Natural ARCTIC Oil
Based on extensive research on omega-3, its scientifically backed up health benefits and the requirements regarding its content and quality, our product really meets the highest criteria and has already proven its added value for many people. This product has the highest quality and purity levels, holds more DHA than EPA and is blended with an optimal mix of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (omega-9), Vitamin D3 and Vitamin E, which provide synergy in many processes in the brain, heart, arteries and other bodily functions. Customers can easily and anonymously test their shortage in omega-3 with our bio-sampling blood test kit, which will be analyzed at the independent Vitas AS lab in Norway and indicate one of the most important bio markers for the fundament of health; the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 and the percentage of omega-3 in the blood (omega-3 index).
Whereas most other products might have high EPA and DHA values based on industrially concentrated (esterified) omega-3, which are not well absorbed by our body, AHS Natural Arctic Oil has the highest natural omega-3 (triglyceride) nutritional values, especially DHA.
AHS Natural Arctic Oil is not just an omega-3 product but much more than that as it is blended with additional nutrients like Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) that works in synergy with the high quality omega-3 fish oil. Not only does the EVOO protect the omega-3 from oxidation, but it also has many additional health effects.
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It is well known that omega-3 is good for people’s health. The positive effects on heart health are maybe the most known health effects from Omega-3. However, there are several other reasons why you should make sure that you get enough Omega-3 every day.
Omega-3 contains DHA and EPA, two very important so-called long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. DHA and EPA are vital nutrients that help every cell in our body function in an optimal way and they are structural elements in all tissues in the body. Heart, brain, eyes, muscles and joints all rely on Omega-3 to operate correctly. Each cell in our body is a special functional unit that needs to get nutrients in and waste products out. DHA and EPA will ensure such efficient and flexible transport – a prerequisite for optimal function of cells. In addition they are precursors for biologically active molecules playing important roles in for example inflammation.
Our bodies do not produce DHA and EPA, so we have to obtain it through our diet. Seafood is our main source of DHA and EPA, but a supplement of marine Omega-3 is required because fatty fish is mostly farmed and in many cases contaminated due to poluted waters. Omega-3 should be an ingredient of choice together with physical activity and a balanced diet to preserve good health throughout childhood, adolescence and older ages.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made recommendations regarding daily intake of DHA & EPA to help consumers understand the health benefits of these fatty acids.
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The cardiovascular system is the engine of our body. It must maintain complicated interactions and fuel a set of cells and organs year after year under relaxed and stressful conditions. Still the cardiovascular system does not necessarily give you important early signs of deterioration; stiff and calcified arteries with fat deposits, a gradual increase in blood pressure, in blood level of unhealthy fats, or in shortness of breathes. These are often silent events before a potential sudden heart attack, a stroke – or heart failure in normal pumping of blood. DHA and EPA are scientifically proven to contribute to normal function of the heart, normal blood pressure and to normal blood level of triglycerides. Consuming recommended doses of DHA and EPA is an easy way to contribute to maintenance of a healthy heart and circulation. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends a daily intake of 250 milligrams of DHA and EPA to contribute to a normal function of the heart, 3 grams of DHA and EPA to maintain a normal blood pressure and 2 grams DHA and EPA to maintain a normal blood triglyceride level.
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The development, maintenance and preservation of vision are vital for all individuals. Even if new technology now easily can replace lenses, it cannot do the same with important components of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of cells in the back of the eye that contributes to create an image of what you see – like film in a camera. The retina has receptors for light and nerve cells that send signals to the brain for interpretation of the light signals. The relation to DHA is that we find – and the cells need- high concentrations of DHA in the retina for adequate vision in dim light and at night. The highly unsaturated nature of DHA has unique effects on retinal cell membranes allowing them to transmit light signals very quickly. A number of studies have thus confirmed that DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and EFSA recommend a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA to attain this.
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DHA is one of the major building blocks of the brain and critical for optimal brain activity and function at all ages of life. Two types of cells – neurons and glia cells -are responsible for sending and processing signals so that we can function intellectually, operate the central nerve system and move our bodies. Looking like a star with long arms the neurons send and receive signals vital for all bodily functions. The glia cells surround the neurons to keep them in place, supply nutrients and oxygen, and protect them from unwanted pathogens like virus and bacteria. Both cell types are dependent upon flexible membranes where DHA and EPA play important roles. DHA also contributes to effective communication between the vast numbers of neurons.
Researchers are now finding that DHA provides brain-boosting benefits in infants and aging adults. This includes beneficial effects of omega-3 on ADHD children and cognitive decline like Alzheimer. It is especially important to know that pregnant women should consume DHA as it contributes to normal brain development of fetus and breastfed infants. EFSA recommend a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA to contribute to maintenance of brain function.
