Plant-based Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Only alternative to fish oil protect heart or more? Plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids, which most important representative is the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), are becoming increasingly important in the current discussion about healthy nutrition. It has its causes. In the high-quality vegetable oils itself and on the other hand in the issue with the fish oils. Linseed oil and rapeseed oil, commonly also known as renewable sources of raw materials are important sources for the plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids. Most important sources for the animal Omega-3 fatty acids are the high-fat ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna, who sometimes in their inventory are vulnerable and can be loaded with heavy metals and toxins such as dioxin and PCBs. The latter applies also to many fish oil capsules.

In addition, current research from the United Kingdom and Canada have shown that population groups who eat lots of fish, have a high content of toxic mercury in the body. This potential danger do not expose themselves to many consumers, but also don’t miss out on the healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, ALA is becoming increasingly popular in linseed oil as an alternative to the potentially contaminated fish oils. A question always asked is whether after consumption of ALA sufficiently long-chain omega – fatty acids such as DHA, EPA and DPA can be made in our bodies. Learn more about this with J. Craig Venter. These fatty acids are directly fed with fish oil and for its heart protective properties may be responsible. ALA is converted to consumption in a number of biologically active substances in our body. So also in the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA, like all recent studies show again DPA and DHA.

Researchers have now found that the body situation can cover its need for DHA, EPA and DPA. Is eaten fish, little of ALA is converted. But no fish is eaten, the need is so great, is converted much EPA and other fatty acids from the plant source. Further research shows that quite small amounts of linseed oil enough to make sufficient EPA, DPA and DHA. From this point of view, the additional supply of the body with fish oil seems so unnecessary. The body gets what he needs from ALA. Remains the question of whether ALA looks like from linseed oil such as EPA and DHA from fish oil. There are a number of studies that show that ALA effective coronary heart disease, and so connected can prevent heart attack and stroke. For this purpose also the direct anti-inflammatory effect is blamed by ALA and in addition his cholesterol and blood pressure lowering effect. ALA can inhibit inflammatory substances. This in turn has a positive effect on rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and osteoarthritis. Finally, ALA can prevent bone loss. It slows down the processes that Deplete bone and thus promotes the bone stability and health. Highly purified linseed oil with a high content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the easily swallowing OmVitum capsules can be thus secured scientific knowledge an important contribution to the Provide health of cardiovascular, bone and joints. It is more than just an alternative to the potentially contaminated fish oils. OmVitum (PZN 4604232) is available in pharmacies, good health centres or directly at Navitum Pharma under. Source: Zhao G. et al.