One of the things I really don’t eat enough of is fish. The reasons for this are numerous – I don’t trust the supermarket fish, I’ve heard too many horror stories about mercury levels and over-fishing, I’m not too confident on how to cook it without poisoning myself and I hate stinking out the whole house!
That being said I know there are some many health benefits to fish, especially when it comes to fish oils.
The benefits of Fish Oils
Fish oils come from fatty or oily fish, specifically the tissue of fish such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon. Oily fish contain up to 30% oil, whereas white fish only contain high concentrations of oil in the liver and have much less oil. Apart from omega-3 fatty acids, oily fish are also good sources of vitamins A and D.
Fish oils are of great interest to nutritionists and health care professionals because of two main ingredients: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – both types of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an Omega-3 fatty acid that is found in fatty fish. EPA is a precursor to prostaglandin-3, a platelet aggregation inhibitor, thromboxane-2 and leukotriene-5. Fish do not produce EPA, they obtain it from the algae they eat. Research has shown EPA to be responsible for moment-to-moment cell function.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a main component of the human retina (in the eye), sperm, and cerebral cortex (in the brain). 40% of all the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain consist of DHA. DHA makes up 60% of the PUFAs in the retina. Half of the neuron’s plasma membrane weight is composed of DHA. Breast milk is rich in DHA. DHA is very important during pregnancy and Infancy, Mumomega and eyeqBaby products are rich in DHA, and specifically formulated for this life stage.
Unfortunately most people fail to consume sufficient amounts of omega-3 fats and this deficiency can cause or contribute to serious mental and physical health problems. The health benefits of Fish Oils have been well documented and I’ve listed 10 below…
The health benefits of Fish Oil
Helping decrease the symptoms of post-partum depression.
Protecting people from age-related vision loss.
Benefiting the foetus. When a pregnant mother consumes omega-3 oils during the last three months of pregnancy, her baby’s sensory, cognitive and motor development were improved.
Protecting the heart from mental stress. A study revealed that people who took fish oil supplements for over a month experienced less mental stress in measurements of cardiovascular health than those who did not.
Reducing the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients, particularly those who no longer respond to medication.
Improving heart health. Studies have also shown that omega-3 fats are anti-arrhythmic (preventing or counteracting cardiac arrhythmia), anti-thrombotic (prevents thrombosis or a blood clot within a blood vessel), anti-atherosclerotic (preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries), and anti-inflammatory (counteracting inflammation – the heat, pain, swelling, etc). An Italian study of 11,324 heart attack survivors found that patients supplementing with fish oils markedly reduced their risk of another heart attack, stroke, or death.
Normalizing and regulating cholesterol triglyceride levels. Compared to a statin, both fish oil and krill oil are more efficient in doing this.
Saving the lives of children with short bowel syndrome (SBS). SBS can occur from birth (when a portion of the intestine fails to develop) or due to an infectious inflammatory disease striking premature newborns. In adults, it can be caused by surgery for Crohn’s disease or injury.
Improving brain health. EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation. Working memory can improve in healthy young adults if they increase their Omega-3 fatty acid EPA intake.
Helping young people with behavioural problems. This is especially true for those with with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a pattern of ongoing, long-standing (“chronic”) behaviour disorders that have three core symptoms: hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Research has found that children with ADHD and related behaviour or learning disabilities, are more likely to have low omega-3 fat levels. A study published in Plos One in June 2013 linked low levels of DHA with poorer reading, and memory and behavioural problems in healthy school-age children. In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2013, children who consumed an omega-3 fat supplement as infants scored higher on rule learning, vocabulary, and intelligent testing at ages 3 to 5.
As you can see from the benefits listed above, Fish oil or Omega 3 supplements can be a great addition to your health and that of your family. From pregnancy through to later life, omega-3 fats DHA and EPA have a radically important role in brain health and other functions for children.
Equazen eye q is a unique formulation of premium omega-3 fish oil and omega-6 evening primrose oil. Their products are available in a variety of flavours as capsules, strawberry –flavoured chews or citrus-flavoured liquid. Equazen eye q is suitable for all ages as a high EPA formulation but taking age specific developments into consideration, there is also a DHA rich formula, eye q baby, in a twist-off capsule suitable for those aged 6 months to 2 years. Eye q capsules come in pots of 60, 180 capsules (500mg) with a unique formulation of premium omega-3 fish oil and omega-6 evening primrose oil and are suitable for children aged five years to adult. All the products contain high EPA levels and are tried and tested in published independent studies, to improve concentration and behaviour.
Ingredients in eyeq capsules
- Hi-EPA fish oil, which contains Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Evening Primrose Oil (omega-6) in a reconstituted triglyceride form to ensure optimum absorption and utilization of these omegas.
- Natural Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopherol, from IP soya)
- Capsule shell (gelatine, glycerol, purified water) Internationally Halal and Kosher certified
Eyeq capsules boast one of the highest qualities of ingredients and are produced to stringent EU and World Health Organisation guidelines. The unique eyeq formulation has been used in 12 independent, published trials, and the manufacturers are expecting publication of a trial in mainstream children late this year which you will be able to read here: www.eyeqsa.co.za/clinical-evidence/. Eyeq products contain no Casein, Gluten, Aspartame, Saccharine, Artificial flavours or colours. For more about the eyeq products visit their website at www.eyeqsa.co.za/faq/