Health Benefits

Good health is achieved by finding balance.

The health benefits associated with the consumption of long chain poly-unsaturated fatty acids, LC-PUFA’s, have been proven in tens of thousands of scientific research publications dedicated to their study since the early 1970's. Hardly a week passes without a media report from a major medical study concluding yet another reason why the western diet should include more healthy LC-PUFA’s.

Our primitive diet found a natural balance between omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are ‘essential’ because we can't live without them and yet our bodies can’t produce them.  Therefore, we must get them from the foods that we eat. Omega-6 is found primarily in plants like corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil. Omega-3 is found in some plants like flaxseed and walnuts, but primarily in cold water fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, sardines, anchovies, and albacore tuna.  Unfortunately, our bodies are not very efficient at converting the shorter chain, plant derived omega-3's and omega-6's into EPA and DHA and one cannot count on increasing these two essential long chain fatty acids by taking more omega-6 fatty acids and plant derived omega-3's. 

Our primitive diet had a ratio of about 2:1, omega-6 to omega-3. Our modern Western diet, with an emphasis on corn and wheat based processed foods, and intensive grain based livestock farming, has thrown us out of balance and we now have a ratio of between 20:1 and 50:1.  In some cases, Omega-3's are so low as to be non-detectable in a human's body.  This imbalance can cause a number of health problems as well as cognitive function disorders, which, when you consider that the brain is predominantly made up of fat, and much of that fat is of the omega-3's family, this is not a surprise.  

It is not the focus of this site to list all the possible benefits one might realize from an increase of dietary omega-3's and to cite the copious scientific research which backs them up.  That would be daunting task and take a massive amount of space and time.  There are a myriad of sites on the internet that already do this ( www.fatsoflife.com ).  One only needs to Google Fish oil or Omega-3 Fish oil you will find a massive array of sites to choose from.

We have had anecdotal reports from a number of our Pure Alaska Omega users who claim to have seen relief of some sort for the following symptoms:

  • High LDL cholesterol and conversely low HDL cholesterol
  • High Triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itchy skin (eczema)
  • Dry eyes
  • Mental focus
  • Memory loss
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Overall energy
  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Joint pain relief
  • Crohn's disease
  • Obesity/hunger control
  • Sexual drive/libido
  • Gastric upset
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair growth

Please feel free to let us know if you have received any benefits from Pure Alaska Omega natural salmon oil.  You can add any comments or anecdotes by clicking on the Testimonials tab above and typing in your comments. 

Heart disease (secondary prevention): In people with a history of heart attack, regular consumption of  fish oil omega-3 supplements containing 850-1,800 mg of EPA + DHA appears to reduce the risk of non-fatal heart attack, fatal heart attack, sudden death, and all-cause mortality (death due to any cause). The American Heart Association, in its 2003 recommendations, suggests that people with known coronary heart disease consume approximately 1,000 mg (1 gram) of EPA and DHA (combined) each day.

Rheumatoid arthritis : Clinical trials have used a range of doses, most commonly between 3 and 5 grams of EPA + DHA daily (1.7 to 3.8 grams of EPA, and 1.1 to 2.0 grams of DHA).

While we believe the healthiest (and tastiest) way for a person to take natural fish oil is to consume more cold water fatty fish like Alaska wild salmon, we know that not everyone has access to quality fish, or even the desire to eat fish as frequently as they should. For those people, fish oil supplements are frequently recommend, and even prescribed by their physicians.