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Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) for Your Health

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are nutritional elements, which our bodies cannot produce. They are as vital to us as vitamins and we need to ingest them from food sources. There are two main types of essential fatty acids:

What do they do?

They are needed as building blocks for key body structures, including cell membranes.

Omega 3 is responsible for cell health and cell regeneration. As every part of us consists of cells, each with its own membrane, an Omega 3 deficiency affects every part of us blood, bones, organs, tissue, skin and hair. Many medical professionals believe that this has lead to the increase of what are known as Western Degenerative Diseases.

These include coronary heart disease, strokes, adult onset diabetes, allergies, behavioural disorders, high blood pressure and inflammatory ailments such as arthritis. (In fact, any ailment ending in itis refers to a type of inflammatory condition.) Mental health issues including depression and Alzheimers have also been linked to Omega 3 deficiency.

There is a direct correlation between the rapid increase of so called Western degenerative diseases and the absence of Omega 3 from our diets. If we look at the diets of the Japanese or Mediterranean countries such as Crete, it is clear that a diet rich in Omega 3 seems to significantly reduce the incidence of deaths from these diseases.

So why are we not getting enough Omega 3 any more?

We are eating more processed foods that ever before and this has meant a shift in the way our foods are processed. Most products and animal foodstuffs are stripped of their Omega 3 content, as they become rancid too quickly to allow a decent shelf life.

Processes used often mean that Omega 6 is present in foods, whilst Omega 3 is not. Most people in Europe and the USA have serious Omega 6 / 3 imbalances. In clinical tests*, an imbalance of up to 20 to 1 was regularly recorded (a healthy balance would be 4:1). In many cases, Omega 3 levels dont even register in people tested for EFA levels.

*Source: The Omega Plan by Dr. Artemis Simopoulos

Vegetable oils are dominant in Omega-6 fatty acids, but most are completely devoid of complementary Omega-3 fatty acids. The processing of oils derived from corn, peanut, safflower and sunflower created an extremely concentrated source of Omega-6, at the expense of Omega-3.

Modern methods of animal farming were developed to purposely fatten livestock for slaughter. The protocol to date involves pen-feeding livestock with carbohydrate rich grains teeming with Omega-6, yet devoid of Omega-3. As a result, the tissues of domestic livestock contain considerably more Omega-6, at the expense of Omega-3, compared to livestock raised as range-free and wild game.

There are natural food stuffs, which give us Omega 3 these are:

  • oily fish,
  • green leafy vegetables and
  • certain nuts and seeds

To consume enough of these elements and get on with a hectic life is virtually impossible for most people. Fortunately there is a solution.

What are essential fatty acids?

In nutrition science, essential fatty acid is defined as one of two fatty acids (n-6 and n-3) that are 'essential' to the body, which means that:

The body cannot make them;

  • It must have them for health to be possible; and
  • The body must therefore obtain 'essential' fatty acids from foods or supplements.

In addition to the 2 EFAs, 20 minerals, 13 vitamins, and 8 amino acids from proteins are also 'essential' for health by the above definition.

Essential fatty acids have a profound impact on various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, psoriasis and eczema, brain and nerve function, cancer, women's health and other miscellaneous conditions. Neurological disturbances, in which fatty acids may help include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysphasia, ADHD, Tourette´s syndrome, autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, dementia

Signs and symptoms of EFA deficiency

  1. Skin problems: dry, eczema, dandruff, poor wound healing, sweating, loss of pigment, weak blood vessels/bruising, rough skin on upper arms and thighs. Cold peripheries.
  2. Organs/glands: kidneys enlarge, kidney failure, blood in the urine, fatty liver degeneration, wasting of salivary and tear glands, pancreas shrinks, subfertility.
  3. High cholesterol and impaired glucose metabolism.
  4. Obesity.
  5. Hormone imbalances and PMS. Cystic breast disease.
  6. Allergies (atopic eczema, asthma)
  7. Learning disabilities, ADHD, Depression , Autism, and Behavioural disturbances. Higher risk for psychotic illnesses.

The Rationale of Supplementation with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

The reason for the additional supplementation with EFAs (rather than rely on intake from food alone) is based on our own metabolism's ability to convert, synthesise and process our intake of essential fatty acids.

In many individuals the enzymes are inhibited in some way, and the pathways blocked. For example:

  • Heavy consumption of processed cooking oils and margarines can interfere with the role of delta-6-desaturase, which produces gammalinolenic acid (GLA) in our bodies.
  • In certain groups of people, some constitutional malfunctioning in the functioning of Delta-5-desaturase, inhibits their ability to synthesise important fatty acids such as EPA.
  • Persons with cancer, allergies (atopic eczema, asthma), zinc deficiency (elderly individuals), alcohol consumption, autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren´s syndrome, colitis ulcerosa etc) are just a few examples.

