Smart and complete—and it tastes great! To make our Omega-3 milk we use ultra-purified, wild ocean-caught fish oil—a powerful compliment to our delicious,
pasture-raised organic milk, which is already loaded with CLAs and ALA Omega-3.
Our reputable Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited Meg-3® fish oil is sourced from real fish -- EPA/DHA-rich anchovies and sardines wild harvested by a sustainable fishery in Peru. The Peruvian upwelling region, where the cold Antarctic waters meet the steep continental shelf off the west coast of South America, is one of the richest marine environments in the world. The fishery is highly regulated and protected by the Peruvian government to ensure that it remains biodiverse and entirely sustainable. In fact, it has maintained a consistent anchovy and sardine population for the past 50 years, and with careful stewardship, it will continue well into the future.
Not at all! Our fish oil supplement is made using a proprietary and innovative micro-encapsulation process. In this process, fish oil concentrate is preserved in micro-sized particles by a shell coating, which provides an oxygen barrier resulting in an extended shelf life; a taste profile barrier eliminating fish oil taste and odor; an extremely high nutritional density of Omega-3 fish oil; a delivery form that is effectively absorbed; and a protective barrier from shear and temperature changes, allowing for mixing and baking in foods. So we recommend not only drinking Omega-3 milk, but using it to make puddings, custards, shakes and soups. You'll love the clean, creamy taste!
While fish can and should play a role in a healthy diet, many people don't eat enough to get the full benefits. And with any fish product, it is important to choose sources that are safe and sustainable. Organic Valley uses encapsulated, ultra-purified oil (safety) sources from wild ocean-caught fish from a well-regulated sustainable fishery (sustainability). The end result is the purest and safest source of Omega-3 available.
Organic Valley's fortified Omega-3 milk can help us safely reach our national dietary guidelines. Each 8-ounce serving contains 50 mg of DHA and EPA, plus at least 25 mg (for reduced-fat milk, or 50mg or more for whole milk) of ALA Omega-3s, which are naturally found in the milk of cows on pasture. Three delicious glasses contribute 150 milligrams EPA and DHA (225 to 300 mg total Omega-3) to our daily needs. It all adds up to your good health!
Additional reasons to choose Organic Valley's Omega-3 milk for your family:
Organic Valley has always been committed to offering diverse product choices for our customers. Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to our already healthful, wholesome organic milk was a natural decision when we saw growing consumer demand and clear nutritional benefits.
For example, it's estimated that 85% of Americans are deficient in the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA (1), and our deficiency coincides with an increase in both cardiovascular disease and mental illness (2). In fact, if you asked Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a prominent Omega-3 researcher with the U.S. Public Health Service, he'd likely tell you Omega-3s are necessary to be happy, healthy and smart! He describes the brain and heart disorders resulting from Omega-3 deficiency, as the "biggest challenges to the future of humanity!"(3).
There are two kinds of "essential" polyunsaturated fatty acids (EFAs): Omega-6 and Omega-3. (Their names describe their molecular structure -- specifically, the location of a double bond linking together two carbon atoms on a long chain.) These fats are "essential," because our bodies can't make them, so we have to get them from our diet.
Omega-6, also called Linoleic Acid (LA), is found in corn, soy, safflower and cottonseed oils. Because Omega-6 fats are so abundant in our food supply (compared to Omega-3s), they create an unhealthy imbalance.
Omega-3 fats include: Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA); Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA); and, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). ALA is a short-chain Omega-3, found mostly in plant sources, such as flax and greens. EPA and DHA are the long-chain Omega-3s found naturally in fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, herring and sardines.
Even though plant oils such as flax contain beneficial ALA, our bodies can't convert ALA to the longer chain EPA and DHA very efficiently, so it's best to get EPA and DHA directly from fish, foods fortified with fish oil, or fish oil supplements (3-5). Plus, because DHA and EPA work in concert, or synergistically, they deliver the biggest health benefits when consumed in combination (3). Think of EPA and DHA as the "powerhouse" Omega-3s.
Many and counting! EPA and DHA, specifically from fatty fish or fish oil, have been shown to help prevent and manage a variety of chronic diseases and support optimal development throughout our lifecycle (3-6).
For example, Omega-6 fats tend to be pro-inflammatory. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory, so they are helpful in reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis and asthma (3, 4).
The 2010 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifically recommends consuming at least two, 4-ounce servings of seafood each week to provide an average of 250 milligrams per day of both EPA and DHA to help prevent heart disease and reduce cardiac deaths (6). The American Dietetic Association advises 500 milligrams per day of combined DHA and EPA (7), while Registered Dietitian and Omega-3 expert Evelyn Tribole recommends 600 milligrams daily (1).
Omega-3 fats also play a unique role in our mental health. They simply help us feel happy. For example, Omega-3 deficiency can contribute to, worsen, and predict depression, aggression, impulsive and addictive behaviors, and even suicidal thoughts (3). For these reasons, the American Psychiatric Association recommends that people with major depression take a daily Omega-3 supplement, with 1 gram (1,000 milligrams) per day of DHA and EPA combined, in addition to their regular medications (2).
Omega-3s also show promise in protecting our vision and cognitive health as we age, as well as helping to prevent some cancers and obesity (3-5, 8).
YES! Not only are Omega-3 fats safe, they're beneficial and highly recommended for pregnant and lactating women (3, 5, 6, 8). In fact, our National Dietary Guidelines upped their fish recommendations for pregnant and lactating women to 12 ounces of a variety of seafood each week to "improve infant health outcomes."
However, it's important to make sure that the seafood or fish is low in mercury and high in EPA and DHA. Take care to avoid fish known to be highest in mercury (tilefish, king mackerel, shark and swordfish (6)), and supplement your diet with omega-3 milk. It all adds up to a healthy baby.
Kurt Barnhart, M.D., a specialist in women's health and reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine in Philadelphia describes pregnancy as a "window into women's health today and the future with lasting effects on children's health" (9).
In other words, there is no more critical time for a woman to take care of herself than while she is pregnant and nursing her baby. Optimal nourishment during pregnancy, lactation and childhood is critical to the whole family's health and future wellbeing.
During pregnancy, lactation and early childhood, the long chain Omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, work together to support brain, eye, cognitive and social development. These fats even improve your baby's verbal I.Q., when measured years later during childhood (3, 5, 6). You can see how fish got its reputation for being "brain food!"
A mother's intake of EPA and DHA during pregnancy also offers the baby protection from developing allergies and upper respiratory infections during childhood (8).
Finally, Omega-3s hold promise in preventing postpartum depression. Here again both DHA and EPA work together to provide the best antidepressant effect. DHA alone won't help depression (3).
Disclaimer: The advice above is not intended to replace that of your physician. Please talk to your doctor whenever you make changes to your diet.