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Frequently Asked Questions

Omega-3s, short for omega-3 fatty acids, is a family of essential fatty acids that play important roles in the human body. Since EPA and DHA are not made efficiently by the body, it is recommended that these be consumed at higher levels in the diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), meaning that they have several double bonds in the chemical structure. Omega-3s include alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and the less known docosapentaenoic acid (DPA). ALA mainly is found in plants, while DHA and EPA are mainly found in animal foods and algae

EPA is associated with a positive effect on emotional balance. Just fifteen percent of ALA turns into EPA, and even a smaller amount is eventually converted to DHA. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 in the brain. It is a major component of the neuronal membrane and plays an important role in normal brain structure. Both EPA and DHA are precursors for pro-resolving mediator that biosynthesized to resolvins, protectins, and maresins which are named for their role in resolving the inflammatory response.

Omega-3 fatty acids play critical roles in the human body, and are abundant in brain and retina. They act as components of the phospholipid structures of cell membrane, play a role in signal transduction and serve as an energy source. Omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolites regulate various functions in the body including cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, inflammation and endocrine system.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) lacks the nutritional value that is necessary for living a healthy lifestyle. The human body needs fatty acids found in both omega-3 and omega-6, but it is important that they be consumed in a healthy ratio. The SAD has an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids, found in poultry, eggs and vegetable oils, and an insufficient amount of omega-3 fatty acids. High omega-6 and low omega-3 consumption can tip a healthy body system out of balance and allow low levels of inflammation to occur. The body needs a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 to support the resolution phase of the inflammation process.

Omega-3s play critical roles in the human body and are abundant in the brain and retina. These essential fatty acids and their metabolites regulate a number of body systems including cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, nervous, and endocrine systems. Omega-3s are components of the phospholipid structures of the cell membrane and are important for cell membrane structure stability and fluidity. Phospholipids are also a good source of energy and play a role in cell signaling. In short, like oil for any machine, omega-3s help the body operate smoothly.

Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for optimal function of the human body, and they may also provide numerous powerful health benefits. Scientific evidence from several clinical intervention studies has shown that adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with several beneficial health outcomes. An emerging number of clinical studies have investigated the actions of EPA, DPA and DHA individually rather than together. It is now possible to tailor different blends of individual omega-3s, mainly EPA and DHA, according to the health benefits we are seeking to achieve.

Standard Process offer a range of targeted formulations of EPA and DHA for a variety of health benefits. Foundational forms of omega-3 supplementation include Calamari Omega-3 Liquid, Tuna Omega-3 Oil & Tuna Omega-3 Chewable, and Cod Liver Oil, which each help to bridge the gap of omega-3 intake and support general health. Our three Olprima products -- Olprima EPA, Olprima DHA, and Olprima EPA|DHA -- are concentrated omega-3 oils, which can provide condition specific support and can be used by patients for a duration as directed by their health care practitioner.

Our Olprima products are concentrated omega-3 oils. They offer various concentrations of the omega-3 oils with an emphasis on purified EPA, DHA or a combination of EPA and DHA. The intent is to offer a concentrated therapeutic dose of targeted omega-3s. All Olprima products join our current omega-3 products in being gluten-free, sustainably-sourced and pure.

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