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About Omega-3

What are EPA and DHA and why is it important?

Long-chain unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are divided into two types: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). While brain, memory and eye health benefit from DHA, vascular health, coagulation system and heart health benefit from EPA.

Is fish oil supplement as effective as eating fish?

It is much more effective because the Omega-3 fatty acids your body needs are not available in every fish. Also, the amount of fish you eat may not be enough. For example; to meet your daily need of 1 g EPA and DHA, you can eat 1200 g anchovies, but it is not easy to apply such a diet every day.

What are the signs and symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency?

Symptoms may become permanent if Omega-3 deficiency is not resolved. Omega-3 deficiency may be the source of many problems such as weakness, memory weakness, immune weakness, dry skin, eczema, hair loss, heart problems, reproductive problems, mood swings, depression and circulatory disorder.

Why Omega-6 and Omega-3 balance are important?

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are in constant competition due to their duties in the body. Omega-3 improves blood flow, Omega-6 increases clotting. Omega-6 is beneficial for growth and skin, while Omega-3 is the key to a long and healthy life. When we take Omega-6 to our body with corn and sunflower oil, we take 4-5 times more than we need, unfortunately we cannot get enough Omega-3 due to our same feeding habits. With Omega-3 supplements, you can provide this balance and take better care of your body.

What should I pay attention to when choosing fish oil and Omega-3?

Check EPA and DHA ratios 

The fact that a capsule of fish oil is 1000 mg does not mean that it is 1000 mg Omega-3. The EPA and DHA ratios indicate the amount of Omega-3 in the capsule. Ballstad Omega-3 capsules have 540 mg EPA and 390 mg DHA. 

Prefer triglyceride form

Due to its natural form and up to two times more absorption provide, you should prefer fish oils in triglyceride form. Ballstad Omega-3 is in triglyceride form.

Make sure you know the source of fish oil

The ocean fish that live in the cold seas in their natural environment and are not affected by environmental pollution is the best quality fish oil source. Ballstad, comes from Norway which is the direct source of Omega-3, fresh without any intermediaries. 

Learn the contents of the capsule coating

The outer capsules of some fish oils are not made of natural material. For this reason, you must check before buying. Ballstad Omega-3 capsules are made from natural beef gelatin and do not contain any chemicals. Halal certified.

What is the difference between fish oil and Omega-3?

Like men, fish cannot synthesize Omega-3 themselves. Fish living in cold seas accumulate Omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies through the plankton they eat. Omega-3 is contained in the oils obtained from these fish, concentrated and placed in capsules. However, the Omega-3 value of each fish oil is not the same. In addition, Ballstad Omega-3 is delivered directly from Norway without losing its freshness. It is not stored in warehouses like other fish oils. The oils from farmed fish are not contained in Ballstad capsules.

When do I start to notice the benefits of Omega-3?

Omega-3 starts to show its effects in as little as 1 month. If you use it for a long time and regularly, the benefits become permanent. If you want to improve your quality of life and age healthy, Omega-3 can offer you the life you deserve.

Can Omega-6 in Corn and Sunflower oil be able to replace pure Omega-3?

Omega-6 fatty acids do not contain DHA, therefore it is not possible to replace Omega-3. According to today’s eating habits, we consume 4-5 times more Omega-6 than we need and we cannot get enough Omega-3 to our body.

What is Omega-3? Is it found only in fish?

Omega-3 is an unsaturated fatty acid that human beings cannot synthesize in their own body. The need for Omega-3 starts in the womb and continues for life. Fish, is the most significant known resource of Omega-3. Long-chain Omega fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are seen in Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, Ton and Anchovy. The short-chain Omega-3 fatty acid (ALA) can be found in vegetable oils and foods. Linseed oil, grape leaves, garlic powder, walnut oil, broccoli, basil, peppermint also has Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in them.

What is omega-3 and which foods are rich in omega-3?

Omega-3 is one of the unsaturated fatty acids that cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet or via supplements. Among the essential omega-3 fatty acids, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is found in vegetable sources, while EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are found in animal sources. EPA and DHA are found in high concentrations mainly in salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna and anchovies. ALA is found in foods such as flaxseed and walnuts.

How long can I use omega-3 supplements?

Since omega-3 fatty acids are not produced by the body, they must be absorbed through our diet throughout our lives. People who do not get enough omega-3 through their diet regularly do not meet their body's needs.

Do I need to use omega-3 in the summer?

The body needs omega-3 regularly throughout the year to function. The best source of omega-3 is fish, and the need does not change significantly in the summer. Our bodies continue to require omega-3 to function. Because of this, the omega-3 supplement should continue in the summer.

Is plant-based or animal-based omega-3 most effective?

In order for ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) to show beneficial effects in our body, they must first be converted by the body into EPA and DHA. However, since the body can only convert small amounts of ALA efficiently, supplementing your diet with only ALA may seem ineffective. Also, you need to consume 4 to 5 times more ALA than EPA and DHA. Omega-3 from fish oil gives the body all the EPA and DHA it needs for optimal health without the need to first process it.

What is the omega-6/omega-3 balance and why is it so important?

Maintaining an omega-6 / omega-3 balance is important for a long and healthy life. Research shows that the optimal omega-6 / omega-3 ratio is 2:1. Today's eating habits contain approximately 10 times more omega-6 than omega-3. These omega-6 fatty acids come mainly from processed, refined vegetable oils. Therefore, our need for omega-3 increases even more. Not only should you be sure that you are getting enough omega-3 from your diet and supplements, but you should also consider reducing the high intake of vegetable oil rich in omega-6 that is common in our eating habits.

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Why Your Body Needs Omega-3’s?

