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More benefits of taking Omega 3s are likely, but just this list of 3 should be enough to convince anyone that Omega 3 supplements are worth taking.
It doesn't matter when you start taking Omega-3 supplements, the benefits still accrue. However, the best age to start taking them is as children 4 years or older. If started young, the damage done by low circulating omega-3s may never occur.
If you're older, you should absolutely start taking Omega-3s. It's our recommendation that you educate yourself on the dosage requirements needed to achieve optimal circulating Omega-3s in your bloodstream. On average, it takes 3 months of daily supplements to achieve healthier levels of Omega-3s.
The other critical factor in determining which Omega-3 to take is the DHA/EPA balance in the Omega-3 supplement. Pure One™ is an Optimized Omega-3 supplement balanced in DHA/EPA concentrations. We can offer these balanced levels because our product is made from microalgae and not fish oil. We have control of the levels and type of oil used in our product. For more information on what oils we use and how they affect your DHA/EPA levels see our article on Omega-3 Microalgae Oil is Safe.
Clinical studies indicate beneficial effects of DHA-rich oil for cardiovascular risk prevention in healthy men and women, producing significant decreases in plasma triglyceride levels.* Results were essential. Microalgae oil performed the same as fish oil for clinical omega-3 effects, bioavailability and safety profiles. In direct studies, algae oil cardio-protective effects were similar to fish oil. Furthermore, DHA-rich oil supplementation increased DHA levels in lactating women, in breast milk and in nursing infants. DHA is particularly important for fetus development, pregnancy outcomes, cognitive development and maintenance, learning and memory, visual function, the immune system, and more.
Epidemiologic studies indicate populations that habitually consume high amounts of EPA/DHA fatty acids also have lower incidences of breast, prostate and colon cancers than those that consume less of these fatty acids in their diets. Many of the mechanisms that are thought to slow or prevent the growth of cancers may also slow or prevent the growth of residual metastatic cancer cells as well. Therefore, increasing the consumption of EPA/DHA from food or supplementation can naturally augment cancer therapy. However, clinical research is not complete in humans. The results of animal studies have demonstrated that the consumption of EPA/DHA can slow the growth of cancer xenografts, increase the efficacy of chemotherapy, and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Mechanisms that may be involved include the suppression of cyclooxygenase 2 expression in tumors, decreased AP-1 and ras oncogene levels, decreased NF-kB activation and bcl-2 expression. Suppressing these could reduce proliferation and angiogenesis and increase apoptosis.
DHA supplements may indirectly help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes through modulation of lipid metabolism. These effects are likely mediated through transcription factors by decreasing inflammatory NF-kB activity and increasing pro-metabolic PPAR activities . Weight reduction by restriction of total calories, increasing physical activity, and deriving total intake of fats from healthy sources is always advisable. Nutritional causes seem to be the main culprit in this wide-spread epidemic. Nutritional therapy appears to be the main option for treatment. Again, omega-3s may be significant co-therapeutic treatments for lowering triglyceride levels in pre-diabetic and Type 2 diabetic patients. However, omega-3 supplements may not directly affect glucose homeostasis, yet these essential fatty acids are thought to be protective against lipid oxidative stress in diabetic patients. More research is needed on the topic to know more.
The results reflect well for algae-derived DHA marketers, such as the manufacturer of th life'sDHA brand used in the trials, Martek Biosciences. In other areas, such as omega-3 for cognitive development - and in particular its use in infant formulas - fish oil suppliers have played up the DHA + EPA content of their ingredients on the grounds that it is closer to the lipid profile found in the human brain and breast milk. This is not factual. The new microalgae oil strain used to make PURE ONE is factually and scientifically optimal for the way the body uses omega-3s. 90% of the Omega-3 in kids and adults is DHA. You should consider a product that reflects this accurately.
Schwellenbach, Lisa J. "The Triglyceride-Lowering Effects of a Modest Dose of Docosahexaenoic Acid Alone Versus in Combination with Low Dose Eicosapentaenoic Acid in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease and Elevated Triglycerides." Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 6, 480-485 (2006).
Also check outMicroalgal docosahexaenoic acid decreases plasma triacylglycerol in normolipidaemic vegetarians: a randomised trial.
British Journal of Nutrition. 95(4):779-786, April 2006.