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Thursday, 05 April 2018
Not so fishy fish oils! Sona Launch New Smoothie Fish Oil Range
Today Sona launched two new fish oil products as part of its large range of Irish vitamins. ZOMEGA 3 and ZOMEGA 3 for Kids is a new innovation in the fish oil category. Designed as a tasty smoothie, the mango flavour (for women) and the Tutti Frutti flavour (for kids), provide 100% of the daily recommended Omega-3 dose, including EPA and DHA and added vitamins including Folic Acid, B12 and Vitamin D12 for women and vitamin K and B1-6 for kids.
Fish oils have long been hailed as an essential supplement to take as part of a balanced diet. However, individuals often find the taste and texture hard to ingest. These smoothies offer all the great benefits of a fish oil, without the strong after taste.
DHA, a component fatty acid of Omega-3, is a key ingredient in ZOMEGA 3 and is responsible for the healthy development of the brain, heart and vision.
With this in mind, fish oils benefit a huge variety of health issues. For women, taking fish oils regularly is highly recommended. Omega-3, a type of polyunsaturated fat, is key to optimal health as the human body cannot produce it on its own. For kids, fish oil is essential for brain development.
Some key benefits to women included:
Benefits before and after pregnancy
Omega-3 (notably DHA) has been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of a baby. However, the standard western diet is severely deficient in these critical nutrients. This Omega-3 dietary deficiency is compounded by the fact that pregnant women become depleted in Omega-3s because the foetus uses Omega-3s for its nervous system development.
Research has confirmed that adding DHA to the diet of pregnant women has a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of the baby. Studies have also shown that higher consumption of Omega-3 may reduce the risk of allergies in infants*1.
Omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on the pregnancy itself. Increased intake of EPA and DHA has been shown to prevent pre-term labour and delivery, lower the risk of preeclampsia, and may increase birth weight. Omega-3 deficiency also increases the mother’s risk for depression.
Alleviates rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis affects more women than men, and women also appear to suffer more severe symptoms*. Several studies on fish oils and rheumatoid arthritis have shown that fish oil significantly decreases joint pain and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Protects against osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density over time. Starting off with a lower bone density, women are at a naturally higher risk for osteoporosis than men. For women with a genetic predisposition, the risk is even higher.
A systematic review of Omega-3 and osteoporosis published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2012 reported significant favourable effects of omega-3 on bone mineral density, however supplementation with calcium at the same time enhanced this effect*2.
Eases menstrual pain
Studies have found that Omega-3, well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, can help to soothe menstrual pain*2. There is also evidence to suggest that Omega-3 can help elevate PMS. It may help to bring hormonal fluctuations under control and stabilise mood.
Benefits of fish oil to kids
Omega-3 supports a child’s cognitive development. According to a study, children who were fed foods rich in or fortified with Omega-3 showed better hand-eye coordination, social skills, attention span, and intelligence tests (such as IQ test) scores*3.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for better vision or eye function.
An Oxford University study revealed that Omega-3 in the blood increased a child’s ability to learn and behave better. They were better at reading and had fewer memory related problems*3.
SONA ZOMEGA 3 SMOOTHIE provides essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA in a sugar free, delicious smoothie with added vitamins, in a ‘Tutti Frutti’ flavour for kids and a mango flavour for women.
The new products are available now in pharmacies nationwide.
1. International Society of the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL)
2. KK Women and Children’s Hospital, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
3. Oxford University- study http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2012-09-07-omega-3-fatty-acids-could-improve-reading-and-behaviour