Global Omega-3 Deficiency and the Importance of Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids are nutritional cornerstones of human health. Two major families of fats are comprised under this designation, omegas 3 and 6. They are deemed 'essential' because we need them for proper health—much like certain vitamins and minerals—but cannot produce them on our own. We must therefore consume these fats through diet or supplementation.
The two main omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) promote a healthy immune response that is behind the relief of many chronic conditions but that is too often inhibited by poor nutrition. Extensive research has documented the health benefits of EPA and DHA which include not only a healthy heart, but brain and cognitive function as well. Current research is exploring the possible benefit of EPA and DHA for joint mobility, eye health, pregnancy and lactation, healthy skin and hair, and a normally functioning immune response. Nordic Naturals continues to support the research and exploration of omega-3 for all possible health benefits.
Despite the great health benefits of omegas, individuals around the world suffer from omega–3 deficiency, a little–known problem to most people, but one that is a significant cause of preventable death among dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors.1 Omega-3 deficiency stems in large part from the growing unavailability of foods rich these nutrients—principally fish—and because of the increasing popularity of the Western diet worldwide.
While most diets prior to the 20th century contained a relative balance of omega-3 and omega-6 rich foods, the typical Western diet today contains far more omega-6. North Americans have among the lowest intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids of among Western societies. Through science and education, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering both increased awareness and quality omega nutrition in order to address this global health concern.
1. Danaei G, et al. The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors. PLoS Med 2009;6(4)
As the leading supplier of omega-3 fish oils worldwide, Nordic Naturals is committed to correcting the global omega-3 deficiency, not only by supplying pure, fresh, safe, and effective omega-3 supplements, but also through research, education, and outreach.
As people better understand how to achieve the proper balance of essential fatty acids, we make progress in reversing this detrimental worldwide trend.
—Joar Opheim, Founder and CEO