Essential fatty acids are required for human growth and development and must be consumed because the body does not have the ability to make these nutrients. EPA, or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA C20:5 n-3), and DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA C22:6 n-3), are long-chain, highly unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The primary source of these vital nutrients is marine fish. Although some plants contain omega-3s, they are a shorter-chained fatty acids and much less beneficial.
Compelling scientific studies illustrate how important omega-3s are to human and animal health. Fish oil is currently prescribed by some doctors to lower cholesterol and to treat a host of other ailments such as:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Retinitis/Macular Degeneration
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Daybrook’s fishmeal and fish oil products are high in these omega-3s. When utilized in aquaculture and animal feeds, the benefits are carried up the food chain so that the farmed-raised salmon, trout, and shrimp purchased by consumers are even more nutritious.
Daybrook Gulf Menhaden Fish Oil – Proximate Composition
|Free Fatty Acid (as Oleic), (%)||1.30||1 – 3|
|Moisture (%)||0.19||0.1 – 0.5|
|Impurities (%)||0.02||0.01 – 0.08|
|Iodine Value (Wijs)||165||147 – 180|
|Color (Gardner Scale)||10+||10 – 12|
|Total Omega 3 Fatty Acids, (%)||29.74||26 – 32|
|Total EPA + DPA + DHA||24.13||22 – 26|
|Total Omega 6 Fatty Acids (%)||4.33||3 – 5.5|
|Peroxide Value (PV)||3.6||2.0 – 5.0|
|Anisidine Value (AV)||15.2||11.0 – 20.0|
|TOTOX||22.4||13.0 – 29.0|
Source: The Healthiest Omega-3s EPA and DHA Are Found Mainly in Fish Oil and Fishmeal: A Guide to the Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA in Fish Oil. International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization, 2009.