Echiomega Echium Seed Oil delivers superior health benefits over the commonly available plant oils providing vegetarian omega 3 6 9 fats. Echium Seed Oil has a unique profile of fatty acids and is the richest plant source of the rare omega-3 fatty acid stearidonic acid (SDA). SDA offers an unusually high rate of conversion to the long-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA - up to 5x greater than any other short-chain omega-3, including ALA found in flaxseed oil.
The current trend of algae oil is another option for vegetarians, as algae is the food consumed by fish predominantly containing the long-chain omega-3 DHA, and a very small amount of EPA. As EPA is the omega-3 fatty acid required for regulating inflammation, the high amount of DHA rather than EPA in algae is not optimum as EPA and DHA compete for enzymes in the body
The synergistic omega 3 6 9 fatty acids in Echiomega offer support for cardiovascular health and eye function, maintaining anti-inflammatory and immune response, and promoting healthy skin. Echium seed oil is rich in a special anti-inflammatory form of omega-6 known as GLA - the active ingredient for which evening primrose oil is renowned. Echium oil also contains the omega-9 oleic acid - the important fat typically found in olive oil.
Research suggests that long-chain fatty acids derived from SDA and GLA may help to maintain cardiovascular health, support brain and eye function, aid concentration and learning, retain joint flexibility and maintain emotional wellbeing. Echium oil is the ideal nutritional supplement for those who are vegetarian, vegan or allergic to fish, to help boost the levels of the important omega fats in the diet.
► Echium seed oil is a superior source of vegetarian omega 3
► Compared with other plant oils such as flaxseed, echium oil delivers higher EPA blood plasma levels
► Echium oil is a key ingredient in many natural face creams, owning to its gentle actions and natural anti-inflammatory benefits
► Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
► Sustainable UK source
- Adults and children aged twelve years and over should take 2-4 capsules daily.
- Children aged two to twelve years should take 1-2 capsules daily.
It is not advisable to exceed the above dose unless advised by a healthcare practitioner. Take Echiomega with food for optimum absorption.
Echiomega contains approximately 73% polyunsaturated fatty acids, of which 26% are omega-6 and 47% omega-3. This optimal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1:1.8 makes it an ideal oil for nutraceutical application. Echiomega is also the highest commercially available source of SDA, a unique vegetarian omega-3 fatty acid that has known benefits for immune function and for regulating inflammatory pathways. Furthermore, as the direct precursor to EPA, SDA can synthesise up to 5 times more EPA than ALA alone, making Echium Seed Oil a superior alternative to other plant-derived oils such as flaxseed or hempseed oil.
EPA is a very important fatty acid that plays an integral role in the proper functioning and structure of the brain. EPA may improve the cardiovascular system by reducing the stickiness of platelets in the blood and by lowering blood pressure. It is also converted into prostaglandins (hormone-like substances which control many bodily functions) and leukotrienes (important for the correct functioning of the immune system) which regulate inflammation and pain, and also help to maintain healthy joints.
The fatty acid GLA is vital for the structure of the brain – it ensures that cell membranes are permeable, thus contributing to efficient brain function. GLA is the precursor to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), which is converted into prostaglandins that regulate inflammation, pain, blood clotting and fluid balance. Furthermore, oils that contain both SDA and GLA raise EPA levels significantly better than oils that contain SDA alone. Oleic acid, usually associated with the ‘Mediterranean diet’, has been shown to slow the development of heart disease by lowering total cholesterol levels and raising levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol), whilst lowering low-density lipoproteins (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol).
It is not advisable to exceed the above dose unless recommended by a healthcare practitioner. If taking any medication, especially blood-thinning medication, seek professional medical advice before taking this product. Pregnant or lactating women should consult their doctor before taking any food supplement. Echiomega should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and away from children.
Ingredients: Echium seed oil; capsule shell (glycerol, modified corn starch, carrageenan, sodium carbonate).
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