Your body is made of trillions of cells. Each one contains important omega-3 fatty acids that help it function normally, and that your body needs to stay healthy. But the body can’t produce omega-3s on its own, which is why we rely on two main sources to get adequate omega-3s: plants (like flax) and green vegetables, and cold-water fish or algae. Both are beneficial, but the marine sources are far superior. Here’s why. Flax contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which converts to the two primary fats that have been shown to benefit health, EPA and DHA. Research shows that even under optimal lifestyle and health conditions, only about 5% of ALA converts to EPA, and just 1% converts to DHA. Simply put, a 10-ounce bag of flax-meal from your local grocery store has the equivalent EPA+DHA as a single serving of Ballstad fish oil.

For whom it is recommended to use Omega-3 specifically?

-People over 30 

-School age children

-Pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and after (under doctor’s supervision)

-Heart diseases

-Women in menopause

-Those with high cholesterol

-Diabetes patients

-Who want age healthy

I’m pregnant, should I use Omega-3?

Omega-3 fatty acids can be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers, because EPA and DHA play a very important role in the development of the baby’s brain. It also brings different benefits in pregnancy. It must be used under medical supervision. Reduces the risk of premature birth. It helps the baby’s retina and brain development. It helps the baby to develop skills such as mathematics, reading and writing. Protects from puerperium syndrome.

I’m diabetic, should I use Omega-3?

There is no harm in the use of Omega-3 in diabetic patients. On the contrary, it is known that Omega-3 has benefits for people with diabetes as it increases insulin sensitivity.

What is the difference between triglyceride and ethyl ester form?

Omega-3 is commonly found in two forms, triglycerides and ethyl. Triglyceride form fish oils are naturally derived from fish that live in the seas. Ethyl Ester fish oils contain chemical compositions. In addition, the absorption of fish oils in the triglyceride form is up to 2 times higher. Ballstad Omega-3 is in the form of triglycerides, which is natural and efficient.

Are there side effects when using omega-3 supplements?

Omega-3 supplements are not a medicine. Fish oil has no known side effects, but they may interact with blood-thinning medications. You should therefore consult your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medication.

I am an adult and healthy. How much omega-3 do I need daily?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that healthy individuals ideally take 1,000 mg of omega-3 (EPA + DHA) per day. This corresponds to three Ballstad Omega-3 capsules.

I have a very active lifestyle. How much omega-3 do I need daily?

In International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; it is said that this number can be more than 1,500 mg of omega-3 per day for moderate-intensity exercises and even higher for high-intensity exercises.

I am pregnant or breastfeeding. How much omega-3 do I need daily?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, 300 mg of DHA per day is needed to support the development of your baby. We recommend that you consult a doctor before taking supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

When can I expect to notice health improvements from omega-3?

Health benefits of omega-3 effects can be seen in less than a month depending on your condition. Regular long-term use of omega-3 ensures that the health benefits are permanent.

FAQ for Ballstad Omega-3

FAQ for Ballstad Omega-3

What material is the outer covering of the Ballstad capsules made of?

The outer covering of Ballstad Omega-3 capsules is made of natural fish gelatin and is certified halal.

Do the Ballstad capsules contain a GMO substance?

Ballstad products do not contain any GMO material. Fish oil is extracted from fish caught by natural methods. The resulting pure Omega-3 is encapsulated.

What makes Ballstad Omega-3 different from other fish oils?

The source of the Ballstad Omega-3 with high rates of EPA and DHA is the mackerel, anchovy and sardines caught naturally in the wild from the cold seas. High quality and pure fish oils are gathered fresh from their direct source and because there is no intermediary we can offer Ballstad to you at an affordable price. We believe that healthy and high quality Omega-3 is the right of everyone and we want to contribute to a healthy life for people.

Is Ballstad Omega-3 approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food?

Yes, Ballstad Omega-3 has met all the standards set by the European Union and has taken all the necessary approvals. Subject to inspection.

Where is the Ballstad Omega-3 produced?

The Fish oil for Ballstad Omega-3 is produced in Norway which is the world’s highest quality Omega-3 source, is delivered directly to you without any intermediaries.

Which fish is used in the production of Ballstad Omega-3 oil?

Ballstad Omega-3 oil is produced from fish oil from Engraulidae, Clupeidae, Carangidae and Scombridae, which are part of the mackerel family.

Recommendations for use

Usage recommendations

Is there any side effect of fish oil?

According to research, fish oil has no known side effects. However, those who use blood thinning medication and contraceptives should always consult with their doctor. In addition, people who are going to undergo surgery should always consult with their doctor.

What time of the day should I take the Omega-3?

During the meal, you can swallow the fish oil capsule with sufficient water. If you’ve forgotten, you can take it after dinner. Thus, while your digestive enzymes are on the move, you can ensure high Omega-3 absorption. For the daily recommended amount of 1 g EPA + DHA supplement, you should take 3 capsules of Ballstad Omega-3 every day.

Will the fish oil go bad? How should I keep it?

You can store unopened products at room temperature or in a refrigerator, preferably in a dark, dry place. You can review the instructions on the package for opened products.

Why do I need Omega-3 support?

As modern life develops, our eating habits are changing. Not only us but also the animals we feed upon. In the past, animals were fed by natural means and consumed greenery, and we could get Omega-3 from their meat, milk, oil. With the production of fish in farms and the removal of animals from the pastures, a serious amount of omega-3 deficiency was revealed in our bodies. The need for supplements has increased day by day due to the modern society rapid pace of life, high stress levels and reduced nutritional content of foods.

How much Omega-3 support should I take daily?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that healthy individuals should ideally take 1 g of Omega-3 (EPA + DHA) daily. With 3 capsules of Ballstad Omega-3 per day you can get 1 g of EPA and DHA.