Ideal Omega Combination
In addition to stearidonic acid (SDA), AHIFLOWER® Oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) for a total omega-3 content >60%—plus the omega-6 fatty acids linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) for a total omega-6 content >15%—all of which have reported health benefits.
For consumers looking to combine the benefits of taking borage seed or evening primrose seed oils with those of omega-3 oils, AHIFLOWER Oil is an ideal solution because it contains what many leading nutritionists consider the optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, which is 4-to-1 or greater.
While consumption of essential fatty acids (EFAs) can occur with daily food intake, not all EFAs are metabolized equally in the body. Most notable are the conversion of LA––found in soybean and canola oils––to GLA and the conversion of ALA––found in flaxseed oil––to SDA. Both of these critical conversion steps require the use of a liver enzyme called delta-6-desaturase (D6d). The effectiveness of this enzyme is greatly impacted by factors such as health, diet, and lifestyle. It is often cited as the rate-limiting step in humans not receiving an adequate amount of omega-3 metabolites from their diet.
Since AHIFLOWER Oil naturally contains high levels of SDA, GLA, ALA, and LA, AHIFLOWER Oil greatly increases the biological availability of the required omega-3 metabolites, thus reducing the dependence on this single enzyme. For vegans, vegetarians, and people generally concerned about eco-sustainability and purity in marine-sourced EFAs—AHIFLOWER Oil is an ideal new dietary option. See chart.