What Is Metagenics SPM Active – What Canada Wants to Know
The keyword of this discussion is “Omega-3”, and that’s why you hear so many Canadians asking about Metagenics SPM Active. The Omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) has received more press over the past five years than practically any other macronutrient (or any nutrient, for that matter). It is a substance required in significant amounts by living organisms, and yet the human body cannot produce it, which makes the whole “essential” thing a bit of a kicker. In order to deliver, natural health supplement manufacturers from all over the world have been scrambling to fill the demand in Canada for this critical fuel. One brand has stood out among the rest, Metagenics, with SPM Active being praised as the answer. But before we get to that, let’s find out exactly what you need to know about Omega-3.
Answers to Canadian Consumer Questions About Omega-3 and the Benefits of Metagenics SPM Active
What is Omega-3?
There are two forms of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. They are triglyceride (TG) and ethyl ester (EE) and are identified as “essential” for the simple fact that they are necessary for human health. As mentioned in the introduction, because the human body cannot produce Omega-3, you must consume them in your diet.
The Omega-3 fatty acids you need to know about are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which are exclusively found in fish oil. These two EFAs form a portion of the membrane around every cell in our bodies. They control what substances pass in and out of the cells, as well as how cells interact with one another.
Why Do You Need Omega-3 from Fish Oil?
You’ve probably heard that you can get Omega-3 from vegetarian sources. It’s true, you can, and no one suggests steering away from it completely. However, in order for your body to get what it needs from the essential fatty acid, it must come from a marine resource via certain species of fish and/or crustaceans. Why?
The answer is clear.
Omega-3 derived from marine sources provides the proper ratio of both EPA and DHA (addressed above) whereas Omega-3 from plant resources such as flax, hemp and borage seeds provides ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), a shorter-chained polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) consisting of 18 carbons that are completely devoid of DHA and EPA. In addition, when you get your fats exclusively from plant sources, you’re also getting a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat. This puts your Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio out of whack. Numerous studies show that a distorted ratio of these polyunsaturated fatty acids may be one of the most damaging aspects of the Western diet.
A healthy Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of about 4:1 to 1:4. Unfortunately today, that ratio is around 16:1, much higher than what humans are genetically adapted to. A lower ratio of Omega-6/Omega-3 fatty acids is desirable in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases that are so prevalent in Western societies, Canada included.
Therefore, Omega-3 derived from plants does not (at all!) provide the same health benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Omega-3 EPA DHA?
My goodness, where do we begin? Studies backing the benefits of Omega-3 from fish resources are too numerous to name. However, consistent reports indicate the following:
- associated with a lower risk of heart failure.
- associated with a lower risk of coronary disease and fatal coronary heart disease.
- promotes healthy infant birth weight, length of gestation, visual and cognitive development, and other infant health outcomes.
- may reduce the risk of cancer due to their (Omega-3 EPA/DHA) anti-inflammatory effects and potential to inhibit cell growth factors.
- may help prevent the development or progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) which is a is significant cause of vision loss among older adults.
- may reduce the symptoms and signs of dry eye disease.
- may reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis and patients’ reliance on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.
- may reduce symptoms of depression.
- may reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
- may reduce symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- may mitigate childhood allergies.
- may be beneficial in fighting cystic fibrosis.
- promotes skin health (including peristomal)
For all of the suggested benefits, Canadians are also comforted by the fact that there are no known significantly impactful side effects of Omega-3 (from fish oil) supplementation. The most commonly reported one is an aversion to taste (and subsequent nausea), which can be solved by taking Omega-3 in a gel capsule form with non-medical ingredients such as lemon peel essential oil to combat “fish burps” that come (for some) after consumption.
Why Metagenics SPM Active for the Required Dose of Omega-3 EPA DHA?
Health conscious consumers of Canada are happy to learn that Metagenics SPM Active contains an optimal ratio of EPA:DHA, providing 25 milligrams of EPA and 75 milligrams DHA, which have been extracted from a perfect blend of sardines and anchovies (both contain high amounts of long-chain omega-3s). So don’t worry, you never have to put them on your pizza ever again in an effort to get the Omega-3 you need to maintain health and wellness. Simply order your serving of SPM Active and it will be delivered right to your door.
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Note: Because Omega-3 dietary supplements (including those derived from fish oil) have the potential to interact with medications, people taking these and other medications on a regular basis should discuss possible interactions with their physicians.