EPA-DHA Premium Balance 240 softgels - highly concentrated fish oil | Jarrow Formulas
For those looking for a highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acid with the best cost-benefit ratio, Jarrow's EPA-DHA Premium Balance 240sg will be a perfect choice as it comes with a whopping 600mg of omega-3 fatty acids per softgel.
Jarrow Formulas EPA-DHA Premium Balance contains pharmaceutical grade, ultra- purified and highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.
EPA-DHA Premium Balance offers synergistic benefits from both important omega-3 fatty acids in a 2:1 ratio.
• Purified by molecular distillation. Meets stringent CRN and proposed USP monographs for purity and is purified to remove heavy metals such as mercury and other environmental toxins.
• Manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.
• EPA and DHA support cardiovascular and brain function, enhance joint mobility and mood.
• promotes healthy cholesterol levels
• long-term intake improves learning in young children
• helps to maintain a healthy weight, low intake of omega-3 fatty acids is linked to obesity
• high omega-3 fatty acids help to gain muscle and lose fat
• EPA and DHA support cardiovascular and brain function, enhances joint mobility and mood
The omega-3 fats eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been widely studied and shown to support cardiovascular and brain health. In the 1970’s researchers began to realize that essential fatty acids from fish oil were beneficial to human health when it was discovered that Greenland Eskimos’ high fat diet from cold water fish was the source of their high incidence of cardiovascular health.
For humans, it is essential to obtain both omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from the diet. However, the average intake of omega-6s outpaces the consumption of omega-3s in the modern diet by at least ten times. This is in stark contrast to the equal ratio believed to have been consumed by coastal paleothic humans. Excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid, from processed foods, corn-based products, and vegetable oils, are partly to blame.
In the body, omega-3s and omega-6s lead to different types of eicosanoids, which, in turn, lead to a different set of inflammatory modulators called prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The crux of the problem is that the body relies on one shared set of enzymes (desaturases, elongases, cyclooxygenases, and lipoxygenases) to convert both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids into differently acting mediators. In general, these enzymes possess a roughly equal preference for both types of omegas when the fats are present in equal quantities. But changes in relative concentration skew this preference. As such, the modern imbalance can lead to inflammatory responses that are revved-up to start fires but less equipped to put them out.
DHA: Not Just For The Brain
DHA is generally regarded as the brain healthy omega-3, as it is selectively incorporated into the nerves, retina, and gray matter of the brain—all tissues responsible for nerve transmission. In fact, DHA makes up about 40% of the PUFA in the brain and roughly 60% in the retina. It’s absolutely essential to developing brains and the primary reason fish oil is recommended during pregnancy and infants. Mechanistically, its effects result from a powerful impact on the fluidity and function of cell membranes. DHA is also a precursor to neuroprotectin D1, which has broad protective activity in the brain.
In addition to critical brain functionality, DHA has been found to have effects throughout the body. It’s now beginning to be understood that DHA plays complementary roles to EPA in the cardiovascular system.
For instance, studies in both Japanese and Caucasian males have demonstrated a more potent effect for DHA than EPA on maintaining blood vessel health.
EPA: Not Just For The Heart
EPA is generally classified as the heart-healthy omega-3, from fish oil. And there is an overwhelming amount of research to support the beneficial effects of EPA for cardiovascular health. Other effects include balancing blood-lipids, supporting blood-vessel health, and promoting healthy blood pressure.
Yet, similar to the situation with DHA, accumulating evidence suggests that EPA is more important than previously surmised for other bodily systems. In fact, recent research on mood and behavior has found that EPA may be more important than DHA in this regard.
Like omega-3/6 balance, so too should there be EPA/DHA balance in adults since both act throughout the body in complementary ways.
In general, they should be taken together and neither taken to the exclusion of the other. But an answer on the exact balance is less clear-cut. If we look to nature for an answer, we find that the ratio of EPA:DHA ranges from 2:1 to 1:2, depending on the species.
EPA-DHA Balance® contains ultra-purified and highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.
EPA-DHA Balance® offers synergistic benefits from both important omega-3 fatty acids in a 2:1 ratio.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Leptin, leptin resistance and SIRT1
After demand for resveratrol and pterostilbene went up considerably, due to a remark on tv by a doctor about its' effect on leptin and cardiovascular function, we got a lot of requests to explain how leptin works.
Currently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after years of research focused on hormones that affect body weight and calorie intake. While initially researchers believed the discovery could be used to create powerful weight loss supplements, this has never happened.
How does leptin function in the body and where does the hormone come from? Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and eating behavior. The nickname “the starvation hormone” has been given to leptin because levels tend to plummet when someone restricts their calorie intake too much, exercises more and loses body fat. These are all factors involved in what’s called “starvation mode.”
Meanwhile, ghrelin is called a “hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat.
At your ideal “set point weight,” fat cells produce a given amount of leptin, which maintains the internal energy balance needed for necessary cellular function and proper weight management. In most healthy adults, changes in body weight will trigger changes in leptin, causing appetite to either increase when body fat falls or decrease when body fat rises — although in some susceptible individuals this energy-balance system seems to malfunction.
There’s still a lot to learn about how leptin resistance or decreased sensitivity to leptin’s signals develops, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it. Many experts believe that eating a highly processed diet — especially while also leading a stressful and mostly sedentary lifestyle — is the perfect storm for developing leptin resistance.
