Important information about EFAs
Essential Fatty Acids
| by John W Jones, MD, MPH
Samolinic evolved – became Ultra Omega-Linic
Originally formulated in 1982, Samolinic was a unique combination of the omega 3 and omega 6 LC-PUFA prostaglandin precursors. From the beginning this product, which I have often called my ‘snake oil’, was successful because it helped so many health problems.
However, recent research prompted me to formulate a new combination of LC-PUFAs. Ultra Omega-Linic includes a high level of EPA and DHA. The high level of EPA has long been proved to quench the over-activity of an enzyme which is involved in Schizophrenia, Bipolar and severe depression. In addition, I have determined that a component of black currant seed oil, SDA, may have biological properties similar to EPA, and can be easily converted to EPA.
Ultra Omega-Linic is special for a number of reasons.
Ultra Omega-Linic Benefits
All my Nutritional Protocols (visit Dr Jones’ website to view the complete list) include the use of this new and improved essential fatty acid product. Ultra Omega-Linic contains a blend of Wild Alaska Salmon oil, Fish oil concentrate and Black Currant Seed Oil in softgels. Each softgel supplies 114 mg Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), 65 mg Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), 84 mg Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), 15 mg Stearidonic Acid (SDA) and 10 IU Vitamin E as mixed tocopherols. See the final reference on this page for more on SDA: Dietary Stearidonic Acid.
Fish vs Algae, Flax or Krill
While fish oil is the most highly researched source, and it has the longest record of use, Krill Oil, while it has many of the same benefits, has a low concentration of EPA and DHA, and therefore requires more quantity of oil to supply equal amounts of these preformed polyunsaturated fatty acids. Again, consider economy of use.
Flax seed oil is a common choice of vegetarians. High arachidonic acid in the diet reduces the conversion of the parent oil alpha linoenic acid (Flaxseed oil), to EPA and DHA. The conversion of ALA to EPA, at best, is only about 2%.
Note: The only effective way to supplement DHA is as DHA.
The EFA Flow chart, Understanding Essential Fatty Acids, is a good way to grasp the technical steps involved in fatty acid conversion to prostaglandins.
I have written many articles on the use of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and other nutrients in specific conditions.
“Omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development,” Simopolous,Artemis P, Am J Clin Nutr, 1991;54:438-63, Am Society for Clinical Nutrition.
“Botanical Lipids: Effects on Inflammation, Immune Responses, and Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Rothman D, DeLuca P, Zurier RB. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, Vol 25, No 2 (October), 1995: pp 87-96.
“Proceedings from the Scientific Conference on Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Nutrition, Vascular Biology and Medicine,” sponsored by the Councils on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, Basic Science and High Blood Pressure Research, the Nutrition Committee and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Houston, TX, April 17-19, 1994, includes bibliographic references. Large paperback, 263 pp. Published in 1995 by the American Heart Association, PO Box 841750, Dallas, TX 75231-4596 USA.
“Phospholipid Spectrum Disorder in Psychiatry and Neurology”, 2nd Edition, edited by Malcolm Peet, Ian Glen and David Horrobin, Marius Press, 1999. Books@mariuspress.com.
“Effects of Fish Oils and Polyunsaturated Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease,” National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, June 1993 through January 1995, 1108 citations. Edited by Arthur A Wykes, PhD, 1995. Order special bibliography 1995-A from US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Charleston Laboratory, PO Box 12607, Charleston, SC 29422-2607 USA.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
*Omega 3 Parent Oil – ALA – Alpha Linolenic Acid
Omega 6 Parent Oil – LA – Linoleic Acid
LCPUFA – Long Chain PolyUnsaturated Fatty Acids
Essential to human life and function
Cannot be made from anything else you eat
Poorly converted from parent oils
Omega 3 LCPUFA:
Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
from the Pristine waters of Alaska’s Sustainable Fisheries
EPA – Eicosapentaenoic Acid and
SDA – Stearidonic Acid – plant source for EPA
DHA – Docosapentaenoic Acid
Omega 6 LCPUFA:
Black Currant Seed Oil to increase the effectiveness of fish oil
DGLA – Dihomo Gamma Linolenic Acid – in mother’s milk
GLA – Gamma Linolenic Acid and – in mother’s milk
AA – Arachidonic Acid – Essential, but over-abundant