Omega 3 Benefits
The health benefits of Omega 3 are astounding and real. The fact that the public is well aware of the varied benefits of fish oil capsules on health is seen by a recent survey conducted online by ConsumerLab.com, in which 6,012 people participated.
The survey showed that omega 3 supplements were now on top of the shopping list of dietary supplements with 74 percent reporting they took omega 3 supplements regularly. This was followed by 72 percent who reported taking multi-vitamins. More Americans today are taking omega 3 supplements than they are multi-vitamins!
However, this news made an interesting read, even as private lab testing, at the request of environmental lawyers, revealed that many of the popular fish oil capsules in the market today, may contain unhealthy levels of PCBs. Although tests were done only on ten brands of fish oil capsules, these negative test reports will certainly impact consumer choice of fish oil capsules. Manufacturers will need to work harder in enforcing and ensuring higher quality manufacturing of fish oil capsules. Manufacturers with a known reputation for sourcing quality fish oil capsules that are verified by third party lab testing will obviously have a cutting edge over other brands in the market.
A variety of research studies show that Omega 3’s offer the following health benefits:
- Supports cardiovascular health
- May support joint health
- Helps support brain health and cognitive functions
- May help support eye health
- May help support pre-natal and post-natal development of the brain and eyes
- May help support cellular health
Why Have Omega 3 Supplements Grown In Popularity?
While the benefits of fish oil can be traced back to the 1700’s, it was in the 1970’s that research conducted in Greenland revealed that the Inuit tribes living there had robust heart health. As scientists probed further they discovered that the secret to their cardiovascular, in spite of a high fat diet, was their high intake of fatty fish. This study led to the discovery of the benefits of fish oil. This further drove the commercial production of fish oil.
In the 1980’s, new manufacturing techniques were able to produce a type of fish oil that was derived from the whole fish, and not just the liver. Although this step was an upgrade in the manufacturing process, it still did not solve the problem of impurities that were present in fish oil such as toxins, PCB’s, and metal contaminants like mercury and lead.
Today, high-tech manufacturing processes such as molecular distillation are able to remove a large percentage of the impurities in fish oil. This same process produces a higher concentration of fish oil-higher potencies of the omega 3 fatty acids-EPA and DHA than regular fish oil. Only a minute quantity of this pharmaceutical grade fish oil is required in one encapsulation.
A walk down the aisle of any health store today, offers an eye-catching view of a wide assortment of fish oils capsules spanning various grades and potencies. The use of the words “omega 3” has become so synonymous with good health that people don’t think twice before purchasing an omega 3 supplement. Consumers now enjoy the health benefits of fish oil capsules conveniently encapsulated, without the impurities. This, combined with the expanding research on omega 3 benefits has led to the increased usage of omega 3 supplements.
There are various grades of fish oil available in the market, out of which pharmaceutical grade fish oil holds the highest level of purity and potency. Many people experience bloating or mild indigestion with fish oil capsules, but further advances in formulating has introduced enteric-coated fish oil capsules. This special enteric coating allows digestion of fish oil to take place in the intestine, and not in the stomach. The advantage includes no fishy after-burps and reduces the side effects common to non-enteric fish oil capsules.
As science throws light and continues to affirm the rich benefits of omega 3 supplements on health, the market for fish oil capsules will continue to flourish. From 2006 to 2010 the market in the U.S. for fish oil capsules has more than doubled and is valued at an estimated $1 billion.
Manufacture Quality Fish Oil Capsules With The Experts At NutraScience Labs!
Contact NutraScience Labs today to find out how you can manufacture high quality omega 3 supplements that will meet the nutritional needs of your target audience. You may call (855) 492-7388 to speak to one of our knowledgeable Production Specialists or if you are ready with your omega 3 supplement requirements, you may submit a free quote request through this website. The typical turnaround time on quotes submitted through our website or over the phone is 48 hours and is dependent upon the type and quantity of your request, as well as the availability of raw materials.