In order for an omega-3 supplement to create physiological improvements in one’s health, it must contain high enough quantities of the two active components, EPA and DHA. Don’t be fooled by cheap fish oil products. Many omega-3 supplements supply high levels of omega 3 fish oils, but upon closer look one can spot that the levels of DHA and EPA are minimal. Our Origin Omega has the highest EPA and DHA potencies of any triglyceride fish oil products on the market offering 300 – 400% more EPA and more than 400 – 600% more DHA than most of the competition. Remember… Read the labels carefully to insure that you are getting super potent levels of these powerhouse Essential Fatty Acids. The higher the concentration means you need to take fewer capsules.
Origin Omega uses the superior triglyceride (TG) form while the vast majority of fish oil concentrates sold globally, including those sold in the USA, are EPA and DHA ethyl ester concentrates (EE). The TGs are the natural molecular form for fish oil, as they are the natural molecular form of nearly all oils and fats in both the plant and animal species. The TG form is quite stable form of these fatty acids, which prevents against oxidation far more than those with the EE form.
The EE form is created in a process called trans-esterification, more commonly referred to as molecular distillation, which reacts fatty acids with ethanol, or alcohol. EEs are scarce in nature, therefor, this affects the way they are digested and absorbed in the body. The body is set up to digest fish oil in the small intestine through mechanical emulsification with the help of bile salts released by the gall bladder. The triglyceride parts are then split into smaller parts called diglycerides, monoglycerides and free fatty acids by pancreatic lipase.
The problem with using the EE form as a fish oil supplement lies here. The metabolism of an ethyl ester is less efficient than triglycerides. In fact, it takes the digestive enzyme lipase as much as 50 times longer to break the ethyl ester bond compared to the triglyceride bond, and longer in individuals with digestive disorders (3,4). Additionally, research study after research study concludes that EPA and DHA from triglycerides are absorbed at dramatically higher percentages over ethyl esters. The triglyceride form of omega-3 is at least 70% better absorbed in the gut than the ethyl ester form and one study showed the EPA and DHA from triglycerides being 340% and 271% better absorbed, respectively, compared to those consumed as ethyl esters. The authors of the study even stated that ethyl esters “are poorly absorbed in man” due to decreased pancreatic lipase activity. This means that you may absorb a lot less of the health producing EPA and DHA by taking in the inferior EE form. If wasting money on inferior forms is not important to you than feel free to ignore this fact. Taking the superior form, the TG form found in our Origin Omega can allow up to 340% greater absorption (5,30).
Each micronutrient, whether essential or nonessential, vitamin, mineral, or essential fatty acid (like omega-3) differs in form, function and in the amount needed by the body to produce or maintain our individual health. They are absorbed by the body by attaching to receptor sites, or absorption pathways, which act as docking locations for specific micronutrients. However, due to something called micronutrient competition the process of absorption can be more like an epic battle scene than a harmonious event. Unfortunately, most supplements companies simply overlook this battle (competition) for absorption during the formulation process of their nutritional supplements.
This micronutrient competition plays a key role when we examine the proper method of omega-3 supplementation as this same competition occurs between the two key components of omega-3, the EPA and the DHA. This is because DHA has a relatively similar structure to EPA and they compete for binding to the active sites for absorption. Thus the EPA and DHA will compete for occupation of these active sites and reduce their activity. (6) The purer the preparation of the EPA and DHA, or the more that these competitions are eliminated, the more likely is it be properly absorbed and utilized by the body. Scientist agree and state that separating EPA and DHA will allow them to their job. (7)
That is why we formulated Origin Omega to deliver the EPA in the morning dose and the DHA in the evening. Separating these competitors, utilizing our patented Anti-Competition Technology, allows us to insure that your body is not only getting the highest potency, purest omega-3 fish oil in the superior triglyceride form, but it is also receiving and absorbing these 2 competitors separately in order to guarantee optimal absorption rates and incredible results.