Omega-3 fatty acids is a group of essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids that are primarily found in fish, namely oily fish like herring, salmon, and mackerel. The two most important Omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Way back in the late 1970’s two Danish doctors, Bang and Dyerberg, demonstrated why Greenland Eskimos, because of their large consumption of fish and sea mammals, generally had better health than the Danish population*. If you don’t eat fish it may be an advantage to take a supplement of Omega-3 fatty acids to ensure a sufficient intake of these beneficial compounds. In fact, it is ideal if a diet provides the right balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 (a group of fatty acids found in plants). Experts believe it is ideal to ingest Omega-3 and Omega-6 in a 1:4 ratio.
* Bang HO, et al. Acta Med Scand 1976;200:69-73.
Dyerberg J, et al. Lancet 1978 Jul 15;2(8081):117-9
Good for heart, brain, and eyesight
EPA and DHA have several positive benefits. For instance, a 200 mg per day intake of DHA contributes to normal development of the brain, and eyes of the foetus and breastfed infants. In adults, 250 mg of DHA each day contributes to the maintenance of normal brain and vision. In addition, 250 mg of DHA and EPA per day contributes to normal function of the heart.
The mentioned levels correspond with 2 (200mg) and 3 (250mg) Bio-Marine capsules daily.