Essential fatty acids
Möller’s is naturally rich in omega-3 (DHA and EPA) fatty acids. All cells in the body need omega-3 fatty acids to function properly, since these are important components of the membranes of all cells.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids because our body needs these substances, but cannot (or only to a limited extent) produce them itself. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our health. Therefore, it is important that we take in omega-3 from food, possibly supplemented with food supplements.
Why is omega-3 important?
Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are important in every phase of our life (young, old, pregnant, unborn baby).
They are important for:
• Keeping good health
• Proper functioning of the heart*
• Proper functioning of the brain** (DHA is an important building block in the brain)
• Good vision**
* Beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg DHA and EPA
** Beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg DHA
When buying an omega-3 supplement, make sure the supplement contains the right type of omega-3, that it contains a large amount of omega-3, and that the omega-3 is present in its natural form.
1.The right type of omega-3: DHA and EPA
There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids. Essential omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids have a wide range of scientifically documented health benefits. DHA and EPA are mainly in fatty fish, such as herring, salmon and mackerel.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is also an omega-3 fatty acid. ALA is, among others, included in rapeseed, linseed and soybean oil, chia seed and walnuts. However, ALA must still be converted in our body into the useable DHA and EPA. This conversion occurs only to a limited extent (according to research only 2-10% of the taken ALA is converted). Therefore, it is important to check specifically the amount of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids in a supplement.
2.The amount of omega-3 per daily dosage
The Dutch Health Council (Gezondheidsraad) recommends an intake of at least 450 mg DHA and EPA per day (the right types of omega-3). However, it has been shown that the use of 1.000 mg DHA and EPA per day reduces the risk of fatal coronary heart disease.
1 dessert spoon Möller’s cod liver oil contains 1.200 mg omega-3, of which 1.000 mg DHA and EPA.
3. Omega-3 in natural form
Möller’s omega-3 fish oil contains omega-3 in natural triglyceride form, which is unique to fish oil. This form ensures a better absorption of the fatty acids in the body than, for example, ethyl esters in other fish oils. Ethyl esters are synthetically purified, which leads to a reduction in the absorption of the fatty acids.
The omega-3 fatty acids of all Möller’s products exist in their natural triglyceride form.