You have probably seen the term "omega 3 ethyl esters" during your search for a good quality supplement. What makes these kinds of supplements different from ordinary products we see on the shelf?
Triglyceride vs. Ethyl Esters
Fish oils naturally contain triglycerides with DHA and EPA. When the fish undergoes purification process through "molecular distillation," the fatty acids become liberated and become the ethyl ester free form.
Some fish oil products synthesize the ethyl ester form back into triglyceride form in hopes of preserving the original oil content and reportedly for better stability to sit for longer periods on the store shelves.
However, other companies, including many pharmaceutical companies, maintain the purified ethyl ester form.
Which of the two is better?
If you do research on these two forms, and get past all of the technical mumbo-jumbo, you will probably agree that:
Both are good...
However the omega 3 acidethyl esterform actually ismore advantageous.
Omega 3 ethyl ester fish oil is bio-available
In order for the body to use fatty acids such as DHA or EPA, they must first be liberated intoethyl ester(EE) form. The ethyl ester (EE) form is what we could think of as the"pre-digested"form of oil that isreadily absorbed by the body.
Detailed studies indicatedthat the ethyl ester(EE) fish oil form may be more bio-available and more readily processed by the cellsand incorporated into cell membranes.
No Fishy Burps
Since this form is easier to assimilate, it is less likely to cause that rancid odor and less likely to give you that fishy burp. Omega 3 ethyl esters (EE) can maintain freshness even longer than triglyceride-based fish oil supplements.
The Ethyl Ester (EE) form is supported by scientific research
Compared to triglyceride form, theEthyl Esterform isbacked by more scientific and clinical research studiesand papers. It is also the form that is often preferred for high doses of DHA and EPA.
In studies, the ethyl ester (EE) form produces similar or better clinical results compared to the triglyceride form. In one study, even at equal concentrations, theethyl esterform showedbetter results in lowering triglyceridesand reducing platelet aggregation. This is not a sweeping and exhaustive study but it does give a good indication that theethyl esters(EE) formis superior.
If you have access to fish oil, which contains omega 3 ethyl esters(EE), then you are maximizingthe potential for you to enjoy all thehealth benefitsthat these fatty acids can provide. Your body will thank you because it will more easily benefit from the goodness of the supplement without having to convert it into the bio-available ethyl ester(EE) form.
The Miracle of Omega 3 for Health
So, why do so many consider omega 3 practically a health miracle?
Let's consider just some of the many conditions and disorders that it may help improve.
Omega 3 Deficiency
Many health experts and researchers believe that omega 3 is the one essential nutrient most missing in our modern day diet. This deficiency is now believed to play a major role in why there is suchrampant heart disease, cancers, and brain disorders.
Not surprisingly, studies have shown that many of these diseases and disordersimprove when omega 3 Ethyl Ester supplementation is used.
Deficiencies in omega 3 fats have been linked to:
Researchers from institutions as prestigious as theHarvard Schoolof Public Health haveshownsome of these conditionswill greatly improvewithincreased omega 3fatty acid intake.
The human body requires a tremendous amount of omega 3 fatty acids to function properly.
Our master organ, the one that controls our entire body, the human brain is comprised of 60% fats. Approximately half of that fat is the omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA, short for docosahexaenoic acid.
Studies show that Memory andfocus can improve with consistent use of fish oil supplements.
"Omega 3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of -- or who have -- cardiovascular disease." American Heart Association
One of the best known and studied benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are for heart health. Until recently, this was the number #1 killer in the Western world (it has recently been surpassed by cancer).
Fish oil supplements, high in omega 3, have been shown tohelpthose withheart disease, and helpprotect those who don't.
How does it do this? Well, for starters, omega 3'scanmake platelets in thebloodless sticky. This preventsthem from clumpingtogether, which can trigger heart attacks.
In addition,omega 3'scanreduce triglycerides. When triglycerides and Cholesterol are high they increase your risk for heart disease.
Research has also shown thatomega 3'scan helpreduceor prevent heart rhythmabnormalities, by making the electrical system of theheart stronger.
Heart disease is also characterized by inflammation. Omega 3'shavepotentanti-inflammatoryproperties.
Arthritis Aches and Pains
A lot of the aches and pains associated with arthritis are due to inflammation. This is why studies have shown that fish oilsupplementation, rich inomega 3's, can helpalleviatethesepainsin those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Crohn's Disease Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
The same is true for Crohn's disease, which is characterized by painful inflammation of the bowels. In one particular year long study, 69% of Crohn's suffererswhoused a fish oilsupplement stayed symptom free.Out of the remaining 31%, 28% were only given a placebo (sugar pill), no fish oil, so it is no wonder they did not show improvement.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers
It's irrefutablenow that for thefetus brainto develop properly, itneedsa great deal of the Omega 3's, DHA and EPA.
If you are a pregnant mother, you should strongly considerusing a high quality Omega 3 fish oilethyl estersoyour fetus's brainhas the best chance ofdeveloping properly. Of course, speak with a doctor or, better yet, a naturopathic doctor first.
If you are a nursing mother, you should also be taking anomega 3ethyl ester because they are an essential fatty acid. Essential means our bodiesneed it butcannot manufacture them on its own. We must get them from our diet.
Theomega 3you obtain in yourdiet is passed along to your babywhen you breastfeed.
Even if you are no longer breastfeeding, you should be careful to take in enoughomega 3fat foryour own health.
If you have young children, adequate levels ofomega 3intake are associated withless attention deficitandhyperactivityandhigher IQ's.
Omega 3's, in fish oil, have also been shown to helpease menstrual cramps.
Psoriasis, Acne, and Other Skin Disorders
One of the primary problems in these conditions is inflammation.Omega 3’santi-inflammatory properties often helpmake them better.
Cancer has now overtaken heart disease as theleading cause of deathin the US. Of course, there are numerous types of cancer. Some exciting recent research is showing thatomega 3' ethyl estersmay helpprevent cancerfrom occurring and also helppreventit fromprogressingif it has already occurred.
DHA and EPA omega 3 ethyl esters mayprotect againstthese types of cancers: breast, prostate, testicular, ovarian.
And The List Goes On
If there's one supplement that most everyoneshould take to fight disease, keep the brain sharp, and to stay in peak health, it should be an omega 3 ethyl ester supplement that is high in DHA and EPA.
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