More...Types of EFAs

Oily fish such as Salmon, Sild, Pilchards, Herring, Sardines and Anchovies are a rich source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. The FSA suggests eating no more than one portion per week as it may contain harmful dioxins. Eating one portion per week, in addition to taking a high quality fish oil supplement may reduce this risk, while increasing intake of Omega 3 (EPA & DHA).
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Fish Oil rich in EPA Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Omax3™ is The Ultra-Pure Omega-3 Supplement™, specially developed by physicians and scientists from the Yale University School of Medicine to provide you with an ultra- pure and optimally balanced Omega-3 supplement for your health.

One 825mg Omax3 Capsule Provides:

  • 750mg of Omega 3:
    • 562mg of Pure EPA Omega 3
    • 137mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

Omax3™ delivers greater than 91% Omega-3s per softgel, setting the new standard for Omega-3 supplements (most supplements are only 30-60% pure). Based on the latest scientific research, Omax3™ is a comprehensive Omega-3 supplement formulated to maximize benefits for cardiac health, mood and cognition, as well as joint, skin and immune support.


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MorEPA - Mini Capsules - Rich in EPA with Evening Primrose Oil
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil.

One 438 mg capsule contains:

  • 238 mg of pure EPA Omega 3
  • 42 mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

MorEPA Mini also contains 10mg of GLA from Evening Primrose Oil. An ideal choice for children to ensure that they get their daily dose of EPA. For Children Aged 5+
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MorEPA - Smart Fats - Rich in EPA Fatty Acids
is a rich and pure source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil.

One 1,000 mg capsule contains around:

  • 500 mg of pure EPA Omega 3
  • 98 mg of DHA Omega 3
  • Box contains 60 capsules

Pure essential Omega 3 fatty acids responsible for maintaining good cardiovascular health and reducing the incidence of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. For Adults from age 15 and above.
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Fish Oil rich in DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids

MorDHA-Mini IQ (From 6 months up to the age of 5)
Has been developed to support growth, and brain development in children through the crucial first years of life and comes in a tasty strawberry flavour.
Most mums know whats best for their children but the growing amount of scientific research proves how important DHA is to a childs healthy development. From 6 months up to five years old, MorDHA-Mini is probably the most important supplement you can give them.
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MorDHA IQ (For mothers during and after pregnancy)
Taking MorDHA during pregnancy can give your baby the best start in supporting the earliest stages of brain growth and development. It makes sense that getting enough DHA not only helps mum but can greatly affect your unborn babys brain development and performance through the early years.
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Flax Oils rich in ALA Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Plant Sourced Omega 3)

Barlean's High Lignan Flax Oil Complex
provides an important contribution to the immune system, the condition of the heart and blood vessels, a "healthy cholesterol" level, digestion and intestinal function, joint flexibility and sporting performance. High Lignan Flax oil contains the optimum ration of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, is particularly rich in Lignans.
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Barlean's Omega Twin with Flax and Borage Oils
This product combines organic flaxseed oil, the world's richest source of alpha linolenic acid, (LNA) Omega-3 with borage oil, the world's richest source of GLA Omega-6. A special synergism exists between these two important fatty acids which may potentiate their effects. Both LNA and GLA are required in balancing the body's hormonal response to conditions associated with allergy, inflammation, pain and swelling.
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Barlean's Essential Woman - Lasting beauty is a reflection of inner health
Gorgeous skin, beautiful shining hair and strong nails. Barlean's Essential Woman contains organic flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil (GLA), flaxseed particulate, isoflavones and saponins isolated from GM free soy. It is an ideal balanced oil from women with pre-menstrual syndrome, pre, peri, and post menopausal complaints.
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Barlean's Omega Man - Flax Seed Complex blended for Men
OMEGA MAN is for men of all ages who strive for peak performance, optimal heath, vitality and longevity. It can provide a synergy of essential omega fatty acids and plant phytochemicals absent in multivitamins and deficient in todays diet, yet critical for maintaining cellular, sexual and heart health, athletic performance, fat metabolism and lean muscle mass.
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We are the UK's No 1 UK Independent Specialist in Pharmaceutical Grade Omega 3 - We Recommend:

Omax3 with 1500mg of Omega-3s per serving
Barlean's Flax Oils
The Omega Plan
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