Pro EPA Omega III Fish Oil
60 Softgel Capsules
Item # NS-233
There is overwhelming scientific evidence of the heart-protective benefits of Omega III fats from fish oil. Numerous studies have shown that the Omega III derivatives DHA and EPA in fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, slows the buildup of plaque ("hardening of the arteries"), lowers blood pressure, as well as reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known heart disease.
Epidemiological studies show that populations that eat fish, versus those that do not, have a reduced death rate from cardiovascular disease. Multiple human studies have shown a reduction in blood pressure when patients supplement with Omega III fats from fish oil. Currently, the American Heart Association recommends at least 1000mg of Omega III fats daily. However, integrative doctors are now finding that patients with moderate to high cardiovascular risk factors should raise their daily intake of Omega III fats to 2000 – 3000mg daily.
There is strong scientific evidence from human trials that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels. Benefits appear to be dose-dependent. Fish oil supplements have been shown to also cause improvements in high-density lipoprotein ("good cholesterol"). Omega III fats are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation. Scientists believe that this anti-inflammatory effect is the reason Omega III fats protect the cardiovascular system. Several studies report that regular consumption of oily fish or fish oil/omega-3 supplements reduces the risk of non-fatal heart attacks, fatal heart attacks, sudden death, and deaths due to any cause in people with histories of heart attacks. Most patients in these studies were also using standard heart drugs, suggesting that the benefits of fish oils may add to the effects of other therapies.
Nordic Naturals Superior Quality
Pro EPA is a product of Nordic Naturals, maker of the highest quality fish oils in the world. All of Nordic Naturals products exceed international pharmaceutical standards. Fish oil quality standards do not exist in the United States. To ensure consistent quality, Nordic Naturals adheres to and exceeds the stringent Norwegian Medical Standard and the European Pharmacopoeia Standard for all their products. These standards guaranty quality products be setting maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins and PCB’s.
Nordic Naturals products achieve exceptional freshness levels, which ensure product integrity and biological efficacy. Nordic Naturals’ patented oxygen-free manufacturing process delivers peroxide values (indicators of freshness) down to an absolute 0.0mEq/kg , with an average of 0.75 mEq/kg, which is approximately 14 times below the Norwegian Medical Standard.
If you consume fish oil supplements, purity should be a significant concern in choosing the right product. Nordic Naturals raw material is sourced from some of the cleanest waters in the world, and is tested by independent laboratories for heavy metals and over 210 other environmental contaminants. Nordic Naturals products show no detectable levels of lead or mercury down to 10 ppb, which is ten time below the Norwegian Medical Standard and European Pharmacopoeia Standard limits. Nordic Naturals products have been tested down to 0.5 ppt (parts per trillion) with zero detection of dioxins. The Norwegian Standard limit for dioxins is 2 ppt. Also, Nordic Naturals products show no detectable PCB’s when tested down to 0.5 ppt, more than six times lower than the Norwegian Standard of 3 ppt.
Triglyceride Vs. Ethyl Ester Form
Triglycerides contain a glycerol backbone, stabilizing the oil molecules in their natural form. In this form, the Omega III fats are readily available for assimilation. But most commercially available fish oils are in the synthetic ethyl ester form and are highly unstable and rapidly breakdown during storage.
Additionally, when fish oils are digested they are converted into free fatty acids. After absorption through the epithelial cells, free fatty acids are immediately reassembled back into triglycerides by re-attaching to a glycerol backbone. If the glycerol backbone is missing (as they are with synthetic ethyl ester fish oils), and no glycerol backbone is available, the oil cannot be converted back to triglyceride form. Fatty acids that are not converted back to triglycerides pose an oxidation burden in the form of free radical formation. Pro EPA has natural Lemon flavor added to both the soft gel and the oil, making it a delicious way to ensure adequate intake of the essential heart nutrient, EPA.
Pro EPA is encapsulated in small, easy-to-swallow 1000 mg soft gel capsules, and provides the proper ratios of the heart protective nutrients EPA and DHA. Molecularly distilled for purity and concentration, Pro EPA has been further enhanced with advanced lipid stabilizing antioxidants for superior freshness.