Even if someone is genetically susceptible to weight gain or obesity, there’s still a lot they can do to help prevent this from happening, especially eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough exercise and taking steps to manage stress.
Skin hunger: why we crave touch
As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides.
While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.
Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.
How to love your body?
With all these standards for beauty, it’s easy to plummet into a spiral of body-hating. Don’t succumb to the pressure! Love your body, no matter what!
Body shaming is, sadly, a trend these days. You have songs that hate on the skinny girls because “real women have curves.” Then you have songs about shaming people who don’t happen to have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model. We all know that no one is perfect, but there are still some people who insist on telling people how they should look, how they should act, what size they should be, what their hair color should look like.
Everyone has the right to love their own body. Whether you’re skinny, fat, tall, short, missing a limb, dark-skinned, pale-skinned, what have you, every single body in the world deserves to be loved. It’s just a shame that so many people insist on hating on their bodies, simply because they don’t conform to the unrealistic standards set by society.
Why are multivitamins important for your health?
Sometimes, when your only source of news is from mainstream media, it seems as if taking nutritional supplements is worse than taking medicines. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Especially multivitamins and fish oil can be your cheapest way to top health in addition to a healthy diet. People following healthy diets, are as rare as diamonds and it most certainly doesn't mean following the latest fad diet where you must buy expensive exotic ingredients to be doing it right.
Sadly this is possible when the general public is not being educated properly. Even our national nutritional council (Voedingscentrum) still keeps spouting how you should be consuming artificial margarine instead of real butter as it 'contains extra vitamin D' while butter from grass-fed cows will contain this naturally.
However, there is one truth that is universally embraced by almost everyone: in order to become healthier one has to consumer larger amounts of vegetables and fruits and less heavily processed foods. The sad truth is how most Dutch citizens don't even ingest 200 grams of vegetables and fruit on a given day, a far cry from the recommended 500 grams never mind the optimal 750 grams that is considered to be ideal when you're striving from longevity.
Should I worry about my cholesterol levels?Recently, new guidelines were introduced for what is deemed to be a healthy cholesterol level. While formerly, it was adviced to introduce cholesterol lowering drugs when your 'bad' cholesterol level amounted to over 2.5 mmol/litre, that number now dropped to 1.8.
This big drop will probably result in a vast increase of people that are being administered cholesterol lowering drugs.
But what if I told you, cholesterol is a poor marker for heart health?
For decades, cholesterol testing has served as that warning for many. An elevated level of "bad" LDL cholesterol has been just the warning people needed to change their ways. It has played that role for several reasons. People like tests because the results seem objective. Reliable measurement of cholesterol is easy and relatively inexpensive. It makes sense biologically. LDL cholesterol, a protein-wrapped package containing fat and cholesterol, tends to slip out of the bloodstream and lodge in blood vessel walls, forming the plaque that leads to clots and heart attacks.
And it makes sense statistically. The correlation between lowering your LDL and lowering your chances of having a heart attack or developing other forms of heart disease is well documented. Indeed, exercise and dietary changes are good for the heart partly because they lower LDL cholesterol levels.
The power of positive thinking
Why is stress so hard on the body?When we are stressed, our bodies produce higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that shuts down the thinking center of our brains and activates conflict aversion and protection behaviors. We become more reactive and sensitive. We often perceive even greater judgment and negativity than actually exists. And these effects can last for 26 hours or more, imprinting the interaction on our memories and magnifying the impact it has on our future behavior. Cortisol can be self-inforcing, the more we think about a stressful event, the bigger and longer the impact.
Positive comments produce a chemical reaction too. They spur the production of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that elevates our ability to communicate, collaborate and trust others by activating networks in our prefrontal cortex. But oxytocin metabolizes more quickly than cortisol, so its effects are less dramatic and long-lasting.
In order to counterbalance the effect of stress, a much higher amount of positive events must happen, which in the real world, is not so easy to achieve.
Another factor which makes it harder to achieve happiness, is that every individual has a 'happiness set point'.
A happiness set point is the point on a continuum of happiness with which we are born.
In early research it was concluded that positive events (such as winning the lottery) and negative events (such as an accident) change our happiness levels for a short period of time, until after a while, we return to the baseline, our happiness set point.
Lately though it has been shown that we *can* change our setpoint. This however, is not very easy and requires hard work!
So let's look at the factors that can help influence happiness!
What causes muscle soreness?Delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) is a type of pain that most will experience after doing unusual exercise for the first time. There have been several theories to as what causes muscle soreness. At first lactic acid was blamed, but lactic acids disappears quite rapidly and the time period between exercise and soreness too large.
take 1-2 softgels with a meal once or twice a day or as directed by a qualified physician.
for fat loss
take 2-3 softgelswith a meal twice a day or as directed by a qualified physician.
contains per minimal daily serving (1 softgel)
calories 10 kcal
total fat 1 gram
fish oil concentrate from sardine and anchovies 1.000 mg
omega 3 fatty acids 600 mg
EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid ) 400 mg
DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid) 200 mg
active ingredients (fish oil concentrate (anchovy and sardine) and antioxidant (mixed natural tocopherols), softgel capsule (porcine gelatin, glycerin and water)
keep away from light or heat, keep otherwise dry and closed at normal room temperature
keep away from young children
people with seafood allergies or coagulopathy, or who are taking anticoagulants or other blood thinning medications, or facing surgery should notify their physician before using fish oil.
contains fish oil
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, shellfish or mollusks)
contains fish oil (from sardines & anchovies) & gelatin