The Data Behind Optimal EFA
Most essential fatty acid products on the market contain fish oils, even though fish get their EFAs from the algae they eat. Using fish oils forces the manufacturer to highly process the oils thus making them more unstable. This can produce an unstable molecule that creates trans-fats that actually cause disease. We skip the “middle fish” and go straight to the source, ensuring purity, safety, and absorbability. Optimal E.F.A. contains the only algae-based source of EPA with phospholipids and glycolipids for higher bioavailability than any other plant or animal-based EFAs. This translates into better results for you.
Over time, your body absorbs more EPA and DHA found in Optimal EFA's algae-based formulas than omega-3s from krill and fish.
Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D. stated, “Estimates have been given that approximately 80% of Americans consume a diet deficient in essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids play an important role in producing hormones, cell membrane function, regulating pain, inflammation and swelling, dilating or constricting blood vessels, mediating our immune response, regulating smooth muscle responses, preventing blood clots, regulating blood pressure and nerve transmission, regulating cholesterol levels, and much, much more. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids can lead to many health problems for men and women and some that are particular to women.”
The reason? ALL hormones are made from essential fatty acids (EFAs). The catch: the human body doesn’t produce its own EFAs, meaning you have to get them from what you eat.
Signs of an EFA Deficiency in Women
PMS is actually a sign you need more EFAs in your diet. All that pain and discomfort you experience once a month isn’t the way life just is. It’s your body telling you it needs something, specifically EFAs.
Those food cravings are another sign. Your body is trying to get you to take in the missing nutrients, but women typically (and perhaps unwittingly) splurge on refined carbs, like milk chocolate or ice cream, which only exacerbate the problem.
Excessive and incorrect prostaglandin (PG) synthesis has been implicated in the pathogenesis of PMS, and a deficiency of PGE1 at the central nervous system has been proposed to be involved in PMS.
Adequate intake can be very effective in the prevention and treatment of menstrual cramps, along with unhealthy carb cravings.
EFAs also play a role in mood. That hormonal roller coaster is yet another sign, another way your body is telling you it needs nutritional help. In several studies, evening primrose oil, high in GLA, has reduced symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including depression and irritability. Researchers believe that a deficiency of GLA causes an abnormal sensitivity to the hormone prolactin, which leads to symptoms of PMS. There are also reports that GLA may be an effective treatment for fibrocystic breasts.
Signs of an EFA Deficiency in Men
For men, it’s a bit different. EFAs play a critical role in avoiding developing diabetes, promoting heart and brain health, and overall cardiovascular health.
Over 50 years later, heart disease is an even bigger issue than before. Granted, surgical treatments and a select few medications have made treatment more effective, but where are we in terms of heart disease prevention? Not very far.
EFAs and Your Heart
EFAs also play huge roles in muscle growth and maintain healthy levels of body fat. This translates into optimal health for that ever-beating muscle in your chest: your heart.
You need only several grams per day to maintain optimal EFA levels and heart health. Those same few grams are also involved in energy production, hormone production, oxygen transfer, hemoglobin production, cell membrane components, recovery from fatigue, and much more. Between the human body not being able to produce its own EFAs and the dramatic changes in the typical American diet, the population has developed a severe EFA deficiency, causing a rise in health issues, including heart disease.
Degenerative diseases that involves fats prematurely kill over two-thirds people living in affluent, industrialized nations. 68% of people die just from three of those conditions: cardiovascular disease (43.8%), cancer (22.4%), and diabetes (1.8%). “These deaths are the result of eating habits based on ignorance and misconception,” states Udo Erasmus, author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill.
Studies show that a diet rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) can help protect against heart disease. These omega-3s have been show to reduce high blood lipids and blood pressure, and decrease blood clotting. Meta analysis of over 70 research studies show that both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids can help with blood pressure.
EFAs are found in quite a few food sources, most notably fish. Other sources include hemp, flax, walnuts, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, and more. The challenge with most of the aforementioned sources is that it’s hard to hit your daily EFA goals without racking up the calorie count. This is often why people supplement; however, there’s a problem there, too.
Fish oil is the industry favorite source of EFAs. The problem is fish are often contaminated with mercury and environmental chemicals. This means the EFAs have to be processed over and over to get rid of the mercury, which destroys the end product.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are very sensitive; light, heat, and oxygen can destroy them. Both can be avoided by keeping them in dark bottles in the refrigerator. The main problem with most EFA products on the market today is the inability of keeping them fresh because of their exposure to oxygen. Oxygen easily permeates traditional capsules and, EFAs as liquids in bottles, are exposed to oxygen every time the lid comes off.
The Richest, Safest Source
Optimal E.F.A. is a unique blend of stabilized oils from plant sources only, making this a choice essential fatty acid source for vegetarians and for those who want to avoid any level of PCBs and other toxins found in supplements made from fish oils. We source our ALA from flax seed oil, the richest source of LNA, DHA from algae, the only vegetable-based DHA source, and GLA from borage oil, the richest source of GLA. This completely removes the risk of mercury and other contaminants.
OHS has teamed with one of the leading capsule manufacturers to encapsulate a complete blend of EFAs in a capsule utilizing a patented sealing process which virtually eliminates the end product’s exposure to oxygen. Traditionally DHA oil is obtained from fish. Unfortunately, there is no body of water that is free from the ravages of pollution. Fish contain high levels of toxic materials. Our DHA oil is derived from micro-algae grown in controlled vats, thereby yielding contaminate free DHA.
The body needs essential fats for essential heart health. Utilizing the same source of EFA’s as the fish get (algae), you are ensured to have heart healthy benefits without compromise.