Two essential fatty acids and GLA

Box with 90 capsules of Bio-Omega 3&6 as EPA, DHA and GLA
  • Essential omega-3 fatty acids from fish (EPA and DHA) and the omega-6 fatty acid (GLA) from nature's richest source, Borage oil
  • Contains easily absorbable free fatty acids
  • EPA and DHA contributes to a normal function of the heart (min. 250 mg)
  • Manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control
  • Scientifically documented

Bio-Omega 3&6

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2 capsules contain      
Borage     720 mg
which contains GLA     160 mg
Fish oil (free fatty acids)     280 mg
              Which EPA     90 mg
                          DHA     66 mg
                          AA     11 mg

Product Facts

1 capsule 2 times daily, unless otherwise advised.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
Swallow the capsules whole preferably during/after dinner with a glass of water.

Dietary supplements should not replace a varied diet.
A healthy lifestyle and a varied balanced diet are important for maintaining good health.

Borage oil (Borago officinalis L. oil), purified fish oil, free fatty acids, gelatin, glycerol.

Dark, dry and at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of young children.

It is recommended to combine this supplement with eg. Bio-Selenium+Zinc or Bio-Multi.

What is Bio-Omega 3&6?

Bio-Omega 3&6 is a dietary supplement in the form of soft gelatin capsules with a combination of Borage oil and fish oil. Each capsule contains 360 mg of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and 140 mg of fish oil. In addition, a small amount of arachidonic acid. Both GLA and Omega-3 fatty acids in the Bio-Omega 3&6 are in the form of free fatty acids. Bio-Omega 3&6 capsules are soft and easy to swallow and because of the free fatty acids they have a good bioavailability in the body.

High bioavailability with free fatty acids

Bio-Omega 3&6 has an extraordinarily high bioavailability. This is because all of the fatty acids in the product are in the form of free fatty acids. Fatty acids are usually in the form of triglycerides, which must first be digested and broken down into "free" fatty acids in the intestine before they can be absorbed into the body. This is done with the aid from the digestive enzyme lipase. In Bio-Omega 3&6 the fatty acids are already split up and therefore readily absorbed from the intestine without the help of the body's digestive enzymes. This is especially beneficial for people with reduced fat absorption.

Difficult to overdose

Bio-Omega 3&6 is difficult to overdose, as normal ingestion of common fatty acids in our diet far exceeds the content from the capsules. An infant gets a large amount of GLA through breast milk.

What is Omega-3?

A school of fishOmega-3 fatty acids are a group of vital polyunsaturated fatty acids which are predominantly found in fish, especially fatty fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential, meaning important for life because the body can not produce them. Two important Omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA supports the function of the brain*, vision* and heart**. Omega-3 fatty acids are precursors of prostaglandins of type E3 and E4.

*min. 200 mg DHA a day
**min. 250 mg DHA/EPA a day

What is gamma linolenic acid?

Illustration of the Borage plant Seeds from the Borage plant with the Latin name Borago officinalis has a natural high content of the poly-unsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is considered non essential, as normal healthy adults can form the substance in the body. This conversion occurs predominantly from linoleic acid, which is a component of many plant oils. GLA is a precursor of prostaglandins of the type E1. Prostaglandins are a specific group of fatty acids which are produced by the body's cells and released into the surrounding cells afficting them in different ways depending on the type of prostaglandins. By increasing the intake of GLA in the diet you are able to increase the production of prostaglandin E1 which are involved in many functions of the body. This does not take place with other Omega-6 fatty acids.

It is quite normal for the body's own production of gamma-linolenic acid to be reduced with age. This is due to a decreasing function of the enzyme delta-6 desaturase which are necessary for the conversion of linoleic acid to GLA.

The best sources of GLA comes from food items not normally included in our daily diet. The seeds of Borage plant (Borago officinalis) contains up to 20% GLA. Blackcurrant seed oil contains from 15-17% and in third place we find the plant Evening Primrose with 8-10% GLA. Hemp oil contains small amounts.

Where is GLA found?

  • Borage
  • Blackcurrant
  • Breast milk
  • Evening Primrose
  • Algae

Official claims

The EU Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has evaluated the evidence behind the product's content of essential omega 3 fatty acids and has acknowledged the following statements:

  • EPA* and DHA* contributes to normal heart function
    * Min. 250 mg of EPA / DHA per day
  • DHA* helps to maintain normal vision
    * Min. 250 mg DHA per day
  • DHA* contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function
    * Min. 250 mg DHA per day
  • Intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake contributes to the normal development of vision in infants aged up to 12 months of age* (Art. 14)
    * The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 100 mg DHA
  • Maternal intake contributes to the normal development of the brain of the foetus and breastfed infants ** (Art. 14)
    ** Info to pregnant and lactating woman: The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids for adults, ie: 250 mg DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The claim can be used only for food which provides a daily intake of at least 200 mg DHA
  • Maternal intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) contributes to normal brain development in the fetus and infants are breastfed *** (Art. 14)
    *** Info to pregnant and lactating woman: The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake for omega-3 fatty acids for adults, i.e.: 250 mg DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The claim can be used only for food which provides a daily intake of at least 200 mg DHA