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They're Essential: Omega-3s EPA and DHA

Health experts recommend between 500mg – 1500mg of active Omega-3s, EPA and DHA, per day. Viactiv Omega Boost delivers 1,015mgs of EPA and DHA in 2 gel bites for your daily supply of healthy fats. EPA and DHA are essential which means your body can't make or store them; you MUST get them in your diet or through supplementation. Viactiv Omega Boost is Omega-3 Perfection in a delicious passion fruit gel bite.

You are What You Eat

It's recommended to eat 3-5 servings of fresh, wild-caught fish weekly. More than 10,000 studies support the data that our bodies must have Omega-3s, EPA and DHA, (fish oil) to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support and maintain heart health, soothe dry eyes, and even contribute to sharp cognitive functioning.

Without the recommended amount you could become deficient in essential nutrients that are critical to every cell in your body to function properly. The National Institute of Health reports that 78% of Americans don’t get enough marine source Omega-3s in their diets. Did you know that because there are different forms of Omega-3s, and that some may be better than others?

Plant Source Omega-3s

ALA is the most abundant Omega-3 found in nature and can be found in oils like flax seed oil or chia seed oil. To achieve the same benefits of fish source Omega-3s, ALA must be biochemically converted to EPA and DHA in the body. Unfortunately, only small amounts of the original ALA actually converts into EPA and DHA...that’s a lot of work for not a lot of benefit.

Marine Source Omega-3s

The other two major forms are EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which are marine sources. EPA and DHA can easily be absorbed and bioavailable which means they are immediately beneficial when consumed.

Which Form of Fish Oil is the Best?

There are two main forms of fish oil: cleaned triglyceride form (rTG) or ethyl ester form (EE). When a fish is caught and the oil is pressed out, the Omega-3s start in a natural triglyceride form. This natural triglyceride oil then goes through a purification process by adding ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and removing the toxins (mercury, PCBs, dioxins, etc). This fish oil is now in the EE form.

Quality products continue the purification process by removing the ethanol, which leaves the oil in a cleaned, rTG form, mimicking the nutrients our bodies receive naturally from our diet, minus any contaminants from the ocean. Research shows that this form is approximately 3x more absorbable and, therefore, more beneficial than the EE form.

Viactiv Omega Boost is in a rTG form, making it almost like eating a cleaned piece of fresh fish. 

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