ConsumerLab.com is the leading provider of independent test results and information that allow consumers and healthcare professionals access to comprehensive reports that help in identifying the best quality health and nutrition products. With privatized health care making discernment between what’s good for your body and what’s good for your wallet harder and harder, ConsumerLab.com is doing important work that values truth over consumerism. ConsumerLabs is the only third-party verification group that freely publishes its testing methods and quality criteria in the hopes of providing data that allows the public to make healthier, more informed decisions.
For a product to achieve ConsumerLab’s Seal of Approval, the product must adhere to meaningful and strict standards based on the latest international research and recommendations. Recently, ConsumerLab granted its renowned Seal of Approval to USANA, a leader in the field of high-quality nutritional products, for their omega-3 supplement BiOmega. Understanding the science behind the rigorous testing needed to pass makes the discernment process of choosing a product much simpler. The wellness industry has become so oversaturated that at times it can feel so overwhelming to try to identify the products that are on the market for more reasons than just to make money. Fortunately, ConsumerLab’s extensive testing provides a shortcut to avoid overwhelm and feel confident in trusting the products and companies that produce them.
In regards to this particular Seal of Approval, the science tells us that USANA Health Science’s BiOmega must contain 100% of the claimed amounts of EPA, DHA, total omega 3 fatty acids, total fatty acids, or other fatty acids and not exceed the greater of 150% of any of these amounts or 75 mg per serving above any of these amounts. The average consumer might not be equipped to understand whether that means they should purchase BiOmega to support their health, but the Seal of Approval at least narrows down the overwhelm of research it sometimes takes just to click purchase.
Knowing that there is inherent trust in the contents of the product, only leaves the consumer with a few questions to evaluate in their diet before purchasing. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish, which can certainly be difficult to consistently incorporate into a diet if it isn’t already being consumed regularly, especially given that fish consumed through diet can also contain dangerous contaminants, like Mercury. This is where BiOmega comes in, especially since our bodies can’t make Omega-3s on their own. BiOmega can provide your body with the nutrients it craves from fatty fish without the risk of contaminants by undergoing a process of double molecular distillation, ensuring that purification is guaranteed.
USANA BiOmega provides the body with concentrated omega-3 fats from fish oil plus vitamin D support for the heart, brain, and eyes starting at the cellular level. The health benefits of a concentrated dose of purified fish oil in BiOmega have been proven to support cellular function, balanced immune response, cardiovascular health, brain and nerve activity, eye health, healthy pregnancies, and joint and exercise recovery. And since this particular supplement is a multitasker, it includes Vitamin D for cellular support as well as a way to eliminate fishy aftertastes.
The key to BiOmega’s effectiveness is the amount of long-chain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) it contains. The takeaway here is that long-chain forms of omega-3s are more effective than other short-chain fatty acids and more importantly, that healthy fat is incredibly supportive of brain function. DHA is a major structural and functional element of all membranes in the gray matter of the brain and the retina of the eye and a key component of heart tissue.
The key distinction here is understanding that fats are composed of four types of fatty acids – saturated, polyunsaturated, monosaturated, and trans fat. The liver uses saturated fats to manufacture cholesterol, therefore excessive intake of saturated fats can raise the blood cholesterol level. Whereas, polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially omega-6 and omega-3, are the most beneficial to overall health. Fatty acids like omega-6, omega-3, and especially DHA are key structural fats that maintain the fluid healthy function of cell membranes, supporting a more fluid barrier that allows for cells to receive to help your body function. Despite the clear health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, dietery surveys indicate up to 90 percent of people simply don’t get enough in their diet and the myths around fat intake certainly don’t help this statistic.
Because omega-3s’ structure is supportive of a healthy and fluid cell membrane, this also means that they are the unsung heroes of the central nervous system and brain. The health of a cell membrane determines how functional neurons are in sending chemical messages, which is vital for learning, memory, and other cognitive processes.
Ultimately, optimizing our health can be a precarious road to travel. Luckily, third-party assessors like ConsumerLabs.com make this road a little less hazardous by doing the legwork of determining a product’s credibility, narrowing down the options from a very saturated market. A saturated market, like saturated fats, can provide us with less than optimal health benefits. By evaluating the testing a product goes through, we can ensure that our bodies are receiving recoupment of nutrients that our diet might not have been providing. The myth around fats in our diet has been debunked and our cells are hungry for what they’ve been deprived of, like the omega-3 fatty acids that make up USANA’s ultra-pure fish oil supplement, BiOmega.