SFI Health

Essential fatty acids

Our unique combination is a scientifically  researched ratio of EPA:DHA:GLA that is 9:3:1

We all know we’re supposed to eat oily fish to get our quota of essential fatty acids. But what are they and why are they so important?

Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in brain growth and development.**1,2,3

Dietary fats are part of our everyday diet. They belong to a larger group of compounds called lipids. Lipids help build our cell membranes and are vital to our central nervous system – making up about 50-60% of the weight of our brain!4

Of these brain lipids, approximately 35% are made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are PUFAs that cannot be made or stored by your body and must be provided by food or supplements. 

Today, in many countries, the typical diet may not be optimal in these EFAs. Equazen provides a balanced supplementation of Omega-3 (EPA, DHA) and Omega-6 (GLA) fatty acids to people who want to increase the amount of fatty acids in their diet. Equazen is made from a synergistic and balanced scientifically researched ratio of EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1, 

Discover more about the unique combination used by SFI and how it works.

Why are fatty acids important for the brain?

Approximately 35% of our brain’s lipids are made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Brain cell membranes, the outer layer of the cell, are rich in fatty acids, which studies suggest may help ‘gate keep’ what can come in and out of the cell.6 Without PUFAs the membrane may not function as it is intended to.

Because of their important role in the regulation of your cells, PUFAs are important for different reasons throughout your lifespan. They are essential as key regulators of neurotransmission, neurogenesis, stress response, inflammation and emotional states.

PUFAs contain a class of fatty acids called essential fatty acids, which are vital for good health. Of these essential fatty acids there are two types, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, that can’t be synthesised or produced by your body. To ensure you have enough, you will need to consume them in your diet through food sources or supplements.

Why are fatty acids important for the brain?

The unique combination used by Equazen: EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1

Two types of EFAs to focus on are linoleic acid and ∝-linolenic acid. Both of these EFAs are needed for growth and development** and can’t be produced by the human body. In their consumable form, these two fatty acids form other fatty acids that your body can use, such as EPA (Omega-3), DHA (Omega-3) and GLA (Omega-6).

Our unique combination is a scientifically researched ratio of EPA:DHA:GLA that is 9:3:1. EFA experts developed the ratio to ensure a synergistic and balanced formulation.

The unique combination used by Equazen: EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1

How Equazen: EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1 works

Over the years, our diet has changed causing a shift in the types of foods we eat, and the amount of Omega-3, which we classify as “healthier” foods, such as vegetables and fish has decreased.  As these healthier foods are being substituted more and more for foods that are more processed and convenient, their nutritional value tends to go down, as well as their likelihood to contain these Omega-3 fatty acids!

EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1 works to provide a balanced supplementation of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to people who want to increase the amount of fatty acids in their diet.

How Equazen: EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1 works

Equazen: EPA:DHA:GLA=9:3:1. A Summary

Scientifically formulated ratio of fatty acids (9:3:1)

Specially formulated to provide a balanced supplementation of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids

Consistent quality

Equazen carry out rigorous processes, quality controls and extensive testing to ensure consistency in the unique and specific 9:3:1 scientifically researched formulation.

Scientifically and Clinically Researched

>8 clinical trials

Clinical research

Lifestyle insight

While there are many important fats and fatty acids, it's a good idea to get to know their importance and why you can't live without them.

Our Source to Patient journey

We take great pride in our unique Omega-3 with Omega-6 food supplements and use only high quality ingredients and processing techniques, in order to maintain the consistency that our customers come to expect over the years.

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*DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA.

**Essential fatty acids (ALA) & (LA) are needed for normal growth and development of children. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 2g of a-linolenic acid (ALA) and a daily intake of 10g of linoleic acid (LA).

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