Your questions answered by our Scientific Advisor, Dr. Doug Bibus
What are Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are important components of cellular and membrane lipids (the chief structural constituents of living cells) that are essential for life and health. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are two groups of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that cannot be synthesized by the human body and therefore must be ingested in the foods we eat or by supplementing our diets.*
Can’t we get enough Omega-3 from the foods we eat?
Generally, no. Many researchers believe that the majority of Omega-3 food sources have disappeared from the modern diet. The foods that are now considered “mainstream” are often deficient in Omega-3. Even if your diet includes several meals of fish per week, you may not be ingesting sufficient amounts of Omega-3. This is because much of the fish we consume is now farm raised or does not contain significant amounts of Omega-3. Ideally, your diet should supply at least 650 mg of long chain Omega-3 (DHA + EPA) per day, either from food sources or dietary supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in deep, cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. One packet of Coromega provides 650 mg of Omega-3, the amount recommended by the NIH (National Institutes of Health).
What can you tell me about the purity and safety of Coromega? I’ve heard that fish oil can contain mercury and other toxins.
Coromega fish oil is proven to be 5X's more pure than the industry standard.** Coromega is committed to providing safe and pure products for you and your family. The oil used in Coromega comes from small, deep, cold-water fish that are less likely to be contaminated. The oil then undergoes molecular distillation, which removes toxins, heavy metals and PCBs. Coromega is manufactured in our state-of-the-art GMP compliant facility. Sophisticated testing methods assure that the purified fish oil used in the manufacture of Coromega is of the correct composition of fatty acids. Coromega is tested by third party laboratories and certified by NSF and consumerlab.com.
** Current GOED Voluntary Monograph vs. Coromega fish oil purity testing
Are Coromega fish oil products made with the triglyceride form of fish oil?
Yes. Coromega’s fish oil supplements are made with the naturally occurring triglyceride form of fish oil.
Is it true Omega-3 can support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system?
Yes, it can through a variety of ways. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce cardiovascular events, help to maintain arteries elasticity and support healthy triglyceride levels. Omega-3 allows for better circulation of blood by making the red blood cells more elastic and flow more fluidly; thus, helping to maintain overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week for healthy individuals to prevent heart disease and up to 2 to 4 grams of EPA and DHA for patients who wish to lower triglycerides.(http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4632)
Is there any truth to the statement that fish is “brain food”?
Yes. In fact, the most polyunsaturated of the Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) makes up a large portion of the gray matter of the brain and neurons, as well as the retina of the eye. Research in the last few years has revealed that diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids may help promote a healthy emotional balance and positive mood.*