Omega-3s are fatty acids that, like omega-6, are deemed essential fatty acids, as they are important for health, but we cannot produce them in the body. Intake of omega-3s from the diet has decreased in recent years.
EPA and DHA are two of the main forms of omega-3 fatty acids.
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are long-chain fatty acids, which are highly unsaturated (polyunsaturated). One of the main sources of both is fish oil from cold water fish.
EPA has a physiological function. The proven benefits of EPA are:
- Contributes to normal heart function
- Contributes to normal blood function
EPA is an anti-inflammatory.
DHA has a physiological function. The proven benefits of DHA are:
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function
- Contributes to normal heart function
DHA is especially important for brain and eye development during pregnancy and early childhood.
Though beneficial, the third omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (Alpha-linolenic acids), has less potent health benefits than the other omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA.
ALA omega-3 can be found in plant-based foods such as flaxseeds, avocado and walnuts.
EPA and DHA fatty acids can be made from ALA in our bodies, but there is limited conversion. Making EPA and DHA from ALA happens very slowly and only small amounts are formed. It is therefore recommended that the best way to get EPA and DHA is to eat foods rich in these fatty acids, as well as supplementing the diet, with products such as those from MINAMI®.
Most people see a benefit from using a high-strength omega-3 supplement within 3 to 12 weeks based on studies. However, it depends on whether they are taking sufficient amounts and also the right ratio of EPA to DHA.
While there are no official health warnings regarding taking omega-3 supplements with medication, it is always recommended to check with a healthcare professional before taking something new.
Foods and supplement sources differ in the amount of omega-3 fatty acids they contain. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet has been declining in recent years, so using fish oil supplements provides a readily available source of these key nutrients.
Yes, VeganDHA is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans
Yes, all capsules can be broken if you cannot swallow capsules. They are fruit-flavoured to mask the taste of fish oil.
MINAMI® products can be taken at any time of day, but we would recommend that you only take them with food.
· MorDHA Mini 3+
· MorDHA Junior 6+
MorEPA Move, MoreEPA Cholesterol and Plu-Shinz O-3 are popular supplements with people over 50.
MINAMI® produces optimum strength omega-3 supplements, which contain fewer unnecessary fatty acids, unlike other brands. These products are manufactured using CO2, through a supercritical process that ensures high purity.
MorEPA Platinum and MorEPA Move.
EMAS (Eco-management and Audit Scheme) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.
Friends of the Sea certified means that our fish oil is derived from a sustainable source.
Friend of the Sea’s mission is to protect the oceans for future generations by promoting certified sustainable seafood and omega-3 from sustainable fishing, sustainable aquaculture and other ocean-friendly products, as well as by supporting and developing conservation projects and campaigns to protect endangered species.
All the products apart from VeganDHA contain fish.
MoreEPA Move also contains soya.
MINAMI® supplements should be stored in a cool, dry place, below 25°C.
Avoid direct sunlight and do not freeze.
The omega-3 oil in this product is tested on protein from squid (Mollusc) and protein from fish. It is not tested on the softgel as a whole.
The test is performed after the production of the omega-3 oil. It is a PCR detection test on fish/squid DNA.
A PCR (polymerase chain reduction) test is a means of identifying a DNA or RNA sample, often at low levels. So, if the test is being done on the omega-3 oil, then the test is looking for DNA residues in the oil and checking the source. No testing is done on the live animals.
The fish gelatin that is used for this product is made from fish skin.
The species (mostly) are: Basa (Pangasianodon hypophtalmus) and Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).
In our experience, these fish species are most commonly used for fish gelatin.
Our fish oil products are derived from anchovies, sardines and mackerel
The fish are harvested from the fresh waters off Peru and Chile.
This is an extraction method that uses CO2 to separate omega-3 essential fatty acids in order to produce high-strength EPA and DHA supplements. The process removes harmful contaminants and other fats that are not beneficial to the body, resulting in a product that excels in quality and purity.
CO2 extraction means the desired plant extract has been pulled from a matrix using supercritical CO2 as an extraction medium. This helps to obtain a purer extract. In contrast, no extraction of any particular component takes place during cold-pressing.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is a naturally occurring non-psychotropic compound found in and extracted from hemp plants. CBD is one of the most abundant compounds in hemp, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is not psychoactive and so will not make you high.
This is a relatively recently discovered complex that combines both the immune and nervous systems and helps to keep the body in a healthy balanced state.
Within this system are many neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids), which are required to relay information from cell to cell, throughout the body. In order to do this, the endocannabinoids have to attach to receptors on the cell’s surface, including the main ones known as CB1 and CB2.
There is evidence that phytocannabinoids may act in a similar way to endocannabinoids and interact with the same cell receptors.
These are types of neurotransmitters that are required for proper cell signalling, which make up part of our endocannabinoid system in the body. This complex system involves both our nervous and immune systems, which helps to keep the body in a healthy, balanced state.
There are two important endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) and Anandamide (AEA), which have actions on the two main cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2.
Phytocannabinoids act in a similar way to many cannabinoids and may activate the same receptors i.e. CB1 and CB2.
If the body is not producing enough endocannabinoids, clinical endocannabinoid deficiency can occur, which the science suggests could possibly lead to conditions such as fibromyalgia, pain, anorexia, depression, IBS, migraine, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, motion sickness and autism.
Firstly, the body needs the right balance of essential fatty acids in order to produce endocannabinoids. Since we consume plenty of omega-6 in our diet, it may be necessary to supplement with omega-3 to ensure we are obtaining the right balance for this to occur.
Next, since CBD is a phytocannabinoid, it may work in a similar way to endocannabinoids and therefore have a synergistic action with omega-3.
Finally, as CBD is fat-soluble, it requires fat to be absorbed by the body and this is achieved through the addition of omega-3 fatty acids. Supplementing with omega-3 may help with the absorption of CBD.
No, CBD is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
The entourage effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together, instead of ingesting one component at a time.
The term full spectrum refers to the fact that the full plant is used in the extraction process, so all active ingredients are present.
Yes, this product provides a variety of phytocannabinoids, including CBDa, making it full spectrum. This is considered the best way of taking CBD supplements, since the phytocannabinoids may all act in synergy with each other for greater effect. CBD isolates only contain CBD, so they are not considered full spectrum and they may also be synthetic.
All high-quality CBD products contain some level of THC (yes, even those that claim ‘THC-free’). It is not possible to extract full spectrum CBD (from the whole plant) without THC. However, it is possible to extract in such a way that the level of THC is so low, it’s virtually undetectable. MINAMI® CBD contains <0.025% THC, meaning it has zero to undetectable levels of THC.
The EFSA safety limit of THC is 1µg/kg/body weight/per day. MINAMI® CBD contains 0.43µg/kg/body weight/per day, which is well below the legal limit. Many competitor products contain significantly more THC than the legal EFSA limit (even those that claim ‘THC-free’).
The levels of THC in MINAMI® are so low that they are virtually undetectable. MINAMI® CBD is exceptionally pure and potent (meaning it holds true to its natural plant form) due to our advanced extraction process.
Each batch is independently tested to ensure it contains less than the minimum legal THC levels.
CBD starts working within 20 minutes to an hour after the capsules are taken, dependant on the individual. These effects usually last for up to 5 hours.