Omega-3's are vital for maintaining optimal health.
The health promoting effects of Omega-3 fatty acids are well supported in over 8,000 research studies. Two of the most popular Omega-3’s, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) prevalent in fish oil, are essential for normal growth and development.
In particular fish oil has been shown to support brain function, maintain the heart, support bones, joints and the body’s natural immune defences. Modern "convenience" diets do not provide us with enough Omega-3's.
In fact most research studies estimate we are getting only 40% of the suggested daily intake required to maintain good health. These findings are of particular concern among children, where Omega-3 levels may be as low as 20% of the suggested daily intake.
What are the best sources of Omega-3?
EPA and DHA are only found in significant quantities in marine life, particularly from deep-sea coldwater fish and shell fish. Unfortunately you would need to consume over a kilogram of fish every day inorder to get the recommended intake of EPA and DHA.
How much Omega-3 is good for us?
There are various levels given by government and research groups alike as to the recommended daily intake of Omega-3s to maintain normal health. Comvita believes the table below is a fair representation of your daily EPA and DHA requirements:
Recommended daily intake of EPA+DHA for maintaining health:
Children require 500mg of EPA+DHA per day.
Adults require at least 500mg of EPA+DHA per day.
Adults with pre-existing cardiovascular disease require at least 1000mg of EPA+DHA per day.
Pregnant Women require at least 200mg DHA per day.
Breastfeeding Women: to enrich breast milk for your infant, consume 900mg DHA per day.
Reference: Omega-3 Centre; through the lifecycle www.Omega-3centre.com
It is unlikely you could get these levels from diet alone. This makes Omega-3 one of the first dietary supplements to be endorsed by most major health organisations.