F.A.Q.

Health

What is DPA?

The benefits of EPA and DHA (the two commonly found Omega-3’s in fish oil) have been well documented. However, very few oils on the market can boast the natural DPA level of Canadian Seal Oil, possibly the most important fatty acid of the group.

The full benefits of DPA have not yet been extensively studied due to the limited availability of the pure compound.

Different scientific researches have shown that DPA is of significant importance for the functioning of human metabolism, inflammation, cardiovascular health, triglyceride levels as well as neuroprotection.

  • Metabolism: The retro-conversion of DPA through EPA has a significant impact on functioning and diseases related to several organs and tissues.

  • Inflammation: Associated with higher levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP) and triglycerides, DPA can prevent or reduce the progression of chronic inflammatory diseases.

  • Cardiovascular Health: DPA is 10 times more effective than AEP in repairing damaged vessels.

  • Lowering triglycerides levels: Increased levels of EPA and DHA through DPA suggest that seal oil is just as effective as fish oil in decreasing triglyceride levels and blood pressure.

  • Neuroprotection: Like EPA and DHA, DPA also provides neuroprotective effects in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Click here for scientific studies showing the main results of DPA on health.

What is the difference between EPA, DHA and DPA?

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and DPA (docosapentaenoic acid) are omega-3 essential fatty acid found in seal oil. Fish oil only contains EPA and DHA.

Although DPA, EPA and DHA work together to ensure the proper functioning of the human body, scientific research has shown that each of these fatty acids have unique benefits.

EPA:

  • Cardiovascular health

  • Reduces joint inflammation

  • Lowers cholesterol

DHA :

  • Brain boosting

  • Pregnancy and breast feeding

  • Combat mood disorders

  • Improves ocular health

DPA :

  • 10 times more effective than EPA in repairing damaged vessels

  • More effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Increases the proportions of EPA and DHA for better results

Click here to learn more about the benefits of these 3 fatty acids.

What is the ratio Omega-6 / Omega-3 means for my body?

At the past, men were consuming an omega-6 / omega-3 ratio of about 1, whereas today, in western diets, the ratio is around 15/1. [1]  SeaDNA Omega -3 offers an omega-6 / omega-3 ratio of about 1 / 7.5. According to a scientific study, short-term seal oil supplementation regulates our omega-6 / omega-3 levels, thereby lowering the pain in the body and improving the quality of life for patients with joint pain. [2]

[1] Simopoulos AP. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56(8):365-79.

[2] Bjørkkjær et al. Short-term duodenal seal oil administration normalised n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratio in rectal mucosa and ameliorated bodily pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Lipids in Health and Disease 2006, 5:6 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-5-6

Can I consume SeaDNA seal oil if I am allergic or intolerant to fish and seafood?

Our seal oil is refined through a bleaching and deodorization process.  This crucial step eliminates impurities, heavy metals and virtually all protein (which is the compound that triggers the allergic reaction).  Nevertheless, anyone allergic to fish or seafood should consult a health care practitioner before taking SeaDNA Omega-3 seal oil.

What quantity of EPA/DHA/DPA is required each day?

The required level of Omega-3 for each individual will depend on many factors including age, sex, health condition, the amount of fish servings consumed on a weekly basis, etc.

According to the American Heart Association and Dietitians of Canada, the general adult population should take 500 mg of omega-3 per day. [1] [2]

The dosages of Omega-3 may be increased for people with various health problems.  For instance, several organizations such as the American Heart Association recommend that people with coronary heart disease take 1,000 mg of Omega-3 per day. They recommend that patients with high triglycerides level take 2,000–4,000 mg of combined EPA and DHA per day.[3] [4] [5]

Click here to find out about the intake recommendations provided by different organizations across the world.

 

[1] Kris-Etherton PM Innis S American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada (2007). Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: dietary fatty acids. J Am Diet Assoc 107:1599-1611.

[2] American Heart Association: www.heartcheckmark.org

[3] Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ; AHA Nutrition Committee. Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: new recommendations from the American Heart Association. American Heart Association. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2003 Feb 1;23(2):151-2.

[4] AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE SÉCURITÉ SANITAIRE DES ALIMENTS.  The Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Cardiovascular System : nutritional benefits and claims. < https://www.anses.fr/en/system/files/NUT-Ra-omega3EN.pdf >

[5] Heart Foundation. Fish, fi sh oils, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cardiovascular health. 2008 < https://heartfoundation.org.au/images/uploads/main/For_professionals/Fish-FishOils-position-statement.pdf >

How can I know if I have the right levels of omega-3 in my body?

If you’re interested in knowing how much omega-3 you should take or whether you are getting enough from fish or from supplements, then you should test your Omega-3 Index.

  • The Omega-3 Index is a measure of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA+DHA, in red blood cells.

  • If your index is 8% or greater, then you are in good shape. If your index is under 4%, which is typical of most Americans, progressing to an index closer to 8% is recommended.

  • An Omega-3 Index of 8% is achievable through daily intake of 500 mg EPA+DHA or through weekly consumption of two or more servings of fatty fish. [1] [2] [3] [4]

[1] Sands SA, Reid KJ, Windsor SL, Harris WS. The impact of age, body mass index, and fish intake on the EPA and DHA content of human erythrocytes. Lipids 2005; 40: 343-7.

[2] Harris WS, von Schacky C. The omega-3 index: a new risk factor for death from coronary heart disease. Preventive Medicine 2004; 39: 212-20.

[3] Gidding SS, Lichtenstein AH, Faith MS, et al. Implementing American Heart Association pediatric and adult nutrition guidelines: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council for High Blood Pressure. Circulation 2009; 119: 1161-75.

[4] Lichtenstein AH, Appel LJ, Brands M, et al. Diet and lifestyle recommendations revision 2006: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. Circulation 2006; 114: 82-96.

Is there an optimal time during the day to take omega-3 fatty acids?

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How long do I have to take seal oil for?

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Why do SeaDNA Omega-3 have better absorption rates than other fish oils?

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How soon after starting to take fish oil will I start seeing benefits?

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Products & ingredients

What are the pros and cons of liquids and soft gels with particular attention to absorption?

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Am I going to have fishy burps?

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What are the other ingredients in your seal oil products?

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Source and process

What seal species are used in your products?

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Where and how are the seal used in your products caught?

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Are the seal sources you use considered sustainable?

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Do you make your products yourselves?

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What part of the seal does the oil come from?

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What process is used to refine the oil?

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Chemistry and quality

What is the shelf life of your products, opened and unopened?

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What's the difference between Natural Triglycerides and Ethyl Esters?

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What makes up the “other omega-3s”?

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How much cholesterol is in your products?

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How many calories are in your products?

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What antioxidants are utilized in your oil and how do they work?

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What are your softgels made of?

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Safety and toxicity

Is it harmful to take seal oil after the expiration date?

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Do your products contain toxins or contaminants?

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Are your products safe for pregnant women to consume?

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Is SeaDNA Omega-3 third-party tested?

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Health

Why is seal meat good for health?

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What is heme iron?

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What are the benefits of a natural hormone free meat?

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Products & ingredients

Why does game meat taste "gamy"?

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Is game meat organic?

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Where does SeaDNA meats purchase their meat from?

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Is your meat naturally raised and/or hormone free?

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Can I purchase an entire seal carcass from SeaDNA?

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Source and process

What are the steps for human harvesting?

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Quality

Why SeaDNA meat is of exceptional quality?

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Safety and toxicity

Others

How should game meat be cooked?

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