AHIFLOWER® Oil is one of the richest natural plant-based sources of omega-3 SDA known.
SDA in AHIFLOWER Oil converts more efficiently to the fatty acid found in fish oil. Unlike the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in most plants, AHIFLOWER Oil contains the omega-3 stearidonic acid (SDA) which converts more readily to EPA. The body converts SDA to EPA at a rate of up to 30%, compared to a typical conversion rate of ALA of 3-6%. Thus much larger quantities of ALA oils (such as flaxseed shown below) are required to achieve the same benefit.
Omega-3 stearidonic acid (SDA) in AHIFLOWER Oil converts more efficiently in circulating cells in our bodies to long-chain omega-3 EPA found most often in algal and fish oil. Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is found in many plant oils like flax, chia, perilla, and sacha inchi, however they lack any SDA. AHIFLOWER Oil has the highest commercially-available SDA content from a single non-GM plant.
Not all omega-3s are created equal
In the human body, several precursor fatty acids are converted into heart-healthy eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Among them, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and stearidonic acid (SDA) are both available from plant sources, but with significant differences.
Conversion efficiency of SDA vs. ALA
Following the consumption of foods containing ALA, human tissues are exposed to very little of the beneficial types of omega-3 fatty acids. As a result, plant sources of ALA, such as flaxseed and canola oils, convert relatively inefficiently to EPA in the human body.
SDA converts efficiently to EPA
Plants that contain SDA, on the other hand, provide much higher conversion to EPA. Moreover, studies have shown that consuming SDA can help maintain heart health through conversion to EPA in the body after ingestion, leading to more tissue enrichment with beneficial omega-3s.
AHIFLOWER Oil offers superior levels of SDA in comparison to other naturally occurring plant sources, providing approximately 60% more SDA than echium oil and 6-10 times more than hempseed oil.