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What to look for with regards omega-3

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

There are a large number of  brands available on shelf and online and people often get confused with what they are actually  getting for their money . A lot of products say on label that they are 1000mg Omega-3  however what is the actual amount of EPA and DHA in each capsule ? How concentrated is the product  It varies widely and can be surprising  for example although it says 1000mg Omega -3 you may only be getting  ie. 150mg EPA and 100 mg DHA per  1000mg capsule . They may also recommend that you take multiple capsules per day .  Most companies detail the amount of EPA and DHA contained in each capsule on the rear of the pack  - We took the decision to make life as simple as possible and clearly show all the relevent information on the front of the box so you can see immediately what is in each capsule – it is also detailed on supplemental info on the rear of the pack .  TakeOmega3 Mind Body Cardio is an 85%  pharmaceutical grade omega 3 concentrate with 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA per capsule and is a one capsule per day dose. We feel this is one of the best omega-3 products available  it takes 8 weeks to produce our oil during which time it is tested regularly throughout the process .It is produced in a facility here in the UK  which is licensed by the MHRA this ensures that the omega-3 has attained the highest standards of purity and compliance.

Where does the oil originate ?  Does it use sustainable fish stocks ? Again this is something that isnt  always obvious – does the company bulk buy  from third parties . To be honest very few companies will advise where their oil is manufactured, we are proud to say that ours is made in the UK . We have a strong ethical code and only use fish from sustainable fish stocks from the purest waters – we do not bulk buy oil from 3rd parties . With regards our Mind Body Cardio formulation the oil used comes from sustainable fish stocks we only use anchovies  sardines and it is a by product – so we are not taking the fish just for the oil. As a company we believe strongly in the principals of  Marine Conservation and adhere to them strictly.

How much omega-3 should you take each day – there have been numerous studies on this topic – what is certain is that the various Health Organisations recommend that you should each 2 portions of oily fish per week – sardines and mackerel are some of the best sources though it is not to everyones taste hence there is a case for supplementation.

The best way to great skin…?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Everyday we are bombarded with the latest quick fix to great skin and how to hold back the aging process – everyone is familiar with the terms botox , superfoods , detox  , cosmetic surgery . We also see advertisments regularly promoting the latest “miracle”skin cream . Yes the results from cosmetic surgery can be fantastic and take years off someone , a lot of us get a thrill when we unwrap the latest luxury skincream. However what is also key is to perhaps change your eating habits and focus on how best you can help yourself – the sad part of all this is the majority of us just want a quick fix solution and leave it all to the doctor or surgeon. One Doctor who has for years been asking us all to rethink our attitude to skincare is Dr Nicholas Perricone the renowned american dermatologist for years he has been promoting the benefits of eating the right types of food. He has been a strong advocate that to achieve great skin its not just about the product you put on your skin but  about what you eat . We seem to be obsessed with low fat / no fat diets however not all fats are bad and some are called essential fats for a very good reason – foods such as oily fish ie salmon , sardines are high in  essential fatty acids  EPA and DHA.  (EPA is the  key anti inflammatory omega 3 ) To help eat your way to a healthy skin you should try to eat oily fish at least twice per week , if that isnt possible then getyour daily fix of omega-3 with a high grade omega 3 product which is high in EPA , takeomega3 has some of the highest concentrations globally with 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA per capsule and delivers your daily dose of omega-3 in one capsule. I would also recommend that anyone who is thinking about undergoing invasive  cosmetic surgery ie liposuction , facelift, tummy tuck etc to start taking omega-3 preferably a couple of months before the procedure not only is it a skin friendly food but it also helps support cardio function.

NASA sings the praises of Omega 3 re osteoporosis and bone density loss

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

When men boldly goes where no men have gone before – these days they tend to do a lot of experiments along the way. The latest experiment which NASA has announced the results of is the key to explaining and preventing bone density loss which occurs in astronauts while in the weightless atmosphere of space and osteoporosis sufferers on earth. Research, which has been ongoing for several decades, has looked at ways to stop this from happening and would solve a major problem stopping humans from deep space exploration and help osteoporosis suffers too.

