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Yes! Bioriginal provides many marine-based omegas ingredients. Our portfolio includes BioPure DHA®, salmon oil, and RIMFROST SUBLIME Krill oil.

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Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are essential nutrients, the body cannot produce. EFA’s are are polyunsaturated fats, which are considered “good” fats. EFAs contribute to the healthy functioning of cell membranes, and are critical for the synthesis of eicosanoids, a family of hormone-like substances that help in cell maintenance. Just like essential vitamins and minerals, Omega fatty acids are necessary for the maintenance of good health.

Research with Omega fatty acid supplementation has shown promise in a number of areas including: rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, high blood cholesterol, coronary heart disease, diabetic neuropathy, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, and cancer.

Physiologically speaking, there are two fatty acids that are truly “essential”. These are Linoleic Acid (LA) Omega-6 fatty acid and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) Omega-3 fatty acid. The body cannot manufacture these fats itself, yet they are essential for health. A healthy body uses LA and ALA to produce other fatty acids, but in an inefficient way, due to which the amounts of the other fatty acids are low and supplementation is needed. There are also derivative fatty acids which each play specific roles in the maintenance of good health, and we generally include them when we talk about essential fatty acids: Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). There is one other derivative fatty acid that isn’t always a good in large quantities, but it, too, is necessary in small amounts: Arachidonic Acid (AA).

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are scientific names for two different categories – or families – of essential fatty acids. These names are derived from the chemical composition of the fatty acid molecules. Omega-3 fatty acids include Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Omega-6 fatty acids include Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Linoleic Acid (LA), and Arachidonic Acid (AA). The body needs a balance of each fatty acid, regardless of the family it belongs to. For this reason, it may be easier to think not in terms of families but simply about the importance of each of these essential fats; like vitamins, the body needs all of them for good health.

To say that all Omega-6s are “bad” is an oversimplification. It is true that we generally get an excess of the Omega-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) in our diet, and it has been shown that excess LA can have negative effects. However, GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that provides a variety of health benefits. Many factors of our modern lifestyle hamper the body’s ability to produce this beneficial Omega-6: consumption of sugar, alcohol, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, diabetes, aging, stress, prescription medications, and viral infections to name a few. Insufficient quantities of zinc, magnesium, and vitamins B6, C, and niacin also slow the process. For this reason, it is a good idea to supplement with a readily absorbed source of GLA such as borage or evening primrose oil in addition to supplementing with sources of Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax and fish oil.

In thousands of studies worldwide, no serious side effects of omega supplementation have ever been reported. Minor side effects may include: bloating, nausea, upset stomach, burping, and loose stools (diarrhea). To avoid these minor side effects, take omega supplements with meals, start with lower doses and increase gradually, and/or divide the daily dose into smaller portions. Dividing the dose helps absorption and minimizes side effects.

Daily supplementation with a combination of borage oil, flax seed oil, and fish oil is the best way to make sure you get what you need.

Your body needs omegas just like it needs other essential vitamins and minerals. The average person does get some omegas through diet – but not enough to meet recommended daily amounts.

  • GLA (500mg daily): This amount is found in 2 grams of borage oil or 4 grams of evening primrose oil.
  • ALA (500-1000mg daily): This amount is found in 1-2 grams of flax oil.
  • EPA/DHA (400 mg daily for both combined): This is found in 2 grams of fish oil daily.

A practical solution is to look for a blended oil product that combines a balance of these essential fats in one convenient capsule. People with specific disease conditions should follow the recommended dose for the individual fatty acids for a therapeutic effect.

You need to make sure you’re getting enough of the fatty acids EPA and DHA

Although the ALA in flax seed oil offers numerous benefits on its own, many of the beneficial effects of ALA in flaxseed oil are due to its metabolic conversion to EPA. However, some studies show that, even under ideal conditions, only 20% of the ALA ingested will be converted to EPA. This percentage can be much smaller in many individuals – many factors may impair the conversion of ALA to EPA, including excessively high consumption of LA and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, sugar and alcohol consumption, stress, vitamin deficiencies, and high levels of saturated fat and trans-fatty acids in the diet. Some disease states, such as diabetes and eczema, are also associated with impairment of the enzyme needed to convert ALA to EPA.

Supplementation with fish oils that are rich in EPA and DHA is necessary to ensure you are receiving adequate amounts of these nutritionally important fatty acids. Overall, it’s a beneficial to supplement with fish oil, in addition to flax oil, to meet your omega needs.

Cold pressing is a mechanical oil extraction method that crushes the seed to release the nutritional oil. Cold pressing is also known as expeller pressing. This gentle process does not involve the application of external heat. It enhances stability and helps preserve the nutritional components of the oil.