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A New Fish Oil That Is Up to 50 Times More Effective


Improved heart health... Better blood profiles... Anti-inflammatory action... Enhanced immunity... Mood elevation... Arthritis relief... Promotion of brain and vision development in infants and children... These are some of the strongest findings among the more than 20,000 articles reporting the effects of omega-3 oils. Further findings suggest the usefulness of omega-3 with Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, diabetes, skin diseases, menstrual pain, and more.

Fats of Life

Fish contains a special kind of fat called omega-3. Cold water fish, especially salmon, are a very rich source of this fat. In this issue of Nutrition News, we discuss why this fat is essential to our health, the difference between plant-based omega-3 and

that from fish, and we introduce a new and superior form of salmon based omega-3 supplement. It is an especially safe, effective, and palatable way to easily get omega-3s into your diet every day. Like protein and carbohydrate, fat is an essential nutrient. The body stores fat as an energy source, as insulation to maintain 98.6o, and as a cushion to our tissues and organs. Any fat we eat can fulfill these tasks. However, our intake of “good” fats and “bad” fats helps determine how healthy we are.

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All fat consists of molecules called fatty acids. Some fatty acids are required for health, but cannot be manufactured by our bodies. These are called essential fatty acids (EFAs). Because our bodies can’t make them, we must ingest them directly by food intake and/or by taking supplements.

Fatty acid content directly affects how well the cells function. We are interested in two functions of EFAs: 1) as basic elements of the cell membrane, and 2) as components for hormone-like substances called eicosanoids. In the first place, EFAs protect the integrity of the membrane, keeping it soft and permeable. Somewhat like our skin, the membrane surrounds the cell, holding the cell parts and nutrients. It also helps form a barrier against foreign molecules, viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Currently, only two fatty acids are considered essential: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid and LA, omega-6. Omega-3 is far more rare in nature and in our diets. Sources include fish and other wild game, flaxseed, perilla seed, canola, and walnut oils. On the other hand, omega-6 fatty acids occur in many popular oils, particularly corn and soybean oils.1

Through digestion, the body breaks down both omega-3 and omega-6 oils, reforming them to meet its needs. To be of use, ALA (omega-3) must be transformed into the fatty acids EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid).2 Unfortunately, the conversion of vegetable sources of omega-3 (such as flaxseed oil) into EPAand DHA is very inefficient. Less than 10% of plant omega-3 becomes EPA, the precursor for DHA. We get the calories but not the EPA and DHA fatty acids we need.

On the other hand, the omega-3s in fish naturally contain EPA and DHA. This gives the body an almost immediate access to them. This is the reason that ingesting fish and high quality fish oil supplements is so important. Meanwhile, our intake of omega-6 oils is so out of balance that these fatty acids suppress the beneficial functions of the omega-3s, creating havoc with our health.

Health in the Balance

To our detriment, we Americans eat the smallest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in the world and the largest amounts of omega-6. This is bad news. Although we need both, we need them in a healthy ratio. This is believed to be at least one part omega-3 to every 4 parts of omega-6 (1:4). Instead, we are eating these fats in a ratio of 1:40!

During the last century, our fatty acid intake altered radically from that of the previous 12,000 years.

 

Physiologically, this shift is very significant. Eating large quantities of omega-6 fatty acids has lead directly to an increase in heart attack risk and cancer. Also, because people with certain health conditions do not process these oils correctly, they experience worsening symptoms.Affected conditions include arthritis, allergies, eczema, heart problems, diabetes, immune deficiency, PMS, hyperactivity, cancer, liver degeneration, alcoholism, overweight, dry eyes, and brittle nails. The first and most obvious reason to increase our fish oil intake is to suppress and reverse the negative influences of omega-6 oil on health.

