Meet the Omegas

Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-7 and Omega-9!  They are also called fatty acids, or dietary fats, but they are not a fat you should shy away from. Omegas are needed by the body to function and having a balance of all four is vital for optimal health.

Can you tell your 3s from your 6s?

Omega-3 and omega-6, probably the most familiar of the four, are essential fatty acids which means they are not produced by the body. It’s “essential” that we obtain them from food, predominantly seafood, nuts and vegetable oils. Americans get plenty of omega-6 fats from vegetable oils, but not nearly enough omega-3 fats. Omega-7 and omega-9 are produced by the body so they are not “essential”, but still very important.  Let’s look at each in more detail.

Omega-3 fatty acids

There are three kinds: ALA (a-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (deocosahexaenoic acid).1  ALA is obtained from plant sources such as walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, olive oil and soybean oil. EPA and DHA can be found in fish, eggs, squid and algae. The body cannot produce ALA on its own, but it can convert EPA and DHA from ALA.1 DHA is an essential building block of the brain and important for cell communication.2, 3

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish weekly, especially fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. 4  Women should consume 1.1 grams of omega-3 daily, while men need 1.6 grams.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help:

  • regulate heart health
  • maintain healthy joint function
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Omega-6 fatty acids

These are obtained from vegetable oils, nuts and grain-fed meats. They are also found in crackers and cookies, so Americans rarely are deficient in omega-6. In fact, can help minimize inflammation in the body. The ideal ratio is 1:1 (omega-3 to moega-6).5 Omega-6 or linoleic acid (LA) can be made into gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Certain foods are rich in GLA such as evening primrose, black currant and flax seed. Other sources include egg yolks, pecans, walnuts and animal fats.

Omega-6 fatty acids (in the form of GLA) may help:

  • regulate normal brain functioning
  • regulate growth, development and metabolism
  • maintain healthy bones
  • maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Men between 19 and 50 require 17 grams of omega-6 fats every day. Females between 19 and 50 need 12 grams of omega-6 fats daily. Males older than 51 need a daily dose of 14 grams and females over 51 require 11 g daily. Pregnant and lactating women of all ages should get 13 grams of omega-6 fats every day.6

Omega-7 fatty acids

These are the lesser known of the four fatty acids. They can be found in macadamia nuts and a fruit called sea buckthorn but are also produced naturally in the body. Omega-7 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Omega-9 fatty acids

These are produced by the body but can be obtained from vegetables oils. They may help improve joint health and maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.

To obtain omega fatty acids from products by PURE, add Acai superfruit (15mg per serving) and Mila (3g per serving) to your diet. More importantly, eat a balanced diet with includes fish, olive oil and leafy greens to ensure you are getting your omegas.

1https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

2https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dha-and-your-brain/

3 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/

4 https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

6https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

Ingredient Spotlight: Ginseng

How educated are you on herbs? Did you know that ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies in the world? It goes down in the history books … traced back to ancient Asian medicine. You may be familiar with it as a tea, its most common form.

Ginseng is a root of plants in the genus Panax. The term ginseng comes from the Chinese word “renshen” which means “person” and “plant root” because the root is forked, resembling a person’s legs — in shape, not size.1

There are eleven different varieties of ginseng; the main types being Asian, Korean and American.  Panax ginseng is the most valuable of all medicinal herbs in Korea, China and Japan. Interestingly, the genus name Panax means “all healing” in Greek and shares the same word origin as “panacea.” 1

Ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Panax ginseng has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its restorative, tonic, nootropic and anti-aging properties. Active compounds called ginsenosides are what give ginseng its remarkable benefits. Ginsenosides help modulate blood pressure, metabolism and immune function.However, any type of ginseng that does not contain ginsenosides is not a true ginseng!

Ginseng has adaptogenic properties as well, and has been shown in studies to improve mood, boost endurance and regulate metabolism.3  ENERGY contains the Panax ginseng extract and GPS Adapt contains Red Korean ginseng extract.

Reap the benefits of ginseng in ENERGY and GPS Adapt!

ENERGY contains a proprietary blend of herbs, botanicals, vitamins and minerals that enhance cognitive performance, simulate alertness, ease fatigue and promote wakefulness. What’s even better, it contains no artificial coloring or sweeteners or preservatives. It’s available in delicious and refreshing Watermelon, Mixed Berry, Lemon, Grape and Island Splash flavors. It comes in a 30-serving tub or convenient stick packs to take wherever you go.

GPS Adapt is one of six quality products in the PURE sports performance line. Available in capsule form, Adapt helps the body “adapt” to physical stressors, it boosts mood, minimizes stress, maximizes energy and reduces mental fatigue.*

As with any supplement, always consult your healthcare provider before taking products by PURE.

 

1 https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Ginseng.aspx

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2893180/

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659587/