Optimizing Your Omega-3 Levels

Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 

By Michael J. E. Greff, MD

In North America today people who regularly consume a standard western diet are not consuming anywhere close to the suggested amounts of an important nutrient: polyunsaturated fatty acids and specifically Omega-3.  

A western diet with a high intake of saturated fats and trans fatty acids creates an imbalance between the healthy fats and unhealthy fats.  Omega-3’s are essential fatty acids that are most often obtained from our diet due to very few of them being produced in the human body. Research has focused on three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), but there are so many places omega compounds can optimize our health.

Omega-3 fatty acids play a range of biological roles having been linked to: inflammation and immune system modulation, cardiovascular health, and maintenance of lipid parameters.  Omega-3 fatty acids improve heart disease risk factors by reducing your blood triglyceride levels, preventing your blood from clotting, reducing your risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms, and reducing your heart rate.

Omega-3 supplements may promote improved mental health in the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety. Individuals struggling with mental health often have low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s also support healthy skin by managing oil production & acne, preventing premature aging, and protecting against sun damage.

In children omega-3 deficiency is linked to poor eyesight, lower intelligence, and an increased risk of several health problems. As an important structural component of the eye, as we age supplementation may help prevent macular degeneration (a cause of vision impairment and blindness).

Fatty fish high in Omega-3s include: trout, bluefish, herring, mackerel, salmon, and sardines. As part of a healthy diet The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends Canadians consume at least two servings of fish per week. Individuals unable to do so should discuss the benefits of omega-3 supplements with their healthcare provider. Other sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include flax seed, canola oil, and soybeans.

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At KGK we are conducting a clinical research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a grapefruit flavored liquid omega-3 supplement containing DHA and EPA. We are interested in assessing the ability of this supplement to improve omega-3 levels. This is an open-label study with all participants receiving the study product. There is no placebo, and no need to take large fish oil pills!

When you participate in one of our studies you’re taking part in cutting edge nutrition research monitored by medical doctors. Throughout our studies we take steps to ensure participants are treated with the utmost levels of respect and confidentiality. For scientific purposes each study has its own set of eligibility criteria such as age, gender, weight, height, and/or your previous medical history.

KGK is currently seeking participants who are interested in taking part in this new research. For this study our ideal candidate is someone looking to increase their omega-3 index. Participants can be male or female, must be between the ages of 20-45, have a BMI between 22-32.5 kg/m2, and be available for a study period of 28 days with 9 visits.

Additional study information will be determined upon telephone or online screening. During your study visits parking at One London Place will be validated, or bus fare provided. Participants will be compensated up to $600 for their time.

If you are interested in participating in this study you can complete our taking our online survey here, calling 519-858-8359 or emailing participate@kgkscience.com to communicate with our staff.

About KGK:

Ontario’s premier research firm based in London, measures outcomes of new natural health products on healthy people throughout Southwestern Ontario including clinical research surveys for healthy adults between the ages of 18-75 in areas such as Physical Activity, Sleep/Insomnia, Knee Pain and Cannabis. Participants who complete our surveys are entered into regular draws for Amazon Gift Cards valued at $100.

KGK is also recruiting for studies to evaluate the effect of natural health products to improve cholesterol, blood pressure, immune function, urinary incontinence, muscle health, and digestive health.

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