Omega 3 essential fatty acids have long been recognized for their significant health benefits. Clinical studies have determined that the main benefits are derived from DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and to a lesser extent EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid).
Although you will receive various health benefits from Omega 3s when taken from plant sources such as flax seed oil, you may miss out on the special benefits from DHA and EPA. This is because oils from plant sources do not contain DHA or EPA. Instead they contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is a precursor to DHA and EPA.
Therefore you have to convert the ALA to DHA and EPA….however, if your health is compromised in any way, or you are elderly this conversion may not take place.
Only fish oils provide DHA and EPA in a natural form that your body can easily assimilate. No conversion is required by the body. Natural fish oils do however have a number of drawbacks:
* High levels of contaminants in the form of PCB’s.
* Heavy metals, including mercury.
* Low levels of DHA, the most beneficial component of fish oil.
As most fish oil capsules do not come from the same country where they were encapsulated, they are also subject to lengthy transport in tankers, additional handling, and additives to prevent them from becoming rancid.
Early in 2003 Xtend-Life recognized these drawbacks and after a year of development perfected a fish oil product that addressed these problems!
The result…a pure pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled fish oil ester with NO CONTAMINANTS and with exceptionally high levels of DHA!
This was made possible by using a cold deep water New Zealand fish called Hoki. This fish has naturally high levels of DHA which is further concentrated during the purification process. It is caught in the pristine Southern Ocean and is naturally free from contaminants.
As another plus…the fish is harvested, processed and the oil/esters encapsulated in New Zealand under the strictest controls possible so there is no risk of contamination due to excessive handling.
Furthermore, we provide the formula in the ester form instead of the usual triglyceride form of most fish oils. The body has to convert the triglycerides to ester in order to use it, so by taking it in the ester form in the first instance the bio-availability is greatly improved!
And finally…the purity and freshness of this product is such that we do not need to add any additives or preservatives.
Note from Warren Matthews, Chairman of Xtend-Life
“Not only do our customers depend on us to provide the best oil available, but so do our staff, not to mention my family…and myself. We will not therefore compromise on quality.
We could source raw oil for our formula from third world countries (as most manufacturers do) costing 1/10th the price of our local oil, but we won’t do that because, although we could purify it, additives used to prevent rancidity during transport could not be removed.”
As well as the cardiovascular and brain function benefits Omega 3 / DHA offers, research shows that Omega 3 also helps prevent and treat a number of other disorders, including:
General heart benefits: Heart disease is a widespread health problem in modern society. Fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) has been proven in many clinical studies to benefit heart health, also supported by the American Heart Association guidelines which recommend the benefits of consumption of fish and fish oil. They recommend two servings for healthy persons and a daily serving of fish or fish oil supplement containing at least 900mg of fish oil for persons with heart disease.
Lowers Triglycerides: The effectiveness of Fish oil in lowering blood triglycerides (fats) known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease has been well established in multiple clinical studies. Additionally, research has proven that DHA present in fish oil lowers the level of small, dense particles of LDL cholesterol, which are associated with heart disease. The level of large buoyant particles of HDL cholesterol (which is desirable) is increased. Total HDL cholesterol remains unchanged by DHA supplementation. HDL cholesterol benefits cardiovascular health.
Benefits Hypertension (High blood pressure): Fish oil has been shown to lower mild hypertension when it is due to cardiovascular disease, specifically high cholesterol and atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery walls).
Anti-clotting: Fish oil helps avoid thrombosis (blood clots) as it prevents platelets (smallest cells in the blood) to stick together and form blood clots.
Reduces Heart Irregularities: Fish oil… especially the DHA content of it has been shown to lower heart rates and also prevent arrhythmias (disturbances of the normal rhythm in the heart’s beating), thus decreasing the chance of sudden death by a heart attack.
Circulatory problems: Circulatory problems such as varicose veins and Raynaud’s disease benefit from fish oil. Fish oil stimulates blood circulation and increases the breakdown of fibrin, a compound involved in clot and scar formation.