Secondly, EPA and DHA from fish oil also deliver the following benefits:

improved heart health, better blood profiles, anti-inflammatory action, enhanced immunity, mood elevation, and relief from arthritis pain. Additional benefits include alleviating the symptoms of ADHD, diabetes, skin diseases, menstrual pain, and more. In fact, one of the most important uses of DHA is the promotion of brain and vision development in infants and children. This neurological connection has lead to research involving fish oil fatty acids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

FYI: Unless you are willing to eat a lot of fish, the best way to achieve a healthy omega-3 to omega-6 balance is to take a fish oil supplement, prefably one which delivers highly assimilable forms of EPA and DHA, the two most important omega-3 oils.

A Closer Look

The strongest evidence for the use of fish oil-based omega- 3 fatty acids is in the support of heart health. In fact, the American Heart Association states, “Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart health of healthy people, and those at high risk of – or who have – cardiovascular disease.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, both large-scale human epidemiological studies and randomized trials have shown that the intake of recommended amounts of DHA and EPA fatty acids can lower both triglycerides and blood pressure.

In addition, the National Institute on Aging (of the NIH) reports that the beneficial effects of fish oil (or eating fish more frequently) also include reductions of heart rate and increases in HDL cholesterol, called the “good” cholesterol. Together, these benefits can reduce the risk of death from heart attack, heart attack itself, abnormal heart rhythms, strokes, and hardening of the arteries.

Mayo Clinic medical experts are impressed with the published evidence on fish oil in the following areas:

1. reducing excess triglyceride levels;
2. reducing the recurrence of heart attacks;
3. reducing blood pressure;
4. preventing heart disease;
5. relieving the pain of rheumatoid arthritis;
6. and protecting the recipients of organ transplants.

As you see, the first four are concerned with the heart and circulation. Concerning triglyceride levels, unless fat calories are used immediately, the body converts them into triglycerides, blood fats. An excess of triglycerides makes the blood sticky and is linked to the development of heart disease. Some other diseases, such as diabetes, show high triglyceride levels as a symptom. Based on human trials, Mayo Clinic experts conclude that EPA and DHA from fish or fish-based supplements significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels.

It follows that certain aspects of immune function also appear to show favorable responses to fish oil supplementation. There are many other disorders where the scientific evidence indicates benefits. These include preventing or treating: stroke, atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat), angina, cancer (breast, colon, prostate), kidney trouble, skin diseases, asthma, mental disorders, menstrual pain, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes.

Additional benefits have been attributed to fish oil, including various inflammatory diseases. For example, fish oil supplements have been studied as complementary or alternative treatments for irritable bowel diseases (including Crohn’s disease). Results vary, but in one study, 59 percent of Crohn’s patients taking fish oil supplements maintained their remission, compared to less than half that number in the control group.

Some studies also suggest that fish oil helps to improve mood and decrease depression. This again underscores the connection between the fatty acids DHA and EPA and proper neurological function. This effect is especially helpful to children with ADD and ADHD, plus showing new indications for Alzheimer’s disease.

New Super Fish Oil

At least 50 times more powerful – milligram for milligram – than any other fish oil supplement, here we introduce a superior product that takes fish oil supplements to a whole new level.

The use of food grade salmon and a patented low heat process has resulted in an exceptional, stand-alone supplement of remarkable quality. This product delivers guaranteed purity, improved stability, and greatly enhanced bioavailability.

Furthermore, it accomplishes all this with a small, easy-to-swallow oval tablet, that doesn’t cause stomach upset, belching, or fishy breath. It’s name is VECTOMEGA.3

Vectomega isn’t just better, it establishes a new paradigm in fish oil supplementation.

"I wanted to share some my positive experience with Vectomega.  After treatments I often feel like I am in a brain fog....after using Vectomega, I feel like the brain neurons are connecting again.  Thank you for making this product!"
 

- Susan N, Chicago, IL

Purity & Safety

The way any fish is grown and/or processed impacts the quality of the end-products. Handling fish oil products is particularly sensitive. Mercury and other chemicals can accumulate in fish. It is important to know that the fish is grown, harvested, and processed in a responsible manner. Careful quality controls throughout the production of Vectomega, as well as rigorous laboratory testing assure that these supplements are safe.

Potency, purity, and safety all begin with the raw materials. Salmon is an especially rich source of omega-3, containing about 10 times as much essential fatty acid as the same weight of many other fish. VECTOMEGA is processed from pure, food grade salmon, raised in the cold waters of Norway and Scotland. A French patented enzymatic extraction process is used. The salmon tissue is never subjected to chemical solvents or high temperatures. (Heat destroys essential fatty acids, which means some supplements produced under less careful conditions are less effective.) The resulting supplement is a phospholipid peptide complex, containing more available omega-3 than found in salmon fillets.

Bioavailability & Effectiveness

The VECTOMEGA® phospholipid peptide complex delivers omega-3 fatty acids in a form that is highly accessible for use by the body. The name Vectomega comes from the patented “vectorization” process. The fatty acids are vectored (carried) very effectively to human cells by the phospholipids and peptides. An independent lab test showed that normal digestion releases the Vectomega omega-3 fatty acids from the product. In addition, the all-important EPA and DHA fatty acids showed much higher bioavailability than ordinary fish oil.

In a human clinical trial, people taking two Vectomega tablets per day, with a combined total of only 43.2 mg of omega-3, achieved results in the reduction of triclycerides and cholesterol comparable to those achieved by people taking approximately 78 times that dosage of a typical fish oil product (3,370 mg). The label indicates the product is “up to 50 times more effective than fish oil.” This is because the vectorized EPA and DHA fatty acids are up to 50 times more absorbable via cell membranes than typical fish oil supplements.

In-vitro tests with Vectomega showed an increase in the number and quality of connections between human neurons, and also the protection of neurons from protein toxicity. In another Vectomega clinical trial, healthy people reported improvements in their memory, mental vivacity, concentration, and quality of sleep. Also, there was a reduction in agitation and in visual fatigue. These studies point to the need for more thorough tests of effectiveness for treating neurological and mental disorders.

There are five phospholipids in Vectomega. Two of them are familiar: phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine.4 Besides carrying the EFAs, the phospholipids convey some benefits of their own. For example, phosphatidylcholine (PC) assists in bringing DHA into the heart muscle. It protects the energy-producing mechanisms in the cells from free radical damage. This reduces the effects of aging on hearing and sight. Together, the phospholipids in the preparation may have additional benefits, especially in protecting nerves.

"A family member told me of their success with the Vectomega product and I am here to testify to the fact that after taking this product, I have noticed a difference.  Currently it has been four months and counting.  I noticed improvements during the first month of taking Vectomega." 
 

- M.H., Fort Myers Beach, FL

 

Palatability

There are a number of complaints associated with ordinary fish oil supplements. These include bad breath, belching, burping, stomach upset, and diarrhea. Frequently, a fishy taste and smell can reflux back up the esophagus. Who doesn’t find this annoying? In fact, before I was introduced to Vectomega, I took fish oil supplements with a digestive enzyme.

One of the advantages of Vectomega tablets is that this does not happen – a happy benefit of using this superior product.

Participants in a Vectomega clinical trial noted excellent tolerance. No negative side effects were reported, including no belching and no reflux of fishy smells. In the study, an unprecedented 100% of the participants complied with the dosage they were assigned.

Stability

In Vectomega, the patented phospholipid process protects DHA and EPA from oxidation (rancidity). Oxidation is also reduced by the natural occurrence of vitamin E and astaxanthin (a powerful marine antioxidant) from the salmon. Over time, oxidation can damage other types of fish oils while some are already oxidized from the high temperatures used during extraction. Oxidation releases dangerous free radicals.

Can DHA Curb the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?

