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Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

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Essential Fatty Acids are the "good fats" all over the news these days, and a very hot research topic.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acids. There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-9 is necessary yet "non-essential" because the body can manufacture a modest amount on its own, provided essential EFAs are present. The number following "Omega-" represents the position of the first double bond, counting from the terminal methyl group on the molecule. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 from Linoleic Acid, and Omega-9 from Oleic Acid.

  • EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human body needs EFAs to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception, and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems, with male children having higher needs than females. Fetuses and breast-fed infants also require an adequate supply of EFAs through the mother's dietary intake.

  • EFA deficiency is common in the United States, particularly Omega-3 deficiency. An ideal intake ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids is between 1:1 and 4:1, with most Americans only obtaining a ratio between 10:1 and 25:1. The minimum healthy intake for both linolenic (Omega-3) and linoleic (Omega-6) acid via diet, per adult per day, is 1.5 grams of each. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil can provide this amount, or larger amounts of other linolenic-rich foods. Because high heat destroys linolenic acid, cooking in linolenic-rich oils or eating cooked linolenic-rich fish is unlikely to provide a sufficient amount.

  • EFA deficiency and Omega 6/3 imbalance is linked with serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, cancer, insulin resistance, asthma, lupus, schizophrenia, depression, postpartum depression, accelerated aging, stroke, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, ADHD, and Alzheimer's Disease, among others.

Omega-3 (Linolenic Acid)

  • Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is the principal Omega-3 fatty acid, which a healthy human will convert into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and later into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and the GLA synthesized from linoleic (Omega-6) acid are later converted into hormone-like compounds known as eicosanoids, which aid in many bodily functions including vital organ function and intracellular activity.

  • Omega-3s are used in the formation of cell walls, making them supple and flexible, and improving circulation and oxygen uptake with proper red blood cell flexibility and function.

  • Omega-3 deficiencies are linked to decreased memory and mental abilities, tingling sensation of the nerves, poor vision, increased tendency to form blood clots, diminished immune function, increased triglycerides and "bad" cholesterol (LDL) levels, impaired membrane function, hypertension, irregular heart beat, learning disorders, menopausal discomfort, itchiness on the front of the lower leg(s), and growth retardation in infants, children, and pregnant women.

Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid)

  • Linoleic Acid is the primary Omega-6 fatty acid. A healthy human with good nutrition will convert linoleic acid into gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which will later by synthesized, with EPA from the Omega-3 group, into eicosanoids.

  • Some Omega-6s improve diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, skin disorders (e.g. psoriasis and eczema), and aid in cancer treatment.

  • Although most Americans obtain an excess of linoleic acid, often it is not converted to GLA because of metabolic problems caused by diets rich in sugar, alcohol, or trans fats from processed foods, as well as smoking, pollution, stress, aging, viral infections, and other illnesses such as diabetes. It is best to eliminate these factors when possible, but some prefer to supplement with GLA-rich foods such as borage oil, black currant seed oil, or evening primrose oil.

Omega-9 (Oleic Acid)

  • Essential but technically not an EFA, because the human body can manufacture a limited amount, provided essential EFAs are present.

  • Monounsaturated oleic acid lowers heart attack risk and arteriosclerosis, and aids in cancer prevention.


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Formula SF722

Formula SF722 by Thorne Research

undecylenic acid - potent fatty acid support of healthy gut and vaginal flora*

  • Thorne's innovative approach for healthy gut flora*
  • six times more effective than caprylic acid
  • maintains healthy vaginal flora*
  • one of our best selling products for over 20 years

Product Information

Optimal gastrointestinal tract functioning is vital to the absorption of nutrients, elimination of waste, and proper immune function.* Many health-care practitioners consider gut function and especially good gut ecology - maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora, the microorganisms that normally live in the digestive tract - to be a key component to overall health.* Many situations can contribute to an imbalance in the microbial flora of the digestive tract, including an unhealthy diet, inadequate digestive enzymes, oral contraceptives, and the use of various prescription and OTC drugs. Increasing recognition is also being given in women's health to the relationship between gut flora and vaginal flora; i.e., a healthy balance of gut flora has corresponding benefit to the vaginal flora.*

Fatty acids have been used for centuries to help maintain a healthy balance of the microorganisms that normally live in the gastrointestinal tract.* In the last 50 years, fatty acids have demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a healthy gut flora in a number of studies.*