Depression: Persons with mood disorders such as depression benefit from fish oil supplementation. Lack of omega-3 fatty acids and in particular DHA has been linked by researchers to depression. Fatty acids are essential in the healthy formation of the brain’s nerve cell membranes and membrane fluidity. The brain is the richest source of fatty acids in the body, and because nerve cell function depends on proper membrane functioning and membrane fluidity, changes in membrane fluidity have a negative effect on behavior, mood and mental function.
Aggression: A new study of teenagers has found that fish oil and DHA consumption relates to lower hostility rates in teenagers. Hostility has been shown to predict the development and manifestation of heart disease.
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and dyspraxia: Like depression and other mood disorders, persons who suffer from ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia (absence of ability to perform coordinated skilled movements or clumsiness) benefit from fish oil supplementation. ADHD has been linked by research to lack of omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for formation and repair of brain cell membranes, especially in the developing central nervous system of children. Fish oil may improve the efficiency of nerve impulses and neurotransmitters involved in brain function.
Memory, learning and Alzheimer’s Disease: Studies have proven that omega-3 fatty acids improve brain function and that intake of fish oil and DHA is linked to a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that fish oil and DHA may protect the nervous system from degeneration. DHA and fish oil have been proven to stimulate memory and learning abilities. Recent research learns that mothers who take DHA as a supplement during pregnancy and lactation may increase the IQ of their babies.
Studies learn that omega-3 fatty acid-intake by mothers during pregnancy may protect babies against the development of allergies. Fish oil has been found to protect against symptoms of hay fever, sinus infections, asthma, food allergies and allergic skin conditions such as hives and eczema.
Fish oil lowers the level of airway narrowing (which causes restriction of breathing during an asthma attack) and calms inflammation. Studies have shown improved control in asthmatics that eat fish rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids on a weekly basis.
Skin disorders and skin health
Skin disorders such as psoriasis have been shown to improve from fish oils. In the skin of persons with psoriasis the amount of compounds causing inflammation is many times greater than normal. Fish oil inhibits the production of these inflammatory compounds. Fish oil improves the health of skin, nails and hair.
Arthritis and gout
Fish oil supplements have been shown to benefit in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and other inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as occurs in some persons with psoriasis and gout. EPA and DHA in fish oil reduce the amount of compounds causing inflammation.
Diabetics suffering from non-insulin dependent diabetes or type II diabetes benefit from fish oil supplementation. Research show that persons who consume 5-10 percent of their dietary energy consumption in the form of fish or fish oil, have less insulin resistance, which causes diminished glucose uptake and glucose metabolism in non-insulin dependent diabetics. Fish oil enhances insulin secretion from beta-cells in the pancreas, regulating blood sugar levels. DHA plays a protective role in diabetic neuropathy in all forms of diabetes.
Immune system and cancer
The intake of fish oil has been proven to be beneficial for the body’s immune function. Research has linked intake of fish oil to a lowered risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The consumption of fish oil lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. (Pre)Menstrual symptoms such as menstrual pain are often alleviated from the use of fish oil supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids are converted into pain relieving substances (prostaglandins type-3) that control contractions of the uterus, which cause the cramping.
Research has shown that consumption of fish oil is linked to lowered risk of age related macular degeneration, an eye condition which is the leading cause of severe visual loss in people over age 50. The macula is the central area in the retina of the eye used for fine focus such as reading. Omega-3 fatty acids form an important part of the building blocks of the retina. Fish oil intake may improve focus, color, perception and clarity of vision.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Fish oil has been proven to be beneficial in intestinal health. Fish oil has an anti-inflammatory effect in inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Xtend-Life Omega 3/DHA Esters?
They are a highly concentrated and purified form of natural fish oil. Only one fish is used to manufacture this oil. It is called New Zealand Hoki and it is harvested from the cold Southern Ocean surrounding the southern part of New Zealand. Unlike other fish oils this product has a high concentration of DHA which scientist believe to be the most beneficial component of fish oil. Even though the ‘crude’ hoki fish oil itself is considered to be the purest in the world, we still refine and purify it further by using a process called molecular distillation which removes any residue impurities and thus enables it to be considered pharmaceutical grade.
What are the advantages of Xtend-Life’s product over other fish oil products?
