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Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil have been extensively studied throughout the world for the past 50 years, in particular for lowering triglycerides. The studies are so compelling that the FDA issued a ‘Qualified Health Claim’ for omega 3’s and heart disease on September 8, 2004.

Some Omega 3 Facts

1) Omega 3 fatty acids, considered polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), are the fastest growing functional food ingredient in the world.

2) Japan, Europe, Canada and the U.S. have all recommended increased fish in the diet and/or fish oil supplements for the treatment of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

3) Consumer awareness in North America has increased from 15% in 1996 to 58% in 2003 (Gallup/Multisponsor, 2003).

4) An Italian study, GISSI-Prevenzione that followed 11,000 blood clot patients for 2-3 years found a 15% reduction in sudden heart death and a 50% reduction in risk of sudden heart death with 1 gram Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil per day.

Health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids include:

* Improves blood lipids by lowering triglyceride levels
* Reduces the risk of blood clots in the arteries
* Essential for fetal and infant brain, nerve and eye development
* Improves symptoms of arthritis & other inflammatory diseases
* Improves symptoms of psoriasis in some groups
* Possible positive effect on depression, schizophrenia, asthma and Crohn’s disease