Maternal and childhood Development
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Pregnancy is an important period in life. An amazing event takes place in the body- a fully developed baby is created out of two merged cells. All information of how and when cells and organs of different functions and appearances will develop lies in our DNA. However this development also depends upon the mother and the nutrition she delivers to the fetus. The mother-to-be should start consuming both DHA and EPA before conception. This is to provide her body with the best possible supplies and storages as the body is unable to make sufficient DHA needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It is now scientifically substantiated that maternal intake of DHA both during pregnancy and infant breastfeeding contribute to normal fetal development of the brain, of the eye and normal sight. So, continuous consumption of DHA is a must for women especially in fertile ages and when caring for babies and small children. EFSA recommend pregnant women to have a daily intake of 200 mg DHA, in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA and EPA for adults, i.e. 250 mg DHA and EPA, to contribute to normal development of the brain and eye of the fetus and breastfed infants.
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Moving around, bending your arms, using your finger or twisting your neck means that more than 300 smaller and larger joints are in function and under pressure.
In a joint, two bones come together, creating a connection between them. To enable optimal function of such a connection, cartilage surrounds ends of the bones while presence of fluid acts as grease to reduce friction. Joints must sustain different conditions from heavy physical strains, vigorous activity and stress to infections and impaired immune function. Despite such varied conditions they must operate smoothly and precisely to preserve flexibility and to prevent stiffness and pain. Different cell types and fluid containing soluble compounds make sure that the joint can do so- day by day.
Still, joints are vulnerable. They may cause you severe trouble and pain if you do not stimulate them through training- and consume the right diet.Omega-3 can relieve morning stiffness and tenderness in joints. It is built into cell membranes of specialized cells in the cartilage – the chondrocytes- where it decreases the activity of enzymes and inflammatory compounds degrading the cartilage.
If low grade inflammation persists over time, severe pain – and chronic arthritis – may develop if left untreated. By its anti-inflammatory effect omega-3 will counteract loss of collagen and deterioration of cartilage. When you know that cartilage has very limited capacity to heal itself or to regenerate, the use of omega-3 to preserve cartilage and inhibit inflammation becomes very important.
Omega-6: Omega-3 Balance and Inflammation
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The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 is an indicator of the type of fatty acids that you have in your body. In many countries an omega-6 to omega-3 balance as high as 20: 1 has been reported. The ideal ratio should be 3:1 or less.
Studies have shown that people have gradually changed their consumption of types of fatty acids as a consequence of agricultural industrialization and decrease in fish consumption. Popular fatty acid sources like cultivated vegetables contain a lot of omega-6 in their oils and seeds. In addition omega-6 is frequently put in animal feed increasing the content in meat and eggs. These changes in dietary content strongly affect the omega-6 to omega-3 balance.
The balance reflects the state of the body; a high ratio implies that much more omega-6 than omega-3 is built into your cell membranes. This is unfavorable because it makes the cell membranes less flexible and do not allow optimal traffic of nutrients, transport of signal molecules or waste elimination. Being a starting compound for many important and highly potent molecules high omega-6 will negatively affect your body; the blood may get thicker, it may more easily clog, and the arteries may constrict and get narrower. These conditions also favor inflammation. As a consequence a high index is associated with an increased risk for developing disease, for example cardiovascular disease, diabetes 2 and/or chronic inflammatory diseases.
On the other hand – if the ratio is in balance, due to additional intake of omega-3, the body reflects the opposite; the omega-3 rich cell membranes will be flexible and healthy. Compounds acting anti-inflammatory, preventing blood clotting and positively influence the heart rhythm as well as relaxing the muscle layer in the arteries will be more easily formed. All these effects are favorable for your body- and maintain the body in a healthy – and not stressed state.
Remember always to keep your omega-6:omega-3 ratio as low as possible by consuming products rich in natural DHA and EPA.
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Science moves our understanding of the potential of health effects of DHA and EPA forward– while national and regional regulatory bodies’ set standards for legal marketing of health claims. What claims can be used regarding a product is thus not always what science publishes.
Most regions have their own procedures for authorization, as harmonization worldwide is not yet introduced. The US Food and Drug Administration has different procedures for authorizing health claims for food supplements than Canada; while EU has theirs. In the Asian region some countries look to EU while others have procedures more similar to drug approval procedures. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia food supplements are defined as “Complimentary medicines” requiring other procedures for authorization.
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Legally DHA and EPA are defined as food ingredients. This means that they cannot be used for diagnosing, treatment or curing any disease or medical condition. A dietary supplement is a product intended for ingestion that contains a “dietary ingredient” intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.
This definition limits the type of health claim that can be approved to the following conditions; claims that contribute the normal development, maintenance and function of the body; and claims that contribute to reduction of a risk factor for disease.
Scientific requirements for substantiation of claims are laid down in EFSA Guidelines. First of all, the claim must be beneficial to human health. Secondly, several human studies with the target group of people must be included- and show effect. Thirdly, the recommended dose must be used in the studies and independently show effect- eg. no other compound or condition must be responsible for the effect. The target group – with few exceptions- must be healthy people, such studies must show a significant improvement in the group taking the food product compared to a placebo group. The documentation substantiating the claim is evaluated and approved by leading scientific and clinical experts as well as the Standing Committee in the EU.