An obvious clue to the interaction of DHA with the central nervous system is the necessity of feeding DHA to infants and children for brain and eye development. In 2005, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and UCLA fed VECTOMEGA to mice. DHA dramatically slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by cutting the harmful brain plaques that mark the disease. The results appeared in the online edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. Studies show that people who eat more fish are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. This has motivated the National Institute of Aging of the NIH to initiate the “Effects of DHA in Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease”. This is a multi-center, doubleblind, placebo-controlled study of 400 persons with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Scheduled for completion in spring, 2008, participants receive either two grams per day of DHA orally, or placebo, and continue with their Alzheimer’s medications.

Please note: Some of the disease conditions mentioned in the newsletter are potentially very serious. As with all new therapies, consult your physician about what is best for your individual circumstances, especially if you have medical conditions or are taking other medications. Large amounts of fish oil can increase the risk of bleeding. The information shared here is not intended as specific medical advice.

Vectomega®
292 mg, 30 capsules

Vectomega® is unique in that it is an omega-3 fatty acid supplement in tablet form. It is extracted from the head of wild-farmed salmon, which is rich in phospholipids. Phospholipids are very effective transporters of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), and research on Vectomega shows intracellular absorption rates 50 times higher than fish oils.

Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) [Phospholipids, Omega 3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic)] and hydrolyzed peptides]
In an open clinical trial participants experienced significant support in healthy total cholesterol levels already within the normal range, and a 13% increase in HDL levels.*(5,6) In comparison, traditional fish oil studies that have obtained similar results used a range of 3.6 g - 4 g or of fish oil/day (equating to approx. 3,400 mg a day of combined DHA and EPA). Therefore, it took over 50 times the amount of combined EPA/DHA from fish oil to achieve the same results as two tablets of Vectomega.


Supplement Facts

Serving Size 1 Tablet - 30 Tablets per container

Servings Per Container: 30

Amount Per Serving

Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex

292 mg

containing Phospholipids, Omega-3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic)] and hydrolyzed peptides extracted from Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), in a balanced ratio as found naturally in salmon; not chemically altered or artificially spiked with DHA/EPA

Other Ingredients: maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, cellulose, silica, titanium dioxide, stearic acide, iron oxide
                
Contains no: sugar, salt, soy, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring or preservatives. It contains only natural ingredients. Color variations are normal. Could be suitable for some vegetarians. No animal by-products.

Product of France

Dosage and Use
 

2 per day for 30 days, then 1 per day thereafter. May continue with 2 per day for enhanced benefits.

Vectomega supplements are provided in tablets. The label recommendation for healthy individuals is one tablet per day. Each tablet contains 292 mg of the patented Phospholipid Peptide Complex, delivering DHA and EPAin a highly available form. For maximum therapeutics, 2 tablets are recommended. (One tablet provides the Omega-3 DHA/EPA equivalent to 4-6 grams of fish oil). An added benefit of the Vectomega formulation is that the caloric intake is 10 to 12 times less than that of typical fish oil supplements.


Cautions

 

If pregnant or nursing, consult a health care practitioner before using.

References 

1 Other oils high in omega-6 fatty acids include safflower, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin. Olive and macadamia nut oils are neutral, carrying neither a preponderance of omega-6 nor omega-3 oils.

2 Omega-6 is needed as GLA, gamma-linolenic acid, the fatty acid found in evening primrose, borage, and black currant seed oils.

3 It is highly unusual for us to mention the name of a product in Nutrition News. However, it is not without precedent. When a product is completely stand-alone – having no competition in its field – we have named names. The first product we ever mentioned by name was “Beano”, at the time the only vegetarian-based digestive enzyme on the market.

4 PC is the most abundant phospholipid in Vectomega at 68 percent. It is also called Marine Lecithin.

5. Arer M, Duclaut J. Assessment of biological and clinical effects of Vectomega among healthy volunteers. 2006; Clinique Mèdical. Rennes et St Etienne, France.

6. Linder M, Fanni J, Parmentier M, Regnault P. Procede d’obtention d’une huile et d’un hydrolysat de proteins a partir d’une source marine de tissus proteiques et huile et hydrolysat de proteins obtenus par mise en oeuvre de ce procede. French patent number 2,835,703. August 15, 2003.

                                     

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