Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids in 2.5:1 Omega-6 to -3 ratio
BEPO is an ideal blend of organic essential plant-based oils, with balanced ratios of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs from flax, evening primrose, sunflower and pumpkin seed oils. The omega-3 fatty acids are derived from linolenic acid, with the principle omega-3 being ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), that further converts to EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in the body. The omega-6 fatty acids are also derived from linolenic acid and converts to GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), providing protective and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fatty acids are the most important component of all cell membranes throughout the entire body. Without fatty acids, essential biological functions are not possible including: cellular communication, hormonal production, regulation of the inflammatory response, cellular growth and metabolism, and proper functioning of all tissues.
Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) Health Benefits:
- Reduces inflammation
- Regulates blood clotting and the immune response
- Balances mood and hormones
- Supports healthy cell membranes, cellular metabolism, brain and nervous system function, and uptake of fat-soluble vitamins
- Improves energy, circulation, oxygen uptake, and conversion of ALA to EPA & DHA
Traditionally, fatty acids are associated with the health impact on cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that fatty acids provide prevention of hypertension, coronary heart disease, metabolic conditions including Type 2 diabetes, inflammatory disease including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease1,2. Therefore, daily intake of fatty acids are essential for the maintenance of good health.
The body manufactures most fatty acids except for two essential fatty acids (EFAs): Alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and Linolenic acid (omega-6). Since these essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized within the body, they must be obtained either through the diet or supplementation. It is crucial to incorporate a balanced ratio of good quality omega-3s and omega-6s in your daily diet. Intake of too much omega-6s can compete with and inhibit omega-3s, negatively affecting the biological functions in the body.
A typical Western diet high in omega-6s from highly refined and processed foods and vegetable oils tends to promote inflammation. Instead, a proper ratio of healthy omega-6s to omega-3s will reduce the risk of many chronic diseases3. It is important to have a diet and supplementation rich in naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids to support cell membrane formation, oxygen uptake, improved circulation and decreased inflammation1. The omega-6 fatty acid in the form of GLA further promotes reduction of inflammation in the body4.
When deciding on the type of the fatty acids to consume, understand that plant-sourced omega-3 oils are more stable and less likely to decompose into free radical compared to fish-derived omega-3 oils5. Additionally, consuming plant-derived ALA combined with plant-derived omega-3s will support conversion to EPA and DHA, without concern of mercury or other environmental toxins. BEPO is an ideal plant-based oil combination of omega-3s and omega-6 to provide essential fatty acids for optimal health.
Additional Benefits of BEPO:
- Omega-3s from flax, sunflower and pumpkin oils
- Omega-6s from evening primrose and sunflower oils
- Includes MCT coconut oil and vitamin E
- 100% plant-based (vegan)
- Certified organic
- Guaranteed amounts of Flax and Evening Primrose oils
- Bottled with Argon to prevent oils from oxidation
- Bottled in brown glass as some plastics and oils chemically react
- Non drip spout