Is Omega 3 recommended by Health Departments?
The Government of Canada recently recommended that each Canadian should increase their daily intake of Omega 3 to reduce the Omega 3 - Omega 6 imbalance. The United States Department of Health and Nutritional Services, The National Institute of Health, and The Council for Responsible Nutrition have all agreed that the daily intake of Omega 3 should be increased. The World Health Organization recommends that all adults increase their daily intake of Omega 3.

Are our modern diets in balance with respect to Omega 3 and Omega 6?
Modern diets deliver too much Omega6 leading to an acute imbalance of somewhere between 1-Omega3 to 14-Omega6 (1:14) or even 1-omega3 to 20-omega6 (1:20). Some doctors suggest that this imbalance may be as high as 1 - 60.
(Simopoulos and Robinson: The Omega Plan, 1998, Harper Collins, p.5 Harris, W. Backgrounder vol 2, July 1997)

Should we fear this imbalance?
As long as the omega 3's and omega 6's in our bodies are in balance they compliment each other. Many doctors now agree that an omega 6 imbalance leads to a marked increase in such dietary disease as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and skin disorders.
(Simopoulos and Robinson, p.32)

Why does this imbalance happen in our diets?
Modern foods are high in omega 6 and low in omega 3. When we couple our modern eating habits with the fact that excess omega 6 is stored in the body as fat, while any unused omega 3 is quickly disposed of by the body, the problem becomes clear.

Is excess Omega 6 dangerous?
Many recent studies indicate that it could be. Researchers using lab animals with existing tumors found that diet high in omega 6 made the "... tumors grow faster, larger, and more invasive." (Simopoulos and Robinson, p. 6)
Another study performed in a Los Angeles Veterans Hospital found that the group of men fed a diet high in omega 6 had a mortality rate twice that of men on a traditional diet.
(Pearce and Dayton: The Lancet, 1971, 464-467)

Why has this Omega 3 - Omega 6 imbalance occurred?
We can trace our human ancestry back 4 million years. For more than 99% of that time humans were hunters and foragers, which established our dietary balance between omega 3 and omega 6 at the ideal proportion of 1:1. Many doctors believe that this balance continued until the mid 1800's when our diet began to fundamentally change. Our present day diets, rich in grains and seeds but poor in marine life, increases the omega 6 presence in our bodies.
"Omega 3 consumption has decreased to one sixth of the level found in our food supply in the 1850's. Omega 6 consumption has doubled in that time drastically changing the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in our food supply. This change is reflected in the makeup of our tissue fats and in our health."
(Dr. Edo Erasmus, FATS that Heal, FATS that Kill, 1995 (3rd edition), Alive Books. p.52)
In a recent study, scientists concluded that "... we are now eating 1/10th of the amount of omega 3 required for normal functioning. Alarmingly, 20% of the population has levels so low that they defy detection."
(Dolocek, Grandits, World Rev. Nutr Diet. 1991, 66:205-216)

What is the best method of overcoming this Omega 3 imbalance?
If you are not prepared to make radical and permanent changes in your diet to include natural foods high in omega 3, such as fish, the most immediate answer would be omega 3 supplements.

What is the difference between regular fish oils and pharmaceutical grade oils?
We are now offering ONLY Pharmaceutical Grade Seal Oil and Marine Oil in our products.

The oil extracted from the body tissues of Harp Seals contains various impurities such as mercury, PCBs and other contaminants. To ensure that these toxins are removed to a level that is far below acceptable standards, the seal oil goes through a process termed Molecular Distillation. This process removes all the impurities such as mercury, metals and PCB’s from the oil and produces a purer product that is safer for human consumption.

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