Below are the most frequently asked questions about omega 3 oils and their function in the body and their amazing effect on inflammation.
What is an omega-3?
Also known as PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids), omega-3s are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body.
For this reason, omega-3s must be obtained from food. Omega-3s are typically found in fish and shellfish, but can also be found in some plants and marine life (such as kelp), and in nut oils.
The omega-3s contained in fish are considered to be up to 200 times more powerful in the anti-inflammatory properties than those found in plants.
Omega-3s are known to play a crucial role in brain function as well as growth and development.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish which are rich in fatty acids at least twice a week.
MOXXOR contains the preeminent omega-3 fatty acid of the new zealand Greenshell Mussel in an easy-to-swallow gelcap.
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How do omega-3 fatty acids benefit the body?
Research has shown omega-3s to be critical to joint, respiratory and cardiovascular health, normal cholesterol, HDL and triglyceride levels.
As the scientific evidence mounts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautiously approved the use of the statement, "The scientific evidence about whether omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease is suggestive, but not conclusive."
Omega-3s are known to help women during their menstrual cycle as well as support the brain.
There have been several studies that have shown that individuals who suffer from depression have lower blood levels of omega-3s than normal individuals.
Omega-3s support blood circulation to the body, the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys.
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Is there a deficiency of omega-3 in our diets?
Many scientists and government institutions around the world agree that the average western diet is very high in a group of fatty acids known as omega-6s.
As a result, our cell membranes are unusually rich in precursors associated with inflammatory processes, which can lead to arthritis, asthma, and psoriasis.
Scientific research has concluded that the general public needs to reduce omega-6s and increase omega-3s to improve their health.
It has even been suggested in the scientific literature that government policy should establish guidelines for consumption of these essential fatty acids.
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What is correlation of Omega-3 and inflammation?
The process of inflammation is highly complex and is defined as the body's reaction to physical, chemical or biological injury, which, in a normal healthy individual, results in the localization of the problem and regeneration or repair of the damaged tissue.
The inflammatory process occurs as a natural immune response to infection or injury in a healthy individual.
In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, however, the immune response becomes erratic and unrestrained. As white blood cells begin to target self-tissues, the inflammation becomes acute and out of control.
Autoimmune diseases where the body attacks itself, such as rheumatoid arthritis and the hypersensitive state leading to asthma and anaphylactic shock, are examples of uncontrolled inflammatory responses.
Scientific studies have determined that omega-3s have strong anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting qualities.
Articles reviewing the research in this regard have concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduce tenderness in joints, decrease stiffness, and allow for a reduction in medication for people suffering from arthritis.
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What are the symptoms of inflammation?
Inflammation is characterized by:
Often, only a few of these symptoms are present. Inflammation may also be associated with general "flu-like" symptoms including:
What are the benefits of DHA and EPA and what are the differences between MOXXOR and other raw sources of DHA and EPA?
Perna canaliculus (New Zealand green-lipped mussel) oil extract contains two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids -- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Both DHA and EPA are "essential fatty acids," meaning that they are necessary for good health, but because they are not synthesized in the human body they must be consumed in the diet.
DHA and EPA are not found in any plant or vegetable material, or in any terrestrial animal product.
DHA is a major component of the human brain.
Public awareness of the importance of these two compounds is growing rapidly, especially DHA.
DHA is now known to reduce heart and artery disease, reduce the incidence of cancer, depression and infection.
It has been proven to reduce inflammation and is necessary for the proper development and function of both the brain and the eyes.
Children consuming DHA have been shown to have higher IQ and reduced anti-social behavior. Adequate DHA nutrition is considered very important for both the fetus and for children.
DHA also improves sports performance and endurance.
Experts are divided as to what constitutes adequate nutrition of DHA.
Recommendations for minimum daily consumption range from 250mg/day to 1200mg/day, with 500mg/day being an average recommendation for an adult.
Average daily consumption in the US (and probably in most western countries) is 100mg/day, meaning there is a daily deficit of at least 400mg/day (to achieve minimum consumption).
Because the perna canaliculus oil extract is more bioavailable and concentrated than other alternatives, it is a very cost effective means of delivering concentrated DHA and EPA.
As a result, daily dose requirements are reduced. For example, to obtain sufficient DHA from regular "18:12" soft gel capsules, an adult would have to take at least 5 large capsules each day to meet average daily requirements.
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What causes inflammation and what are its effects?
When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body's white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances.
This release of chemicals increases blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.
The increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones), and swelling of the joint lining.
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Can inflammation affect internal organs?
Yes. Inflammation can affect organs as part of an autoimmune disorder. The types of symptoms depend on which organs are affected. For example:
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