echium oil is an especially rich source of a lesser known omega-3 fatty acid - stearidonic acid (SDA), which is not present in other edible vegetable oils
New Echium Plus from Springfield Nutraceuticals contains a mix of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a unique favourable ratio and provides an alternative to fish oils for vegetarians who would prefer to use plant based supplements.
For a large number of people, this special oil can be a healthy addition to the diet with amongst other things, a beneficial influence on heart and blood vessels. The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oil are very important fatty acids for heart health and brain function. Considering EPA-associated heart health, Echium Plus can equal the reduction of blood lipids seen with fish oil.
Echium oil has a specific fatty acid profile with a beneficial balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Most importantly, echium oil is an especially rich source of a lesser known omega-3 fatty acid - stearidonic acid (SDA), which is not present in other edible vegetable oils. SDA functions as a pre-EPA fatty acid, because it is quickly converted into EPA in the human body. That’s why Echium Plus can be considered as a vegetable alternative to fish oil. EPA has shown protective effects for the heart and blood vessels by, among other things, its anti-inflammatory effects, inhibition of thrombosis and reduction of blood lipids. Stearidonic acid from Echium Plus provides a convenient, non-fish source of the important long chain omega-3 fatty acid EPA.
At the omega-6 side of the fatty acid mix, echium oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a dietary fatty acid which should be a habitual part of our diet, but is generally deficient in Western eating habits and food choices. A great deal of scientific research has been conducted with supplements rich in gamma-linolenic acid, resulting in significant interest regarding health ailments, as well as those affected by pre-menstrual syndrome, eczema, and inflammatory disorders. The therapeutic uses can be traced back to anti-inflammatory properties and prostaglandins derived from it.
Echium Plus with its relatively high amounts of ALA and SDA (omega-3 fatty acids) together with high amounts of GLA (omega-6 fatty acid) will act in a double way as a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. In fact the combination of these fatty acids will potentiate their individual anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory actions of echium oil can have a positive influence on cardiovascular conditions as well as on several other health conditions where Inflammatory processes are a contributing factor.
5ml Echium Plus (the recommended daily amount) contains 300mg SDA, 250mg GLA and 750mg ALA and is available from www.nutricentre.co.uk and www.naturalalternatievproduct.co.uk priced at £ 21.95 for 150ml.
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