The key NASA scientists have found, while experimenting both on earth and in space, is Omega 3. Published in the ‘Journal of Bone and Mineral Research,’ their paper explains that in a series of cell based studies they found that by adding specific Omega 3 fatty acids to cells in both typical cell structures and those in a weightless atmosphere inhibits factors which lead to bone density loss. The factor in question is called ‘nuclear factor kappa B” or NFkB, which is involved in immune system and inflammation processes. NASA found that astronauts returning from space had elevated levels of activity within these factors in their blood cells, and that the inflammatory process involved in adapting the body to zero gravity was a major factor in stimulating NFkB. By administering higher levels of Omega 3 supplements into the diets of test subjects on earth, whose bodies were subjected to the same weightless conditions as they would have experienced in space, they found that bone density loss was reduced.

Next, scientists tracked astronaut’s consumption of fish and thereby fish oils while on a long space flight and found that they lost less bone density over the course of a four to six month trip.

“These results are very exciting, and provide initial evidence that nutrition may be a key factor in mitigating bone loss in astronauts.” said Scott Smith, a nutritionist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

This is a very exciting finding, not only for astronauts, but for osteoporosis sufferers worldwide. Omega 3 is a very important ingredient in our health and general wellbeing as well as, it seems, key to our further exploration of the universe.

The main scientific article is available as it appeared in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

What on earth are DHA, EPA and ALA?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Essentially they are all Omega 3 fatty acids. While ‘fat’ and ‘acid’ may not sounds like healthy words, fatty acids are one of the most important health supplements around. These fatty acids are an essential part of everyone’s, even animal’s, nutritional intake, and because we cannot create these naturally in our bodies we must get them from elsewhere. The most common sources are oily fish, plant oils or capsule supplements. These all contain either: DHA, EPA or ALA – types of Omega 3 fatty acids.

But what do DHA, EPA and ALA stand for and what are their specialist subjects?

DHA – Docosahexaenoic Acid – Brain and eyes

DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, are one of the main PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fat)) found in the brain and the eyes. For this reason it is of particular benefit for children and babies whose brains are developing. It is also linked to cognitive decline, as decreased levels of DHA tend to be found in patients suffering from depression. DHA is one the most abundant PUFAs within the brain and basically helps carry things around and helps with the movement of chemicals between the various synapses.

EPA – Eicosapentaenoic Acid – Lowers inflammation

EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid, comes from oily fish, and more accurately the algae consumed by fish. Its main clinical significance is its ability to reduce inflammation. While inflammation is a natural reaction for the body to an exogenous pathogen this can be very painful and cause a number of other health problems. Inflammations conditions include: heart disease, arthritis, PMS, asthma and eczema. It also has been found to benefit people who suffer from mental disorders such as schizophrenia who were found to have lower levels of EPA in their blood.

You can in fact find supplements just made from microalgae as they have great health benefits on their own, although EPA is usually provided in a supplement along with DHA as they both offer similarly great health benefits.

ALA – Alpha-linolenic Acid – Vegetarians Choice

ALA or alpha-linolenic acid are found in plant oils. While ALA does not quite have the same levels of health benefits as DHA or EPA, and it can cause some problems for type 2 diabetes sufferers, ALA is a vegetarian alternative to other Omega 3 fatty acids and can be found in things like flaxseed oil, hulled hemp seeds, rapeseed oil and, probably the most appetizing, walnuts.

So now you know what these acronyms stand for there are no more excuses for not incorporating this supremely important supplement into your diet. Which is your favourite type of fatty acid?

Why Omega 3 is essential for our new Prime Minister

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Our new Prime Minister David Cameron is expecting a baby. Well his wife Samantha is, and having reduced her working hours from her role as creative director of stationery firm Smythson, in order to spend more time with her kids and prepare for giving birth, not to mention supporting her husband in his new job, she clearly cares deeply about the health and well being of herself and her unborn child. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the key ingredients in the diet of mothers and babies before, during and after pregnancy. Doctors recommend a diet high in DHA Omega 3 for all mothers as their body is not only going through one of the biggest physical regimes one can go through, but because their body is the only conduit for nutrition for the baby as it prepares for pregnancy, matures in the womb for 9 months and while breast feeding after being born.

By Samantha Cameron choosing to include Omega 3 fatty acids in her diet, she would receive a number of important health benefits for both her and her child. Here are some of the benefits Samantha could get for herself by taking Omega 3 for the entire course of her pregnancy:

  • Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labour and cesarean
  • Reduced chances of breast cancer
  • Protection from post partum depression
  • Protection from pre-eclampsia
  • Safer delivery

As well as ensuring that her body is prepared and protected while undergoing such a natural yet taxing ordeal. Taking Omega 3 capsules would provide great benefits to her baby at all stages of its early life. These include:

  • Better levels of immunity
  • Chance of a higher IQ
  • Improved memory earlier
  • Enhanced comprehension skills and concentration levels
  • Reduced risk of brain disorders developed in pregnancy such as Autism, Dyslexia etc.
  • Better hand eye coordination skills
  • Better nervous system development
  • Better eye sight
  • Proper brain development
  • Better eye development

As the new first lady on the block, Samantha can be a trend setter for new and expecting mothers around the globe. Having recently won a British Glamour Magazine Award for Best Accessory Designer, she has a platform as a style icon from which she could be a powerful advocate for this important health supplement, not to mention the fact that she now has the ear of one of the most important political figures in the world. Would you be more likely to take it knowing that Samantha does?

Krill Oil passes stringent EU Safety Assessment

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Europe has since 1997 required a very high standard, and notoriously longwinded, procedure of safety assessments before anything produced for human consumption can be deemed fit for sale across all member states. They test the product as well as the source and the production facilities. Sensible precautions one would agree, but over the years the tests have received a lot of criticism from industry innovators for holding back the advancements of new developments. The Novel Food regulations cover any food ingredients not commonly consumed in the EU prior to May 1997. Krill oil produced by Israeli firm Enzymotec is the latest to face and pass these tests.

Krill are a type of plankton commonly eaten by whales and make up the biggest bio mass in the world. Currently we harvest only 1% of their population for human consumption, but with Enzymotec now licensed to farm them we can hope to see more krill oil in products on our shelves and its popularity increasing further.

One of the reasons for the strict tests is that there was concern that krill was not being responsibly farmed, and in turn having a negative effect on the populations of its natural predators. Whole Foods in the US even went as far as removing it from their shelves, saying:

“Fishery management needs to better understand how to evaluate the prey requirements of other marine species in order to set sustainable catch levels for krill.”

Enzymotec have proven through their success in the Novel Foods tests that their krill oil is produced to the highest standards and are responsibly farmed. Their sources are monitored by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR,) which inspect and verify each and every krill catch. Enzymotec last year announced the development of a new 200,000sq foot facility, expanding its production capacity significantly and has meant they can now produce a lower grade but more affordable krill oil to be competitive in global markets alongside their normal standard of product.

Krill oil is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, marine lecithin and astaxanthin (an antioxidant.) Much like other sources of Omega 3, krill oil has many health benefits for mother and child through pregnancy and for cardiovascular health, not to mention cholesterol, premenstrual syndrome and arthritis. The astaxanthin in krill oil is another reason for its popularity. It comes from the algae they eat and gives krill their red colour, bringing with it antioxidants which theoretically can protect brain cells, eyes and the central nervous systems. It has even been mentioned that it may have anti-cancer properties.

Why not try some krill oil today!

What is Omega-3 EPA DHA ?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

What is interesting is that whilst everyone has heard of omega-3 how many people know what EPA or DHA  is ?

