First off, let’s sort out the basics. Sourcing the right amount of Omega-3 isn’t as simple as taking fish oil supplements. In any conversation about Omega-3, Omega-6 needs follow. Of all the different types of fatty acids, only these two have been declared essential to human health – and your body can’t create them. It’s all about balancing what you eat!
As your body cannot synthesize Omega-6 and Omega-3 on its own, both of these polyunsaturated fatty acids are an extremely important part of your diet. Omega-6 is known to contribute to normal growth and development, keeping hair, skin and bones in shape. Main food sources include most vegetable oils, nuts and animal products.
It’s most easily found in fatty fish products like salmon, sardines, mackerel, algae, oysters, tuna and shrimp. Finding a balance between these two essential fatty acids in the food we eat is a delicate undertaking. As modern Western diets contain too much Omega-6, we tend to get a distorted ratio of fatty acids in our bodies. So, how do we strike this adequate ratio between Omega-6 and Omega-3 and move towards a healthier, happier life?
It’s a balancing act
Before the industrialization of food in the last century, scientists estimate that the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats in the human diet averaged between 1:1 and 4:1.2. Today, this ratio has reached an all-time high, estimated at between 10:1 and 20:1 in the U.S.
So, short of stuffing ourselves with fish, veggies, nuts and seeds on a daily basis, are there easier ways to get our bodies back in balance? There’s a range of tailor-made products within the new science of pharmaconutrition that harness the power of active nutrients from food to help us fight the challenges of modern world diets. The Zinzino Balance Concept offers a series of test-based, all-natural products set out to adjust our Omega-6:3 ratio to optimal levels*.
BalanceOil+ is a Polyphenol Omega Balance food supplement consisting of a premium blend of oils derived from wild-caught small fish and pre-harvest extra virgin olive oil high in olive polyphenols, Omega-3 and Vitamin D3. The oils safely adjust and maintain EPA + DHA levels and the Omega-6:3 balance in your body while protecting your cells from oxidation.
Get back on track in four months
One of the great things about EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids is that they help maintain normal brain function1. This is especially important for pregnant women as DHA contributes to brain development of the fetus1. These Omega-3s are also important for heart health2, while the pre-harvest, extra virgin olive oil protects your cells from oxidation. Hydroxytyrosol, derived from the olives, helps guard the blood lipids. These are the fat-like substances found in your blood and body tissues, such as cholesterol or triglycerides.
The naturally sourced Vitamin D3 contributes to strengthening the immune system. If taken daily, it takes approximately four months for you to reach the desired 3:1 ratio. In order to tailor your oil treatment and get a benchmark measurement of the Omega-6:3 ratio in your body, check out the Zinzino BalanceTest, a dried blood spot test that only takes a few minutes to complete from home. It determines your personal fatty acid profile and measures eleven different fatty acids in the blood, and you can access your personal results online within approximately two weeks.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function. The claim may be used only for food which contains at least 40 mg of DHA per 100 g and per 100 kcal. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) maternal intake contributes to the normal brain development of the fetus and breastfed infants. Information shall be given to pregnant and lactating women that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids for adults, i.e. 250 mg DHA and EPA. The claim may be used only for food which provides a daily intake of at least 200 mg DHA.
- DHA and EPA contribute to the normal function of the heart. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of EPA and DHA as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF Omega-3 FATTY ACIDS as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA.