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The science behind fish oil supplements

There are not many natural health products with more scientific validation than fish oils, with well over 7000 studies on their safety and efficacy for many health issues.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot manufacture, so we must get them through diet or supplementation. Omega-3 oils are only found in cold-water fish, some seaweeds and algae, and raw nuts and seeds. Unfortunately most people’s diets often lack these particular foods. Supplementation with a natural fish oil formula is ideal to get the health-promoting benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting and platelet aggregation, kidney function and fluid balance, steroid production and hormone synthesis, fertility, conception, nerve transmission, regulating inflammation, pain and swelling, allergic responses, gastrointestinal function and secretions and encouraging the body to fight infection. EFAs also manufacture and repair cell membranes, which allow the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products.

Taking a fish oil supplement every day can help to ensure you are providing your body with the good fats that it needs to perform optimally but it can be confusing to know which one to choose. There are so many fish oil supplements on the market, you want to make the right choice. That’s where Norwegian Gold comes in. What makes Norwegian Gold fish oils different? The first difference is in how they are encapsulated.

Norwegian Gold fish oil capsules are 100% fish gelatin, not pork or beef gelatin. This makes them ideal for fish-eating vegetarians or those with religious dietary restrictions. The capsules are then enteric coated which targets the release of the Omega-3s directly to the intestines. Norwegian Gold fish oils are the ONLY fish oil supplements in Canada that contain the fat digesting enzyme Lipase. The combination of enteric coating ON the capsule and lipase IN the capsule ensure that there is optimal absorption and no fishy aftertaste.

When choosing a fish oil you also want to ensure is that it has undergone 3rd party testing. Norwegian Gold fish oils have received a 5-star rating by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program. Reserved for “ultra-fine, super concentrate fish oils,” the 5-star designation ensures an exceptionally pure, high-potency product. IFOS is an international program developed to provide a worldwide benchmark of compliance with regard to the manufacture of quality and contaminant-free fish oil supplements. It assesses each supplement for key ingredients, oxidation levels, and contamination from chemical compounds including PCBs, dioxin and furan, as well as heavy metals such as mercury.

Norwegian Gold is also Friend of the Sea certified. This is a non-profit, non-governmental, international organization. Friend of the Sea manages the Friend of the Sea system for the certification of products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega is the right choice for individuals with cardiovascular issues or those concerned about optimal heart health. It is also an excellent Omega-3 profile for those who require support for mood balance and seasonal affective disorder due to the 1000 IU of vitamin D in each capsule.

With fish oils being one of the most commonly researched and consumed natural health products in the world, have you taken yours today?

By Caroline Farquhar RHN, EMP, BA

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