As you probably know, there are 101 reasons you should include omega-3 fats in your diet. Omega-3s are essential for heart and brain health and for reducing inflammation, which is a cause of many health problems related to the aging process. But omega-3 fatty acids are not created equal. It’s important to know which forms of omega-3 are the most beneficial. Omega-3s come from two main sources – plants and marine animals. There is an important difference between the two and they actually provide two different types of omega-3.

In fact, there are three types of omega-3 fatty acids. The two ‘long-chain’ omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are derived from marine animals. The shorter-chain alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) come from plants. However, ALA must be converted by the body into EPA, and this process is very inefficient. According to Norwegian scientist Nils Hoem, only about 1% of short-chain (ALA) is converted into a useable form. What’s more, Hoem’s research indicates that after a meal of salmon, levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood are increased for several days afterward. In contrast, ALA passes through the body in less than a day.

Found in foods such as walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, soy (including tofu), seaweeds, and flaxseed, ALA is obviously a preferred option for vegetarians and vegans, but you need to be aware that these foods are not as rich a source of omega-3s as those derived from oily fish.

Another point to note is that not all fish contain high levels of omega-3s. Those that do are herring, mackerel, trout, salmon, sardines, anchovies, Kippers, Ocean Tuna, Eel and mullet.

It’s not that ALA isn’t required, it too plays an important role, but it cannot replace DHA and EPA. Also, omega-3s, in general, is not something our bodies can produce naturally – we need to have them in our diet either by eating certain types of oily fish, or fish oil supplements, such as About Health’s omega-3 formula, Lester’s Oil. Lester’s Oil contains fish oil that is guaranteed to be fresh. One of the problems with fish oil supplements is that they age quickly, so you need to be sure they haven’t been sitting on a shelf for too long.

Lester’s Oil comes with a freshness guarantee backed by a study from a major NZ university and is carefully formulated to combine omega-3 with other powerful antioxidants using the best quality ingredients available.

6 Comments

  1. Jonatan Nino Reply

    I heard on radio several yrs ago fish oil in capsule is useless bcs lots of its goodness lost in deodorising process.

    • Stephani Lord-Harman Reply

      Hi Jonatan,

      That may be true for some however, Lester’s Oil is always fresh. It’s made every 5-7 weeks and each batch is lab tested. The results of those tests have always shown that Lester’s Oil exceeds the amount of EPA and DHA claimed on the label. We’ve never had any issues with freshness, and we’ve got the lab test reports to back it up. We can’t vouch for other brands though.

  2. Hi we have been taking 1 lesters oil and 1 res v for years and the last few months have added 1element 12. We know it says to take 2 but unfortunately we are retired and to take what we do is quite expensive, but we do keep well and at 75 we still go bike riding. Is this the best way to get the best benefit or should we drop the rest and take 2 lesters oil?

    • Stephani Lord-Harman Reply

      Hi there Pat,
      If 1 a day of each is working for you, then keep going 🙂
      They all work in different ways to help support different parts of your body.

  3. Gwen Arnold Reply

    I have been a very keen ‘user’ of your products for many years, particularly Res V Ult and Lesters Oil. Probably 10 years, way back when Res V Ultimate was simply Res V. At this time of the year I add Oli-resist and have also just started again taking Multiva. I did stop the Multiva for some time mainly because the capsules are SO large, but have started to take them again. I manage by chopping them in half with a sharp knife, but often they splatter across the bench and even halves are not easy to swallow because after cutting them they end up with jagged edges, but I will persevere.
    I am heading for 84, worked full-time at our local hospital as a medical secretary until my 80th birthday, haven’t had a cold for about 7 years and the only medication I take is a statin for familial raised cholesterol and to a large extent I put most of my apparent ‘good health’ down to your amazing supplements. I also have a good diet, lots of veg and always some good protein, fish/beef etc. Also walk a lot since I decided to stop driving so thank you ‘Abount Health’.

    • Hi Gwen,

      Thank you so much for your feedback, much appreciated 🙂

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