Omega-3 Label Made Easy

Mia Syn, MS, RDN06/08/18

Many of us have heard that fish oil is good for us, but what you might not know is what makes it so beneficial. The answer is omega-3 fats – but not all omega-3 fats are the same. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right ones for your health and your dollar. 

Not all omega-3 fats are the same

The term “omega-3 fats” is used to describe three main types: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). All three must be obtained from the diet in order to maintain proper levels in the body.

ALA is the form found in plant-based foods like flaxseed and canola oil.  While ALA can be converted to EPA and DHA in the body, the conversion is largely inefficient with reported rates less than 15% (1). To put this into perspective, we would need to eat over ten tablespoons of canola oil in order to get 2080 mg of EPA and DHA, found in one serving of Spring Valley Maximum Care (2).

EPA and DHA are found in foods that many of us do not eat enough of, primarily cold-water fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines. Therefore, many of us may benefit from taking a daily omega-3 supplement.

Dissecting the label: what to look for in a quality supplement

Choosing the right omega-3 fats for you

EPA and DHA are the two forms of omega-3 fats that have been scientifically shown to support the health of our heart, brain and eyes. Spring Valley Omega-3 supplements now make it easier to get the right levels of your EPA and DHA omega-3 fats.

How much omega-3 fats do you need?

Every Spring Valley product contains recommended levels of EPA and DHA for targeted health benefits, and the new label makes it easy to find the right omega-3 product for your health needs.

Daily Maintenance: This easy-to-swallow capsule contains 520 mg of EPA and DHA, based on the recommended minimum levels (3) shown to support general wellness and heart health*. This daily intake of EPA and DHA equates to the omega-3 fat content found in two servings of fatty fish per week, 3500 mg. 

Proactive Support: Supportive but not conclusive research suggests that EPA and DHA consumption may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (4). This 1040 mg supplement is recommended (5) for individuals seeking increased support beyond daily maintenance, for heart health, brain health and general wellness*.

Maximum Care: EPA and DHA also help support healthy blood pressure and triglyceride levels that are already within normal range. This 2080 mg supplement contains the highest level of omega-3 fats EPA and DHA recommended (6) for individuals seeking maximum support for heart, eye and brain health*.

EPA and DHA: The EPA and DHA-only supplements are for those seeking precise levels of key nutrients. The EPA supplement contains 500 mg EPA to support heart health and general wellness*. The DHA supplement contains 500 mg to support prenatal and brain heath*. New mothers and mothers-to-be can benefit from DHA, which supports a healthy pregnancy, infant development and breast milk DHA levels.

Quality: Fish oil source on the ingredient label

The Spring Valley Omega-3 labels have been completely redesigned with you in mind! The important information is clearly stated so that it’s easier than ever for you to understand what you are getting in your supplements. The ingredient list shows the source of omega-3 fats. Fatty fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel and herring contain the highest quality EPA and DHA. The Spring Valley line is made with MEG-3™ fish oil, which is derived from these high quality sources and harvested from Friend of the Sea ® Certified Sustainable Fisheries.

The takeaway

Because many of us do not consume enough EPA and DHA-containing foods, supplementation can help fill in the gaps. Your age, life stage and health objectives will influence which option is the best for you, but the new, enhanced Spring Valley labelling makes that choice easy, so you can get the omega-3 fats that you need, at the price you want. That’s more omega-3 fats for your health and your dollar. Visit Walmart.com/springvalley to get yours today.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

References

  1. ods.od.nih.gov [Internet]. Bethesda: National Institutes of Health; c2018 [cited 2018 Mar 27]. Available from: https://ods.od.nih.gov.
  2. ndb.nal.usda.gov [Internet]. Washington D.C.: Food Composition Database; c2018 [cited 2018 Mar 27]. Available from: ndb.nal.usda.gov.
  3. Kris-Etherton et al. Circulation. 2002;106:2747–57.x
  4. FDA Qualified Health Claim: US Food and Drug Administration Qualified Health Claim for Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) September 8th 2004.
  5. Siscovick et al. Circulation. 2017;135:e867-e884.
  6. Miller et al. Circulation. 2011;123:2292-333.

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