Undecylenic acid (10-undecenoic acid) is an eleven-carbon, mono-unsaturated fatty acid occurring naturally in the body's perspiration. While several fatty acids have beneficial effects on the flora that naturally inhabit the gastrointestinal tract, undecylenic acid is the most potent.*

A Thorne Research innovation, Formula SF722 contains undecylenic acid in a base of pure, extra-virgin olive oil. Formula SF722 aids in the establishment of healthy gut and vaginal flora and has been one of Thorne Research's best-selling products for over two decades.*


Five Gelcaps Contain:
10-Undecenoic Acid 250 mg.
Other Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Gelatin (from tilapia) and Glycerin (vegetable source) gelcap.

Contains ingredient derived from fish (tilapia).
Suggested Use: Take 5 gelcaps two to three times daily or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.

Servings Per Container: 50

Statements and Warnings

This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

The gelatin used in the SF722 softgel is derived from fish.

This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, or magnesium, calcium, or vegetable stearates.

If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.

There are no known adverse interactions or contraindications at publication date.

It is not recommended to remove the SF722 liquid from the capsule to take orally, as it can be irritating to the oral mucosa.

Price:   $34.60 

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Daily Omega-3, 90 capsules

Daily Omega-3, 90 capsules by Innate Response Formulas

Daily Omega-3 was created exclusively from pure cold-water fish, a whole food source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Current research has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are abundant in cold-water fish, are effective in promoting heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for the health of joints, skin, eyes, reproductive and nervous systems.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of lipid compounds essential to our health and well-being. The two most important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. The body needs EPA in order to produce the beneficial series 3- prostaglandins (PG3). PG3's are hormone-like substances that have beneficial effects on blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, kidney function, inflammatory response, reproductive and immune functions. DHA is required for the normal development and function of the brain, eyes, nervous and reproductive systems.

Product Code: 70034

Price:   $23.95 

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Super EPA Pro

Super EPA Pro (120) by Thorne Research

Highly-concentrated EPA for maintenance of healthy lipid levels*

  • green technology - Supercritical Fluid Technology (CO2 extraction) for maximum EPA concentration
  • 650 mg EPA/100 mg DHA per gelcap
  • incomparable purity and quality you expect from Thorne
  • capsule size is about 20% smaller than equivalent competitor products
  • free of heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins

Product Information

Studies demonstrate that the higher the concentration of EPA in a capsule, the more effective it is in maintaining healthy triglyceride levels.* Quite simply, it's what is NOT in the capsule that is key. For example, a typical 1,000 mg fish oil capsule might have 300-500 mg of omega-3s and 500-700 mg of other saturated and unsaturated fats per capsule - fats that can interfere with the efficacy of the omega-3s.

Super EPA Pro is manufactured using Supercritical Fluid Technology, which utilizes low temperatures and standardized pressures. The result is a pure, highly-concentrated product containing 650 mg EPA and 100 mg DHA per softgel. The low temperatures used in the extraction process assure maintenance of molecular integrity. During the processing the product is manufactured under a nitrogen blanket to ensure the supercritical oil stays fresh throughout the process, preventing oxidation of the oils.

Super EPA Pro contains omega-3 oils from small, non-accumulating fish, harvested from pristine Peruvian waters. The fish oil is from a sustainable source, which is monitored closely by sonar buoys to determine how many fish are in a particular area in order to prevent depletion of the population. The result is the most sustainable source of wild fish in the marketplace.


Two Gelcaps Contain:
Calories 20
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2 g.
Saturated Fat 0 g.
Trans Fat 0 g.
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid Ethyl Ester) (from Fish Oil*) 1,300 mg.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid Ethyl Ester) (from Fish Oil*) 200 mg.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (from tilapia), Purified Water and Glycerin (vegetable source) gelcap, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols).

*This product uses Supercritical CO2 extracted and chromatographed fish oil derived solely from anchovies.

Contains ingredients derived from fish (gelatin = tilapia) (fish oil = anchovy).

Suggested Use: Take 2 gelcaps two times daily or as recommended by your health-care practitioner.


This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, magnesium stearate, or stearic acid.

If pregnant or nursing, do not use this product.

DHEA may potentiate the effect of thyroid hormone replacement.

Size: 120

Price:   $76.10 

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