Why are these essential fatty acids so important to our health and emotional wellbeing ?  They are known as essential fatty acids  simply because they are “essential “- we cannot live without them . As the body is not able to make omega-3 for itself  you must get them from your diet.

With regards omega-3 if you are vegan / vegetarian the only option is to eat foods that have it in the ALA form  such as flax seed , flax oil , walnuts and green vegetables and these then need to be converted into the key omega 3 forms of EPA and DHA. For the rest of us  the best forms are oily fish such as sardines, mackerel , pilchards , salmon and tuna .With regards meat you can get some omega-3 provided the animals have been fed naturally on fresh grass – then there all the products that have come to market in recent years that have been fortified with omega-3 ie. eggs , milk , yoghurt, bread etc  - You need to look very carefully at the labels to determine just how much omega -3  are in these products.

So it is clear  that the best way to boost your omega-3 levels is to consume oily fish , however people for a number of reasons dont consume  oily fish on a regular basis or even at all . So why is this when more and more we are told of the health benefits such as supporting a healthy pregnancy , child development , mental health , cardio health , supporting healthy immune system. For some people its as simple as they  do not  like oily fish or  they have a preference for convenience food and they dont see  oily fish in that category  , others it is concern especially in pregnancy of  contaminents in the fish especially those further up the food chain ie. tuna . This is why we have seen a rise in the consumption of supplements as most see it as the easiest and most convenient way of  ensuring they consume omega-3  however not all supplements are the same and do you know what to look for when purchasing these either in store or online.

DHA is  most critical during pregnancy and early years , omega-3 and omega-6 (we have more than enough omega-6 in our daily diet so I wont go into that at present what I will say is that at the start of the century the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 was 4 : 1 now we are a level of at least 16:1 ) is required to build a baby’s brain and central nervous system – Up to 50% of your retina is made from DHA so it is clear to understand the importance DHA plays in visual development and retinal health. During pregnancy baby’s use their mothers supply of DHA and this continues post natal especially if the baby is being breast fed, as a result it is really important that mothers ensure that they  consume enough omega-3 – most opt to take supplements that have a higher element of DHA to EPA as there is concern about mercury levels in fish such as tuna , salmon etc. However the way round this is to buy fish from sources that guarantee they are mercury free . Fish at the bottom of the food chain such as sardines are a good alternative . You  should aim to eat  2 portions of oily fish twice per week .

EPA has come to the fore in recent years , more and more research is now being done with regards this omega-3. It is recognised as a key anti inflammatory  and helps support the immune system , it also plays a vital role in Cardio Health as it improves blood flow and research has shown success in the treatment of mental health disorders such as depression. There has also been success with regards improvement in concentration and behaviour in children . We have full details of all the trials and you can contact us via our website  if you require specific information or if you are a medical professional we can provide you with access to the professional area of the site where all this information is held.

So what should you look for if you are going to be buying omega -3 in supplement form ,  it can be confusing . Even though it will say ie 1000mg Omega -3  on the front of the pack just how much EPA and DHA are you getting per capsule ? This will often be shown on the rear of the pack .We took the decision to label our products as clearly as possible so on the front  so the consumer can see each capsule contains 750 mg EPA and 50mg DHA and is an 85% pharmaceutical grade  omega-3 which is a one per day capsule. The majority of products currently on the market do not have anywhere near these levels or either in EPA or DHA or indeed that level of concentration which is amongst the highest on the market  and is the reason why we are so proud of this product which has been manufactured entirely in the UK .

Also where does the fish come from and is it from sustainable sources again we are proud to say that we adhere to the highest possible standards of marine conservation , we only use sustainable fish stocks which come from the purest waters.-Our oil is manufactured entirely in the UK at a site that is only one of two licensed by the MHRA  for the production and sale of omega 3 which underlines the exceptional standards that goes into producing Takeomega3. It was extremely important to us that when we were developing this product that we only used british companies from the design of the packaging and marketing material to the distillation and the encapsulation of the oil .We have used companies from Scotland , England and Wales so it truly is the best of british.

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