As I’m sure you know, I rely quite heavily on supplements to give my body the nutrition is requires. Partly because I just can’t afford to have any nutritional deficiencies as they almost always result in increasing fatigue; and partly because my nutritional requirements are higher as I strive to get out of my current ME relapse.
And so this month’s product of the month is a supplement which both myself and my husband take every day.
What’s in Arctic Sea?
Arctic Sea is a blend of natural fish, calamari and oleic olive oil. This blend contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids EPA, which contributes to the normal function of the heart, and DHA which contributes to maintenance of normal brain function.
Why do we need them?
EPA & DHA are dietary fats with an array of health benefits. They are incorporated in many parts of the body including all membranes and play a role in anti inflammatory processes and the viscosity of cell membranes.
DHA is a key component of all cell membranes and is found in abundance in the brain and retina. It is the building block of tissues in the brain and retina of the eye and helps with forming neutral transmitters which is important for brain function. Our requirements change in life and DHA plays a very important role during foetal development, early infancy and old age.
Other benefits of EPA and DHA include that they act as a source of energy; they insulate the body against heat loss; they prevent skin from drying and flaking and they cushion tissues and organs.
Where are they found in natural food sources?
EPA and DHA are found in oily fish such as tuna, salmon, herring, mackerel and anchovies. They are essential for good health but are usually low in a Western diet.
The body can make EPA & DHA from other fat found in flax, hemp, soya bean, canola and walnuts. However, to be able to do this the body needs to use a supply of magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and vitamins A, C & E. Dietary and lifestyle factors such as stress, high sugar, dieting, alcohol and smoking can also get in the way of this conversion.
Do you need Arctic Sea?
Our requirements for EPA and DHA change throughout our life and so does the optimal amount that we require of these fatty acids in our diet. RDA doesn’t reflect this so it’s tricky to work out exactly what you do need.
A recent global survey of EPA & DHA found that countries with a typical Western diet have very low blood levels of EPA & DHA, which we now know is damaging to health.
You can check out this survey here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163782715300333
Current NHS guidelines suggest we should be eating two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily fish. However, at a nutrition training course I recently attended the recommendation there was a minimum of three portions a week.
I would say that we could probably all do with increasing our intake of oily fish, unless you’re one of those super healthy people who already eats loads anyway! By taking Arctic Sea every day I’m ensuring my body has a base level of this key nutrition and isn’t calling on supplies of other essential nutrients to make it itself.