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
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.
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).2Unfortunately, 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 outof balancethat 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
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
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 capsule, 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
capsules 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
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
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.
the advantages of Vectomega capsules 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.
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
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.
214 mg, 60 capsules
Vectomega® is unique in that it is an omega-3 fatty acid supplement in capsule 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 capsules of Vectomega.
Serving Size 1 Capsule - 60 capsules per container
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving
Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex
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: fish (salmon), gelatin capsule, gum arabic, magnesium stearate.
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 capsules. The label
recommendation for healthy individuals is one capsule
per day. Each capsule contains 214 mg of the patented
Phospholipid Peptide Complex, delivering DHA and EPAin a
highly available form. For maximum therapeutics, 2 capsules
are recommended. (One capsule 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.
If pregnant or nursing, consult a health care practitioner before using.
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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