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The Ultimate Guide to Omega-3
The word “fat” usually depicts a negative connotation, but Omega-3 fats are anything but negative. They are healthy fats that deliver many health benefits. In this Ultimate Guide to Omega-3, you’ll learn more about the types of omega-3 fats, and how to choose the right omega-3 supplement that’s right for you.
Why We All Need Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are so-called because they are essential for good health and the body cannot make them itself, meaning that we must obtain them through the diet or supplements. EFAs, which include omega-3 and omega-6, are vital for all stages of life, beginning with fetal brain development all the way through to preserving cognitive function in older adults. These essential nutrients support overall health through a wide array of benefits and are required for the proper function of the heart, nervous system, vision, cell membranes, skin, and brain, as well as for energy metabolism, hormone production, and joint health.
Getting to Know Your Omegas
The typical North American diet tends to be higher in omega-6 EFAs from meat and vegetable oils, but low in omega-3 EFAs. This creates an unhealthy imbalanced omega-3/-6 fatty acid ratio in the body. Imbalances can be corrected by consuming more omega-3 in the form of EPA and DHA found in cold-water fish, such as salmon and herring, as well as in algal oil, or the short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) from flax and chia seeds, which the body converts into limited amounts of EPA and DHA.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 in supplements are easily damaged by light, heat and exposure to oxygen in the air. Omega-3 in foods such as seeds and oils can also be damaged by excess heat, air, and light exposure. This means that it is best to get these EFAs from fresh foods and oils, rather than processed foods or oils used for cooking.
Everyone Benefits from Omega-3
Omega-3 EFAs Support:
- Brain function, memory, and cognitive health 
- Cardiovascular health [2, 3]
- Reduced serum triglycerides/triacylglycerols [4, 5]
- Joint pain management 
- The development of the brain, eyes, and nerves in children up to 12 years of age [7, 8]
- Mental and emotional well-being 
- Relief from symptoms of PMS and dysmenorrhea 
- Overall good health
Cold-water fish and microalgae are especially rich in the long-chain omega-3s docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Great sources of omega-3 include salmon, anchovies, sardines, and mackerel. Many plant sources, such as walnuts, flaxseeds and flax oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds/oil, hemp seeds/oil and certain sea vegetables, contain omega-3 in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which the body can then convert into EPA and limited amounts of DHA.
What are EPA and DHA?
EPA and DHA are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are essential fatty acids that the body needs for optimal health. They help regulate triglycerides and blood pressure, keep brain and nerve cells healthy for memory and learning support, and help relieve symptoms of arthritis as well as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and dysmenorrhea.
Eicosapentanoic Acid (EPA)
EPA works on its own and in conjunction with DHA to support overall health. It can be obtained in a balanced ratio with DHA through dietary sources such as cold-water fish, fish oil supplements and algal oil.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
DHA is a key component of cell membranes in the brain and retina, where it is responsible for helping cell membranes control what goes in and out of cells and how they respond to chemical and electrical signals.
Support Heart Health and
Normal Growth and Development
Support Cognitive Health
and Brain Function
Relieve Symptoms of PMS
Lessen Symptoms of
and Other Joint Condition
Support Healthy Vision
If you want the omega-3 benefits of fish without eating fish, or find it challenging to meet the recommended intake through a plant-based diet alone, Webber Naturals offers a range of quality and sustainable omega-3 supplements to complement a healthy diet.
Make Sure Your Omega-3 is IVO Certified!
Third-party certification by International Verified Omega-3 (IVO) guarantee that the fish oils used are of the highest quality, in addition to being sustainably harvested.
IVO is a marine oil testing and certification program that adheres to the world’s highest standards for purity and potency verification. To obtain the IVO seal, products must pass a comprehensive set of quality checks including tests for as many as 400 potential contaminants.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) include omega-3 and omega-6. We tend to have plenty of omega-6 in our diet, but are often lacking vital omega-3 EFAs such as EPA and DHA. These are essential for cardiovascular and cognitive health, normal inflammatory responses, and the development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, brain, and vision.
The body can convert some shorter chain omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as those found in nuts and seeds, to EPA and DHA, but this conversion is minimal. To maintain great health, whatever your age, make sure to have a good dietary intake of omega-3, topped up with quality supplements where necessary.
Why Clear Enteric Softgels?
Omega-3 clear enteric softgels from Webber Naturals offer quality, environmentally sustainable sources of EFAs to accommodate all dietary needs.
The Difference is Clear.
The difference is that, with Webber Naturals clear enteric softgels, there is no fishy aftertaste!
What Does “Clear Enteric” Mean?
Our omega-3 clear enteric softgels build natural enteric ingredients right into the softgels themselves, rather than spraying a coating on the outside. This design allows them to pass through the stomach and into the lower gastrointestinal tract unharmed, without the risk of flaking, peeling, or cracking that sometimes causes external enteric coatings to fail.
This clear enteric formulation guarantees Webber Naturals fish oils to be burp free.
As we like to say, the difference is clear. With the variety of omega-3 potencies and ingredient options available, it’s important to understand which supplements are best for your specific needs.
|Clear Enteric Softgels||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|No Fishy Aftertaste||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Sustainably Harvested (IVO certified)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Natural Source of Astaxanthin||✓||✓|
|Recommended Number of Softgels Daily||3||1-2||1||1||4||3|
|EPA per Softgel||180 mg||420 mg||600 mg||70 mg||90 mg||180 mg|
|DHA per Softgel||120 mg||280 mg||300 mg||45 mg||110 mg||120 mg|
|ALA per Softgel||200 mg|
|GLA per Softgel||80 mg|
|OA per Softgel||108 mg|
Crystal Clean from the Sea®
With Crystal Clean from the Sea, Webber Naturals blends the freshest, highest-quality omega-3 with absolutely delicious, natural, non-GMO flavours, and no fishy aftertaste or odour. Naturally sweetened with low-calorie monk fruit, each teaspoon provides 750 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA, offering convenient support for cardiovascular and cognitive health in children and adults.
Available in three unique flavours – Lemon Cake, Coconut Lime, and Grapefruit! These great-tasting liquid fish oils are easy to administer and ideal for adults who want an alternative to capsules, as well as for flexible dosing for the whole family.
Crystal Clean from the Sea provides omega-3 EPA and DHA in the triglyceride form for higher bioavailability . This fish oil is certified by International Verified Omega-3™ (IVO™) and International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS®) and is sourced from anchovy, sardine and mackerel.
The Crystal Clean from the Sea range also includes Omega-3 with Vitamin D3 for all the benefits of omega-3 as well as support for bones and joints. Available in naturally sweetened, non-GMO, Lemon Cake flavour and providing 1000 IU of vitamin D3 in every teaspoon.
If you’re looking to reduce your serum triglycerides/triacylglycerols, want relief from joint pain and swelling, or want a natural way to maintain and support cardiovascular and cognitive health, Crystal Clean from the Sea can help. Or, use Crystal Clean from the Sea to help support your child’s visual and cognitive development, focus, and learning potential!
Crystal Clean from the Sea – take by the teaspoon or add to smoothies!
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