What are Omega-3 oils?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fats, meaning that our body needs them but does not produce on its own. Therefore, it is essential that we get them from either food or supplementation.
There are 3 types of Omega-3s: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). EPA and DHA are most commonly found in fish and are the most crucial to maintaining a healthy mind and body.
What’s the difference between ALA, EPA, and DHA?
ALA is readily available in foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. Although ALA can be transformed into EPA and DHA once consumed, its conversion rate is rather low.
EPA and DHA are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and are the biologically active form of ALA. While ALA can be useful, going straight to the source of EPA and DHA is more beneficial for your health. These are most readily available in fish and can even be supplemented in larger doses with fish oil.
Why should I take Omega-3s?
Omega-3s EPA and DHA help support the healthy functioning of the heart, brain, joints, eyes, central nervous and immune systems. Findings have shown that Omega-3s can also lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, slow plaque development in arteries, lower the chance of heart disease, and decrease inflammation.
How do Omega-3s support heart health?
Omega-3 fatty acids are types of unsaturated fatty acids that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can damage blood vessels, leading to an increased risk of heart disease. Omega-3s can also reduce triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and reduce blood clotting.
How do Omega-3s support brain health?
DHA is the most abundant Omega-3 found in the brain and is important in maintaining proper brain cell structure and function. Our brain contains over 100 billion brain cells (called neurons), and a daily intake of Omega-3s, specifically DHA, is essential to optimal brain health.
How do Omega-3s support joint health?
Omega-3s can be used as a weapon against sore joints, arthritis, and other types of joint pain. The anti-inflammatory properties found in Omega-3s allow our joints to have more mobility and less stiffness.
Why should I take Lýsi Cod Liver Oil?
Our Cod Liver Oil is the most balanced product in our diverse, international product portfolio. This is the case because it contains Omega-3s EPA and DHA, but also contains vitamins A, D, and E. If you are looking for a balanced, fresh tasting, efficient fish oil supplement which is sustainably sourced, refined, and bottled in Iceland, then you are at the right place!
Can children of all ages take Omega-3s?
Yes! Look for Omega-3 products with plenty of DHA. DHA is critical to the brain and eye development of children. This is why you see infant formula fortified with DHA, and why many pregnant and breastfeeding women are encouraged by their doctors to take it. So, whether you are pregnant or blessed with a toddler, Omega-3s are an excellent choice!
Can fish oil be bad for you?
In short, fish oil is one of the safest dietary supplements we can take. Lýsi products contain no gluten or milk derivatives, so it can fit a wide variety of preferences and diets.
With that being said, make sure that you consult your healthcare practitioner before taking more than the recommended daily dose for each supplement. While our products can reduce blood clotting, taking too many Omega-3s while taking other blood thinners can result in regular cuts abnormally bleeding.
Tell me about Lýsi
Established in 1938, Lýsi is the world’s largest producer of marine oils for human consumption and an original pioneer of fish oil production. We pride ourself in delivering high-quality products made with the best materials available and produced in accordance with strict international standards.
What is Lýsi’s refining process?
At the heart of what we do is the oil production process. Our unique process was first introduced by the Olafsson brothers in the 1940s, and laid the foundation for the highly specialized production process we see today. Our high-tech processing plants are equipped with specialized production units that facilitate different stages of this process. “Virgin” fish oils do not fully remove contaminants, skipping many important refinement steps. Our 5 step process is as follows:
- Neutralization – The oil is neutralized by removing free fatty acids
- Winterization – High melting triglycerides are removed by cooling the oil and filtering
- Distillation – The oil is stripped of contaminants by distillation under ultra-high vacuum and elevated temperature
- Bleaching – Pigments and contaminants are removed by the use of absorbents
- Deodorization – Volatile components are removed with steam injection under vacuum and high-temperature condition
Quality and raw materials
Lýsi products are unique in their use of the highest quality raw materials from Iceland. Fish from pure Icelandic waters and a network of trusted suppliers ensure our high standards. Lýsi products also meet official regulations regarding environmental contaminants and are available in accordance with all major governmental pharmacopoeias. With advanced extraction processes placing Lýsi at the forefront of global fish oil processing, all our products are of the highest quality possible.
Where are we fishing?
We believe in safeguarding our environment responsibly in order to protect it for future generations. This means that from sea to bottle, everything we do is done in accordance with our commitment to sustainability. All of our Icelandic cod liver oil must be sourced from wild fisheries certified by the Icelandic Responsible Fisheries (IRF). This program requires participating companies to adopt effective legal and administrative systems that prevent overfishing and comply with the strictest international requirements of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Fun fact: There are more cod in the cold waters of Iceland now than when we began operating in 1938.
There are several international certifications for which we are very proud to hold.
Iceland Responsible Fisheries (IRF)
Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED)
Friend of the Sea
Certified Sustainable Seafood (MSC)