peach essence and orange essence. A great source of both DHA & EPA, our oil contains only natural levels of vitamins A & D (no added palmitate). The highest level of Omega-3 per milligram (mg) of any cod liver oil and 3 times fresher than the competition!

DHA Junior from Nordic Naturals was developed as a delicious way to supplement a child’s diet with the important brain nutrient, DHA. DHA is important for proper growth and development of the brain, eyes, nervous system and cell membranes. Great strawberry taste in both the soft gelatin capsule and oil! Contains naturally existing vitamins A and D. Soft gel can be easily swallowed or chewed by children over two years of age.

ProEPA from Nordic Naturals one of the industry’s highest concentrations of EPA from fish, is enhanced with natural lemon oil for great lemon taste. ProEPA is molecularly distilled for purity and concentration and has added lipid stabilizing antioxidants for superior freshness. ProEPA provides nutritional support for the body to manufacture vital series 3 prostaglandins, and is “repeat” and “odor free.”

What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and why are they important?

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids constitute the two families of EFAs. EFAs are considered "essential" because they are needed throughout the human life cycle, cannot be manufactured in the human body, therefore they must be obtained through our diet on a daily basis for optimal health and wellness. The body must receive a constant and balanced supply of EFAs to ensure proper prostaglandin production. Prostaglandins are beneficial hormone-like compounds that affect virtually every system in the body. They regulate pain and swelling, help maintain proper blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and promote fluidity in nerve transmission.

What are early signs of EFA deficiency?

• Fatigue • Poor memory • Immune weakness
• Dry skin, eczema or hair loss • Heart problems • Reproductive problems (men and women)
• Mood swings or depression • Poor circulation

Where can I get a direct source of EFAs ?

Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are found in cold water fish such as sardines, mackerel, anchovies and cod liver. GLA, an Omega-6 fatty acid, is abundant in borage and evening primrose oil.

What type of fish does Nordic Naturals use in their products?

All of Nordic Naturals' fish oils come from sardines, mackerel, and anchovies, excluding our Children's DHA Formula and Liquid Arctic Cod Liver Oil which comes from virgin Arctic cod liver.

What’s the difference between fish oil and flax seed oil?

Omega-3 fatty acids fall into two major categories: Plant derived (flax seed oil, yielding alpha linolenic acid or ALA) or marine derived (fish oil, yielding both EPA and DHA). The human conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is somewhat slow and can be inhibited by various conditions such as a diet high in linoleic acid (Omega-6), trans-fatty acids such as fast foods and baked goods, alcohol intake, certain health conditions, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies (B3, B6, C, zinc, magnesium). Fish, on the other hand, is a direct source of EPA and DHA. The general consensus is that only about 15% of ALA converts to EPA, and it may not convert to DHA at all.

How soon will I see results?

It will vary depending on the concentration of the fish oil, your current nutritional state, dosage, and current health. We often will hear that our customers "feel better" and experience "clearer thinking" and "an enhanced well being" within 2 weeks. For better results, we recommend you take EFAs daily for at least two months to evaluate their benefits and reduce your intake of hydrogenated and trans-fats.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, no. Consumers typically report having more energy and a greater mental clarity while taking EFAs. If you experience repeat (burping), your supplements are either rancid or your body may not be manufacturing the fat digestive enzyme, lipase, used to metabolize the oil. If you haven't ingested fish oils for a long period of time it should take about a week for your body to develop this enzyme.

Is it safe to take EFAs derived from fish? I’ve heard that fish oil contains mercury and other environmental toxins.

Fish oils may contain environmental toxins that accumulates in fish during its life span. Potential toxins can be virtually eliminated given the use of high quality raw materials and a technologically advanced refining process utilizing the very latest distillation technologies. Nordic Naturals fish oils are molecularly distilled utilizing a leading edge enzymatic process, where any potential heavy metals and dioxins are removed. Third party testing document the complete absence of heavy metals and dioxins (where heavy metals are tested down to 25 particles per billion and dioxins down to 0.5 particles per trillion).While Nordic Naturals' policy is to test competing products on an ongoing basis to monitor the overall quality level of the fish oil industry, Nordic Naturals has never found a competing product to match its freshness and purity levels.

Do pregnant women need EFAs?

It is especially important for a pregnant or lactating woman to get adequate amounts of DHA in her diet because the baby is drawing upon her supply. DHA is critical for healthy development of the brain, eyes, and nervous system. There is evidence linking a deficiency in Omega-3 fatty acids to an increased risk of premature birth. Some experts recommend that women take 500-600 mg per day during pregnancy and lactation. As with any supplement, it is best to check with your health care professional.

What is the recommended intake of Omega-3 fatty acids?

ISSFAL Recommended Dosage Chart Category Weight Dosage
Infants (1-18 months) 0-15 lbs 32 mg/lb EPA+DHA
Children (1.5-15 yrs) 15 mg/lb EPA+DHA
Adults (15-115 yrs) 650 mg EPA+DHA
220 mg EPA -minimum
220 mg DHA -minimum
Lactating Women 300 mg DHA daily

Can we get enough EFAs from the food we eat?

Fish is one of the most abundant sources of EFAs, but Americans simply don’t eat enough fish on a regular basis. Even those who eat fish several times a week aren’t getting enough EFAs because much of the fish consumed today are farm raised (fed a diet of grains instead of fish meal) and lack a significant amounts of EPA and DHA. In addition, there are several factors that can lead to a reduced absorption of EFAs: Age, poor diet, alcohol consumption, low levels of certain vitamins and minerals, some prescription drugs, compromised immune status, and a diet high in trans-fatty acids (fast food, baked goods).

Good fats vs. Bad fats?

The "bad" fats are trans-fatty acids and saturated fats from animal products. Trans-fatty acids should be avoided completely, this includes margarine, shortening, and processed foods. Meat and dairy products contain high levels of saturated fat and should be eaten in moderation.The "good" fats include polyunsaturated Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs are considered "essential" because they are needed throughout the human life cycle, cannot be produced in the human body, and therefore must be provided through the diet. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids constitute the two families of essential fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids include corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oil. While it is important that your diet include both of these essential fatty acids, it is becoming clear that balance is the key to good health.

What should I look for when purchasing fish oil?

1. Investigate the manufacturing process. How is the fish oil manufactured and what are the manufacturing standards?
2. Smell. Does the fish oil smell fishy? If it smells fishy, the fish oil has most likely been exposed to oxygen and is becoming rancid.
3. Taste. Does the fish oil taste fishy? The freshest fish oils should not taste fishy. Avoid fish oils that have really strong fruit flavor added to them because they are most likely trying to hide the fishy flavor of rancid oil.

What is pharmaceutical grade?

Pharmaceutical grade/standard relates to the purity of an oil. Nordic Naturals' fish oils are tested, before and after production, for heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxin. The results are documented showing the absence of these environmental toxins. Only a true pharmaceutical grade/standard product will pass these standards. Nordic Naturals' products test well below pharmaceutical grade/standard because they are solely based on the Norwegian Medicinal Standard, which is the only true pharmaceutical grade/standard to be revered.

Will EFAs interfere with my medical condition or medications I’m taking?

Check with your health care professional since EFAs can reduce blood viscosity and are not recommended if you are using blood thinners, taking high doses of aspirin, or anticipating surgery.

Can EFAs be taken with other supplements?

Yes, EFAs can be taken with a wide variety of supplements. EFAs are extremely well tolerated, natural, health-promoting, and safe to use every day.

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