The body needs fatty acids to survive and is able to make all but
two of them: linoleic acid (LA), in the omega-6 family, and
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the omega-3 family. These two fatty acids
must be supplied by the diet and are therefore considered essential
fatty acids (EFAs).
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in coldwater fish (and fish oil), perilla
and flaxseed oils, are essential elements of a healthy diet. Omega-3
oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),
which are usually lacking in the typical Western diet, which is filled
with foods containing high amounts of omega-6 fats. EPA and DHA can be
synthesized in the body from ALA, but EPA and DHA synthesis may be
insufficient under certain conditions and for most people that consume
Most Americans and citizens of other Western nations consume far too
many omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and not enough omega-3
polyunsaturated fatty acids. In fact, some Western diets consist of 20
parts of omega-6 to only one part of omega-3. For optimum health, the
ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids should be between 1:1 and 4:1.
Studies associate the Mediterranean diet - rich in omega-3 fatty
acids, monounsaturated fatty acids such as that found in olive oil, and
antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and herbs - with cardiovascular
health and increased life span. Other studies support omega-3's
importance in cardiovascular health.
Life Extension's Super Omega-3 is a premium,
scientifically-validated fish oil concentrate, derived from sustainable
sources, that contains a proprietary, full-spectrum blend of
synergistic nutrients to provide scientifically validated
cardioprotective health benefits.
An abundance of scientific research substantiates the wide-ranging
health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and monounsaturated
fatty acid and polyphenols in olive fruit.
No other commercially available fish oil supplement contains this
level of essential fatty acids, sesame lignans and olive fruit
Super Omega-3 from Life Extension uses a proprietary EPA/DHA
technology that results in a pure, stable and easy-to-tolerate fish oil.
The Pure+ fish oil used in Super Omega-3 is produced with a
proprietary technology that purifies the oil with a highly advanced
distillation process to reduce environmental pollutants to extremely
low levels. The result is an improved fish oil that exceeds the
standards set by international rating agencies.
The unstable nature of fatty acids like fish oil limits their
biological efficacy in the body. Scientific studies show that when
sesame lignans are supplemented with fish oil, the beneficial effects
Sesame lignans help guard against lipid peroxidation, thereby
extending the stability of DHA in the body. These lignans also direct
fatty acids toward pathways which can help with inflammatory reactions.
Super Omega-3 provides standardized sesame lignans to enhance the
overall benefits of the improved EPA/DHA fish oil.
To emulate a Mediterranean diet, Super Omega-3 provides a
standardized olive fruit extract to deliver the polyphenol
hydroxytyrosol, a powerful antioxidant that protects normal LDL from
oxidation and counters free radicals. Research shows that a combination
of olive oil and fish oil supplements helps with inflammation better
than a placebo or fish oil alone. Therefore, four softgels of Super
Omega-3 provide the equivalent polyphenol content of 4 to 6 tablespoons
of extra virgin olive oil.
Super Omega-3 provides a high concentration of olive fruit extract
standardized for hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, verbascoside and oleuropein
polyphenols. Research shows the value of oleuropein in favorably
altering gene expression, delaying senescence in specialized skin
cells, and helping maintain normal platelet activation.
Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA
and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart