New Meta-Analysis Suggests Recommended Daily Intake Levels of Omega-3 for Reducing the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death and Other Heart Conditions

By Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., PRNE
Sunday, June 5, 2011

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, June 6, 2011 -

A recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition
found that a minimum of 250 mg of Omega-3 EPA and DHA found in fish is
required to reduce the risk of some coronary heart diseases.

Researchers found that 250 mg of EPA/DHA was associated with a 35 percent
reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death. Researchers also found a 16
percent decrease of non-fatal coronary events.

Statistics published by the American Heart Association ( (AHA) show that
coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single leading cause of death in America
with 425,425 deaths in the United States in 2006, and 1,255,000 new and
recurrent coronary attacks per year. AHA also states that about 34 percent of
people that experience a coronary attack in a given year die from it.

Co-author of the paper, Harry Rice, PhD, VP of Regulatory & Scientific
Affairs for Global Organization for Omega-3 EPA/DHA ( (GOED) told NutraIngredients-USA that the results
"Suggest that 250mg/day EPA and DHA should be considered a minimum, not an
optimum, level of consumption."

Rice continued "What is really novel about this meta-analysis is that the
data used were from subjects previously free of known coronary heart disease;
thus, the positive results provide further evidence of the need for
establishing a dietary reference intake (DRI) for the long-chain omega-3
fatty acids."

Jon Getzinger, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Ocean Nutrition Canada
Limited said "As a co-sponsor of this study we felt this meta-analysis was
important to confirm the need for supplementation of Omega-3 EPA/DHA. These
nutrients are essential to overall good health, and it has been proven in
study after study to have heart health benefits."

Jon Getzinger continued "The AHA estimates that in 2009 the cost of
cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States was $475.3 billion. We
hope that studies like this will convince regulatory authorities world-wide
that there is a need to recommend intake levels to ensure the general
population understands the need for these essential nutrients, and the
amounts that should be part of a daily healthy diet.

About Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC):

Ocean Nutrition Canada (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 and 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 100 billion
servings of food and supplement products worldwide. For more information
about ONC visit, and for information on the
health benefits of MEG-3(R) ingredients please visit

About Omega-3:

Omega-3 is a family of essential fatty acids, 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 the majority of health
benefits associated with Omega-3 have been attributed to EPA and DHA, not
plant-based ALA. While the body can convert ALA into EPA/DHA, it does so very
inefficiently (less than one percent), leading many nutrition experts to
recommend that consumers increase their EPA and DHA levels by consuming EPA
and DHA directly (rather than from plant-sourced ALA). 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.

    For further information:

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


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