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Ahiflower® Oil Science & Research

Why is Ahiflower better than fish oil?

  • Fish oil supplements are not sustainable. Nearly 50% of all marine fish have been killed off.
  • Ahiflower is sustainably grown, renewable and Crop 365 Certified, traceable from soil to oil.

Industrial fishing, pollution and climate change have killed off half of marine life and 76% of freshwater wildlife in just 40 years according to a WWF report. Ahiflower is the responsible alternative

http://blog.wwf.ca/blog/2015/09/16/essential-fish-populations-crash-by-50-finds-wwfs-living-blue-planet-report/

A report by the NGO Sustainable Fisheries Partnership found that 37.5% of fisheries accounting for 3.5 million tonnes of fish stocks destined for fish oil supplements were given the lowest grade, which includes overfishing and total allowable catches above advised levels. http://www.nutraingredients.com/Suppliers2/Fish-stocks-for-supplements-poorly-managed-Report

Already, 29% of edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90%— a drop that means the collapse of these fisheries. http://micheli.stanford.edu/pdf/45-Wormetal2006Science.pdf

Why take omega 3’s?

What about Krill oil or Salmon Oil?

Supplementation with a blend of krill and salmon oil is associated with increased metabolic risk in overweight men http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2015/05/27/ajcn.114.103028 About 95% of Americans may have sub-optimal levels of omega-3s that put them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study. Could widespread low omega-3 levels be putting American hearts at risk?

DHA and EPA – Why the emphasis on EPA with Ahiflower?

Research suggests it may be better for vegetarians and vegans to NOT take DHA. Taking DHA (like from fish or even vegan algae supplements) may reduce the body’s enzymes that convert ALA to DHA. According to the study below, those getting an external source of DHA (fish or DHA supplements) actually had lower DHA blood levels than those who consumed no fish at all!

Dietary intake and status of n–3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in a population of fish-eating and non-fish-eating meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans and the precursor-product ratio of {alpha}-linolenic acid to long-chain n–3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: results from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/92/5/1040.full

“Furthermore, the average DHA level in fish eaters was 271 micromoles per liter, compared with 241.3, 223.5, and 286.4 micromoles per liter for non-fish-eating meat-eaters, vegetarians, or vegans. “…the precursor-product ration from plant-derived ALA to circulating long chain n-3 PUFAs was significantly greater in non-fish eaters than in those who ate fish,” wrote the researchers.

But what did the study say about EPA?

EPA was lower in those who did not eat fish or supplement. “…the average EPA level in fish eaters was 64.7 micromoles per liter, compared with 57.1, 55.1, and 50 micromoles per liter for non-fish-eating meat-eaters, vegetarians, or vegans.”

So what are the benefits of EPA? EPA is good for the heart and muscles!

  1. Athletes – In the research below, EPA increased muscle protein synthesis by 25% and decreased muscle loss by 22%, while DHA had no effect on either.

The effect of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid on protein synthesis and breakdown in murine C2C12 myotubes. Kamolrat T, Gray SR. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23438435 “Data revealed that after incubation with EPA protein synthesis was 25% greater (P<0.05) compared to control cells, with no effect of DHA. Protein breakdown was 22% (P<0.05) lower, compared to control cells, after incubation with EPA, with no effect of DHA.”

What is the best source of EPA from plants? AhiFlower was shown in research link to increase cellular EPA levels up to 400% more than Flax, and higher than Chia and Hemp! Ahiflower increases EPA higher than any other single Non-GMO plant.

What is the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in Ahiflower? AhiFlower contains the most commonly recognized “ideal ratio” of 4:1 Omega 3 to 6.

What about DHA and GLA?

AhiFlower contains ALA which converts to DHA. AhiFlower is not only a complete Omega 3-6-9 also contains beneficial anti-inflammatory GLA, which is not found in fish oil. GLA levels were shown to actually decrease when Flax is consumed.

Summary:

  1. The New King of Plant Omega 3’s – AhiFlower is the richest effective Omega 3 plant source and the highest naturally occurring source of SDA (a Pro-EPA), from any single non-GMO plant.
  2. Better EPA than Flax, Chia or Hemp – How much better? In a published human in vivo study, Ahiflower increased cellular EPA levels up to 400% more than Flax and higher than Chia, Hemp or any other Non-GMO plant source. Why? SDA (stearidonic acid), which converts to EPA 3-5 times better than ALA (even more in men). http://ahiflower.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Lefort-Ahiflower-J-Nutr-Sci-2016.pdf
  3. Better DHA than Fish or Algae Oils – Vegans/Vegetarians may increase DHA with ALA better than taking supplements with DHA (fish oil or algae oil). (see study above)
  4. EPA for Athletes – Study: EPA increased Muscle Protein Synthesis by 25% and decreased muscle loss by 22%!
  5. Most Ecological – Fish oil is unsustainable. Ahiflower is sustainably grown in the UK, renewable and Crop 365 Certified, traceable from soil to oil.
  6. Perfectly Balanced Omega 3 – Ahiflower contains the perfect 4:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, is a complete Omega 3, 6 & 9 and contains beneficial GLA, not found in fish oil and GLA levels were actually lowered with Flax oil consumption.
  7. Clean Machine First Again – Clean Machine is the first sports nutrition brand with AhiFlower Oil.
  8. Researched, Safe and Effective – AhiFlower is trademarked, patented protected and is FDA GRAS, natural, vegan, non-GMO and gluten free and is supported by multiple studies.