Fish Oils & Kinetica Omega-3
There is an abundance of evidence on the benefits of long-chain, omega-3 fatty acids for a range of conditions from pathological inflammation to cardiovascular health. As a result, many organizations have established a set of dietary recommendations for the intake of omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (Villani et al, 2013). Before getting into the associated benefits, it is useful to understand the need for these fatty acids in our diet – particularly in sports enthusiasts – and what exactly they contribute to in the body. Once addressed, it is quickly realized why omega-3 has attained such longevity in the supplementation market. So first, a little bit of science…
In the human body, every cell membrane is composed of a phospholipid bilayer. Essentially, these bilayers are made from fats, so to a large extent cell membrane health depends on the types of fat that we consume. We all need a good combination of fatty acids in our diet, as too many of one type over another can compromise cell membrane health and integrity. Why are omega fatty acids so important?
Omega fatty acids and Inflammation
Inflammation in the body is required for all systems to function, and many of these inflammatory pathways are regulated by lipid compounds known as prostaglandins. This is where omega fatty acids come into play…
For example, both omega-3 and omega-6 increase the production of various different prostaglandins. However as alluded to previously, over-consumption of one type can lead to compromises in cellular function. Consuming too much omega-6, or too little omega-3 can be linked to a pro-inflammatory state encompassing aches, pains and lengthy recovery times. It is important to note though that some inflammation in the body is a good thing, and certain processes within inflammation are critical for the body to operate correctly, and to manage stress and repair. It is when the inflammatory state is perpetually on that we have problems, so striking a balance is fundamental.
An optimal omega-3:omega-6 ratio would be 1:4 or lower. However, modern western diets routinely average a 1:15 ratio (Simopoulos, 2002). This is one of the suspected contributory factors for conditions such as asthma, eczema, diabetes, stroke and heart disease becoming more prevalent in western society. The dramatic rise of these conditions in recent times underwrites a strong basis for omega-3 supplementation, along with a necessary decrease in omega-6 fatty acid consumption. Moreover, typical athletes are particularly at risk of being deficient in omega-3 because they tend to process fats quicker than the general public, yet on average consume similar quantities of fats.
With this scientific basis, and the knowledge our experts hold in Research and Development, Kinetica created an Omega-3 capsule that helps the sports enthusiast maintain healthy levels of fatty acid, while reaping the benefits of increased fat oxidation, supporting supple joints, faster recovery and improved cognitive function.
Kinetica’s Omega 3 is a highly concentrated essential fatty acid sourced from Norwegian Coldwater fish. Each 1000mg capsule provides a massive 48% EPA and 12% DHA. As mentioned earlier, EPA and DHA are both long chain fatty acids, and the richest source of EPA and DHA is Coldwater fish. The human body can also produce them from alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), available form vegetarian sources like Flax seed, but recent studies suggest that the conversion rate is relatively low, falling short of the amount needed to be beneficial (Gerster, 1998).
Both EPA and DHA play a major part in the regulation of metabolic processes and inflammatory reactions. They may increase fat utilization and decrease fat storage. More specifically, fish oil may turn on the lipolytic genes (fat burning genes) and turn off the lipogenic genes (fat storage genes). Moreover, it may provide additional fat loss effects by increasing the utilization of fat stores from the adipocytes, serotonin levels (and hence reduce carbohydrate cravings), and insulin sensitivity. Recent studies have also shown that essential fatty acids can direct glucose (from digested carbohydrates) towards glycogen storage while at the same time directing other fatty acids in the body away from triglyceride synthesis (fat storage) and towards fatty acid oxidation. In simple terms, essential fatty acids appear to conserve carbohydrates while simultaneously burning fat.
As highlighted earlier, fatty acids are linked to inflammation. Moreover, there is a correlation between omega-3 deficiency and pro-inflammatory states. Kinetica Omega-3 supplements help athletes reduce unnecessary and sometimes damaging inflammation while supporting healthy, supple joints. In addition, omega-3 fish oils reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, ideal for sports men and women who want to avoid lengthy recovery times and get back training faster.
On top of potentially increasing fat oxidation, contributing to supple joints and reducing muscle recovery times, omega-3 also plays a role in improving cognitive function, and this link is evident once you consider that the highest concentration of DHA and EPA in the body is in the brain. One of the reasons behind Kinetica Omega-3’s growing popularity is that it can lead to enhanced mental performance, which is crucial for competing athletes and sporting performance. Former European Powerlifting Champion and London Irish’s own, Rob Palmer sees ‘omega 3 as a vital part of the nutritional support structure for all players whether they are gainers or maintainers. Keeping them in good health ready to compete during the long season is important for them and the club’.
Some of the unique features of Kinetica Omega-3 are:
- 1800mg of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids
- 1.2g of EPA per 3 capsule serving
- 300mg of DHA per 3 capsule serving
- Sourced from Norwegian Coldwater fish
- Drug tested to ISO 17025 standards
Q. Why take Kinetica Omega-3?
Kinetica Omega-3 capsules are sourced from Coldwater Norwegian fish and help support a healthy heart, good circulation, improved mental performance and supple joints.
Q. When take Kinetica Omega-3?
Take 3 tablets daily for a month’s supply.
As elite sports nutritionist Matt Lovell contends ‘…in an ideal world people would follow a regime of regular exercise and…a fully varied and nutritious diet. There then wouldn’t be a need for additional vitamins and dietary supplements. However, we all know that time pressure, combined with modern food choices…has reduced the range of nutrients available to us.’ He continues, ‘In the real world people are simply not eating appropriately. This is due to an over emphasis on omega 6 fats, [and] a generally inadequate level of proteins and omega 3 fatty acids…’
Incorporating Kinetica Omega-3 into your diet may provide a proper balance of fatty acids, while at the same time contribute to good overall health, normal functioning of our bodies and all the benefits described above to help support athletic performance and recovery. Have you tried our Omega-3 yet?
Gerster, H. (1998) ‘Can adults adequately convert alpha-linoleic acid (18:3n-3) to eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3)?’ International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 68, 3, p. 159 – 173
Simopoulos, A. P. (2002) ‘The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids’ Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 56, 8, p. 365 – 379
Villani et al. (2013) ‘Fish oil administration in older adults: is there potential for adverse events? A systematic review of the literature’ Biomed Central Geriatrics, 13, 41