Any food ingredient with a health claim is thus backed by solid scientific documentation. As a consequence, authorized health claims for DHA and EPA are strong! They tell you that even if you feel okay – your health will benefit from taking DHA and EPA.This is the case for several conditions as deterioration of health often occurs gradually and almost unrecognized. For example your cardiovascular condition does not necessarily give you any symptoms before an attack hits you; your blood pressure might be higher than you feel as well as your serum triglycerides. Food supplements with DHA and EPA maintains normal health – an important contribution to quality of life.
For more information about the health effects of DHA and EPA we recommend visiting www.fatsoflife.com
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The abundance of Cod has been a profound influence on the rise of settlements in our coastal areas. Since the Viking age, 1000 years ago, Norwegians have exported products based on Cod. Our Natural Arctic Oil is a modern version of Cod Liver Oil where all the trimmings from food production of cod are used, not only the liver.
Sustainability is all about respecting nature and safeguarding that there will be resources available for future generations. AHS Natural Arctic Oil is certified as sustainable by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Through this certification MSC endorses that fisheries supplying raw material work under the environmental standard for sustainable fishing conditions.
To produce trimmings from food production of Cod are used. We have agreements with several fishing vessels that are fishing cod outside the coast of Norway and in the Barents Sea. The fish is processed onboard and the trimmings from the production of food for human consumption are processed into oil and meal. Our partner Pharma Marine collects this first stage oil from the fishing vessels approximately every 4-6 weeks during the whole year as long as the quotas are not finished. Their engagement to buy the raw materials from the boats helps to get a new view of the total utilization of our resources. This way PharmaMarine helps reduce the volumes of trimmings thrown back into the sea.
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To secure sustainability, it is important to have control of by-catch and that the stocks are not overexploited to secure that there always will be resources available for the coming generations. Norway’s offshore Northeast Arctic (NEA) cod, saithe and haddock fisheries were certified 28th of April 2010 as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries.
The fisheries comprise of a wide variety of boats from large trawlers to smaller vessels using a mixture of fishing gear including trawls, longlines, Danish seines, hand lines and gill nets to catch cod, saithe and haddock.
The quota for Cod is decided every year in the fall between Norway and Russia. They base their decision on advice from The Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.
In 2016, the quota for Northeast Arctic Cod was 864 000 metric tons. This quota is decided based on the biomass of fishable cod (3 years and older) that are estimated to be 2 916 000 tons based on research. The quota for 2017 is set to be 890 000 metric tons.
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There are several species of cod and for our Natural Arctic Oil mainly Northeast Arctic Cod (Gadus morhua) is being used as raw material, although saithe (Pollachius virens) and haddock (Melanogramus aeglefinus) are also used. The Northeast Arctic cod stock outside of Norway is the largest cod stock in the world.
Cod, known in Norwegian as torsk, is one of the most important commercial fishes in the world. Cod is an adaptable and versatile fish as it lives in a broad range of temperatures and salinities. They normally live near the bottom of the sea, but you can also find them closer to the surface. They are able to live at different depths. 150-200 meters is the most normal, but they can also go down to 600 meters. Typical size of cod fished by ocean vessels is around 70-90 cm, 1 meter can be considered the average, but it can reach up to 200 cm long and 60 kg. They have a lifespan of 20 years.
Most of the fat of the cod is stored in the liver. It also has a naturally higher level of DHA than EPA and the cod liver oil, known in Norway as tran has been used since ancient times for its properties and its content in vitamins.
Cod has a lifespan of 20 years and reach reproductive maturity at 3-4 years, being possible also at 2, and it is estimated that a female can spawn 1 million eggs per year. Other interesting characteristic of Northeast Atlantic cod is that they are able to do long migrations. They spend a long part of the year in the Barents Sea and come to the coast of Norway to spawn.
Vitas Dry Blood Test Kit
We provide an independent blood test kit from our partner VITAS AS Labs in Oslo. VITAS AS Labs is internationally recognized and performs many different blood analyses for numerous institutes and companies.
The test can be easily performed without medical assistance and be sent to the lab anonymously. After 2 weeks the results are available online. The test will show your omega-6 / omega-3 ratio as well as your omega-3 index, which is the percentage of omega-3 in your blood.
With today’s diet most people have a ratio of 20:1 or higher and an omega-3 index score of 3% or lower. These readings are the most crucial biomarkers for healthy cell function. The ratio should be 3:1 or lower, whereas the omega-3 Index is optimal between 8% and 11%.
Compared with an omega-3 index around 3%, an omega-3 Index between 8% and 11% means:
a lower risk for and with cardiovascular disease, like myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death or congestive heart failure
lower risk for premature birth and better chances for optimal brain development, resulting in better brain function
lower probability for psychiatric diseases like ADHD or depression
lower probability for “age-related” and other cognitive impairments
possibly lower risk for other diseases