Freshness and purity! Our oil is processed close to the port of landing, and unlike other products which have been transported all around the world in tankers and in less than ideal conditions it is not necessary to put in additives to mask any rancidity. Also, there is the comfort in knowing the type of fish used. Most other products use a mixture of fish type sourced from third world countries. Additionally, because we supply direct to our customers and do frequent production runs the finished product is never older than 60 – 90 days when shipped. This is quite unique in the supplement industry.
Why is it in an ‘ester’ form?
Bio-availability! Most fish oils are in a triglyceride form. The body has to convert this triglyceride compound into an ester before it can be used. Therefore, by providing the compound in an ester form already we are providing the body with less work to do, enabling it to concentrate in actually using the ingredient’s benefits! An ester is formed when an alcohol combines with an acid in a reaction to form an organic compound.
Are Omega 3/DHA Esters safe to use?
Absolutely! Omega 3/DHA Esters are made from pure New Zealand Hoki fish and are 100% natural. They contain no pharmaceutical ingredients.
What is the recommended dosage?
We recommend between 2 – 4 soft gels per day. In other words 1 – 2 bottles per month.
Some Companies suggest much higher dose rates. Why don’t you?
This would be because with most products you need to take higher doses to achieve similar levels of DHA. Many products have less than half the amounts of DHA and thus require double the dosage to equate to the same amount.
Are there any discounts for bulk purchases?
Our policy is to keep our selling price at the lowest possible level to ensure customers get maximum value for money. However, we do offer a genuine customer loyalty program for those customers who order regularly. This program provides product discounts and shipping subsidies.
Can you tell me more about the ingredients in Omega 3/DHA Esters?
If you refer to the ingredients on this website you will see the amount of Omega 3 per soft gel. The DHA and EPA are part of the Omega 3 component. The balance of the soft gel consists of purified fish oil which contains a wide spectrum of other fatty acids. We add a small amount of a broad spectrum natural Vitamin E to act as a natural preservative when the oil is put into the soft gel.
What is the soft gel made of?
It is made out of a highly purified, pharmaceutical grade bovine gelatin extract. Unlike a hard capsule it is not practical to manufacture soft gels using a vegetable source. Most pharmaceutical soft gels are manufactured using the same raw material.
Can Omega 3/DHA Esters be taken while pregnant or nursing?
Most physicians recommend this product for pregnant or nursing mothers as it may help in positive development of the child’s brain. However, we always recommend that customers who are pregnant or nursing consult with their physician before using any of our products.
Will Omega 3/DHA Esters interfere with other prescription medications?
It is highly unlikely. However, high doses may enhance blood thinning. It is rare that there is any interaction with a prescription medicine. If in doubt please consult your physician or email us and we will check our data bases for any potential conflicts..
I have a problem with stiff joints, although I have not been diagnosed with Arthritis. Will I notice a difference?
Yes, it is very possible you will notice quite a difference. General stiffness in joints and aching/’creaking’ bones often benefit from a regular intake of this product.
I am taking other nutritional supplements and natural medications. Is this ok?
Yes, there is generally no problem with taking additional supplements or remedies from other suppliers. However, if you are taking a lot of supplements be careful that you don’t overdose on some ingredients or have interactions between them. It may be that you might be able to put together a better combination with some professional help. If you would like some help in this area please email us for assistance.
Is this product compatible with all other Xtend-Life products?
Yes, it can be combined with any of them.
Can I get ongoing advice and help from Xtend-Life?
Yes. Xtend-Life experts are here to answer any questions you have regarding their products and their uses for your condition.
Because of our quality control systems we are able to make the following unequivocal guarantee!
Potency & Content
* All ingredients used have a Certificate of Analysis on file confirming their potency.
* All ingredients are tested prior to manufacture for microbiological contamination.
* All ingredients, as stated on the Xtend-Life label are present in the stated quantities.
* A paper trail, which documents the above three points, is on file for each batch of product manufactured.
We have a 100% Customer Satisfaction Policy. If you are unhappy with your products for any reason you may return any unopened bottles to us for a full refund any time within 12 months of your purchase, LESS shipping charges in some cases. We do not charge a restocking fee to cover the credit card processing fees.
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