American Heart Association Issues First-Ever Statement for Management of Trigylcerides that Includes Intake Recommendations for Omega-3 EPA and DHA

By Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited onc, PRNE
Sunday, May 1, 2011

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, May 2, 2011 - The American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued its first ever
statement on triglyceride management that includes recommendations for
Omega-3 EPA/DHA intake. Elevated triglyceride levels have long been
associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the AHA more than
31% of the United States population has borderline high triglyceride levels.
Furthermore, AHA's 2006 statistical data estimates that 81,100,000 people in
the United States have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, claiming
831,272 lives in that same year.

In conjunction with other important lifestyle changes, the AHA recommends
0.5 - 1g of Omega-3 EPA and DHA for individuals with borderline fasting
triglyceride levels (150-199mg/dL), 1 - 2g for individuals with high fasting
triglyceride levels (200-499mg/dL), and 2 - 4g for individuals with very high
fasting triglyceride levels (greater than or equal to 500mg/dL). The AHA has
also previously recommended that normal healthy individuals consume a variety
of fish (preferably oily), and a daily intake of 1g of Omega-3 EPA and DHA
for patients with documented coronary heart disease.

The recent statement issued by AHA is a very positive step for improving
consumers' understanding of the role of triglycerides in CVD management.
Although awareness of the health benefits of Omega-3 is very high among
consumers, many still do not understand the different forms of Omega-3 (EPA,
DHA and ALA), or the health benefits of each.

It is important for consumers to understand that fish provides both EPA
and DHA, whereas most algae sources provide only DHA. Furthermore, while ALA
is an essential fatty acid, many of the reported health benefits associated
with Omega-3 have been the result of supplementation with EPA and DHA. While
the body can theoretically convert ALA into EPA and DHA, the actual
conversion rate is very low. In fact, many studies suggest that the
conversion rate can be as low as 1% or less. As such, fish, fish oil
supplements, and food products fortified with fish oil are the best sources
of Omega-3 for consumers.

About Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC):

Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC) is a privately held company, whose
major shareholder is Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated. Clearwater Fine
Foods Incorporated is a diversified holding/investment company whose
significant holdings include a controlling interest in Clearwater Seafood's
Limited Partnership, the world's largest integrated shellfish harvester and

ONC is the world's largest supplier of Omega-3 EPA/DHA ingredients from
fish oil, marketed into the dietary supplement and food manufacturing
markets. To date, MEG-3(R) ingredients have been included in over 96 billion
servings of food and supplement products worldwide. For more information
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About Omega-3:

Omega-3 is a family of essential fatty acids (EFA), including EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ALA (alpha-linolenic
acid). Oily fish (such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and salmon) are the
major known natural sources of Omega-3 EPA/DHA. ALA is found in plants, such
as flax and chia. It is important to note that EPA and DHA are the primary
contributors of the many health benefits associated with Omega-3. While the
body can convert ALA into EPA/DHA, it does so very inefficiently (typically
less than 1%), making it difficult to derive Omega-3-related health benefits
from plant-sourced ALA. Furthermore, although Omega-3 EPA/DHA is important to
overall good health, the human body is not able to produce sufficient
quantities on its own, so supplementation is required, either by eating oily
fish or foods fortified with Omega-3 EPA/DHA, or by taking fish oil
supplements. Learn more about the health benefits of Omega-3 EPA/DHA at

For further information:

    Joanna Lane
    Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.
    Tel: +1-902-480-3288
    Cell: +1-902-488-0141


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