Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important for overall health and wellness. They offer great health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and supporting brain function. There are two main forms of omega-3 fatty acids that are commonly found in fish oil based supplements: Ethyl Ester (EE) and Triglyceride (TG) forms.
The primary difference between omega-3 EE and TG forms lies in The chemical structure of their nucleus.
In the EE form, the nucleus is chemically modified to create an ethyl ester, which allows to enrich it with EPA/DHA in the required proportions and purify them. Unfortunately the downside is that they have a low availability and oxidise fasts.
In contrast, the TG form is the natural form of omega 3, this is how it is found in fish and this is how we store and use it in our bodies. Its bioavailability is excellent. However, natural fish oils are not very concentrated in EPA/DHA and they contain impurities.
As a consequence; to have the right dose of fatty acids, it is necessary to take a large dose of oil (and its impurities), which can affect digestion and intestinal transit.
A solution is to transform these TG oils into EE, this process is called transesterification. To put it simply, EPA/DHA is separated from its glycerol support, purified and recombined with an alcohol (ethanol). Through this chemical manipulation, we obtain purified fatty acids that can be concentrated in EPA/ DHA as desired.
However, an important downside is that EE oil oxidises more quickly. Moreover, as this is a new form that does not exist in nature, our body has, unfortunately, high difficulty assimilating it as it doesn’t have the enzymes necessary to separate EPA and DHA from its ethanol support. Some studies show that the absorption of a TG vs EE oil ranges from 71% to 400%…
Another option, which is costly because it involves a long and complicated process, is to take the EE oil and separate it from its ethanol support, and recombine it in TG form by adding glycerol.
As a result, we have the best of both worlds: a purified oil with a high concentration of EPA DHA .
Moreover, this oil has also a better resistance to oxidation thanks to a specific airless encapsulating method.
It means that thanks to this specific transformation process, this oil is highly concentrated in EPA and DHA, and because it has a low oxidation, you can ingest small doses (in the form of small soft gel capsules (while most products are hard and large capsules), achieve a high bioavailability and enjoy its health benefits.
How do you know if your oil is in TG or EE oil?
If TG is indicated on the packaging, it means that it is in the triglyceride form, however if it is not indicated the oil is an EE form.
Laboratoires Activa’s Omega3 supplements combine expertise and technology to deliver a high quality and efficacy product. Activa Well Being Memory and Activa Well Being Cardio are the result of a long and specific research on the synergistic action of 2 specific EPAX® TG oils, produced using the innovative EE to TG transformation process described above, and using an airless encapsulation method from oil extraction to soft capsule.
It is the synergy of the 2 oils used which allows to obtain a balanced blend of omega 3 supplement highly bioavailable in EPA and DHA and purified.