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Omega 3-6-9 - 16 oz.
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Supports Cardiovascular Health
  • Balanced Blend of: Flax Seed, Evening Primrose, Olive & Wheat Germ Oils
  • Vegetarian Formula

Omega 3-6-9 from NOW is an optimal blend of essential fatty acids sourced from organic Flax Seed, Evening Primrose and Olive Oils and expeller-pressed Wheat Germ Oil.  This balanced vegetarian supplement is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, dietary components vital for numerous bodily processes including the maintenance and production of new cells.

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) is the chemical in fish oil that has numerous benefits including being very anti-inflammatory, making it great for joint and other body pains, the cardiovascular system, lowers triglycerides, and is great for hair and skin health.  High levels of EPA have a beneficial influential on behavior and mood.

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is the type of fat that the brain is largely composed of, and thus, DHA is brain nutrition. It's to our brains as calcium is to our bones, and in fact, optimal infant brain and eye development and function depends on it. The latest science clearly demands another important nutrient be added to the diet of expecting mothers: DHA.  It also supports healthy brain function and promotes a positive mood and well-being.

Flax Seed oil is a rich balanced source of essential fatty acids. These beneficial fats play important roles in supporting brain, nerve, glandular and eye functions.  In addition, they are involved in the transport and metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides. Essential fatty acids are further metabolized into hormone-like substances in the cell known as prostaglandins.  Prostaglandins are involved in the regulation of many important physiological functions.

Evening primrose oil is full of the fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, one of the body’s essential fatty acids. GLA and other fatty acids are very important for the general function of your body. Evening primrose oil is usually used to alleviate distress that is commonly associated with menstrual signs.

All omega fatty acids play specific roles in overall health. These good fats can have health benefits, including:

  • Prevent coronary heart disease
  • Prevent stroke
  • Prevent diabetes
  • Promote healthy nerve activity
  • Improve vitamin absorption
  • Maintain a healthy immune system
  • Promote cell development

  • NOW Foods was founded in 1968 under the belief that good health was not a luxury available only to the wealthy. For the past forty-five years, they have made it their life's work to offer health food and nutritional supplements of the highest quality, at prices that are fair and affordable to all those who seek them.

    Today, NOW Foods is one of the top-selling brands in health foods stores, an award-winning manufacturer, a respected advocate of the natural product industry, and a leader in the fields of nutritional science and methods development. And while they have grown considerably over the past four decades, one thing has never changed – their commitment to providing products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

Nutrition Info
Serving Size 1 Tablespoon (15 mL or 14 g) -Servings Per Container 31
 Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories  120    
Calories from Fat  120    
Total Fat  14 g   22%* 
Saturated Fat  1.5 g   8%* 
Trans Fat  0 g   † 
Polyunsaturated Fat  9 g   † 
Monounsaturated Fat  3 g   † 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Alpha Linolenic Acid)  6 g (6,000 mg)   † 
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Linoleic Acid and GLA)  3 g (3,000 mg)   † 
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)  150 mg   † 
Omega-9 Fatty Acids (Oleic Acid)  3 g (3,000 mg)   † 

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon (15 ml or 14 g)
Servings Per Container:  31

Suggested Usage:  As a dietary supplement, take one tablespoon (15 mL) 1 to 2 times daily, preferably with meals.  For best results, take 1 1/2 tablespoons per 100 lbs. of body weight daily with meals.  Consider taking this product in combination with NOW® Tru-E BioComplex™, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Ingredients:  Organic Flax Seed Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil (expeller pressed) and Vitamin E - as mixed tocopherols (natural antioxidant for freshness). Contains wheat and soy derivatives. Vegetarian/Vegan Product.
Contains no: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, corn, milk, egg, shellfish, alcohol, coloring, flavoring or artificial preservatives.
Disclaimers: *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Keep refrigerated.
In order to retain the highest quality oil, keep bottle refrigerated, away from sunlight and tightly closed after opening.  For maximum freshness, consume within 6 - 8 weeks after opening. Contains a natural antioxidant to maintain quality and freshness.
The organic oils used in this product make up approximately 97% of the total weight.

 Item#: 1838
Manufacturer SKU: 733739018380


What is Omega-3 and what is it good for?

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), also known as a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA).  It is derived from both animal and plant sources, although Omega-3 from fish oil is the most common supplemental form. Fatty acids form the main useful fraction of fats and oils and are necessary for overall health. Because your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, you must get them from food or supplemental sources.

Plant sources such as Flax Oil contain the parent Omega-3 fatty acid called Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  The human body normally converts ALA to the longer chain fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are used for prostaglandin formation and other cellular needs. Fish Oil contains the desired Omega-3 fatty acids in their more useful EPA and DHA forms. ALA requires enzymatic conversion to generate EPA and DHA.

What does: "Free of  potentially harmful levels of mercury, heavy metal, PCBs, dioxins and other potentially harmful contaminants " mean?

All fish contain contaminants due to either man-made pollution or natural impurities in seas and fresh water. As with all our natural products, we take care to ensure that they are tested for contaminants as necessary. All our fish oils have been evaluated for a variety of contaminants. Heavy metals and mercury are checked using a sophisticated instrument called ICP-MS. We have this instrument in-house and do these tests on a regular basis. Our standards are set to the AHPA standards, which are tighter than most other scientific based standards. We have a long historical record of PCB and dioxin testing for our fish oils. The most recognized world standard is the European Commission standard, which has been adopted by the US Pharmacopeia. This standard for PCBs, dioxins and other similar contaminants takes into account the toxicity of the different PCBs and dioxins. This standard is a true safety standard and we follow this guideline. You can learn more about PCBs in this article, PCBs, Fish and Fish Oil, by Rick Sharpee, Ph.D. We also test our fish oils for other contaminants such as bacteria and pathogens. Our fish oils are generally safer than eating fish because of the additional purification steps that take place. These steps may include absorbent technologies and molecular distillation, depending on the type of fish oil.

Is your New Omega-3 Fish Oil softgel pharmaceutical grade?

There is a lot of confusion caused by supplement distributors who claim to have a pharmaceutical grade Omega 3 Fish Oil. There is no such thing in the United States, as the official USP (United States Pharmacopeia) monograph that defines the testing specifications necessary to qualify Omega 3 Fish oils as pharmaceutical grade has never been published. Anyone claiming to have "pharmaceutical grade" fish oils is simply over-hyping their product by claiming to meet a non-existent standard. NOW does not claim this, as it is simply not possible.

However, there is a voluntary GOED (Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega -3) monograph that is being utilized to define the specifications necessary to qualify a pure Omega 3 EPA/DHA product. NOW's Omega 3 Enteric-coated Fish oil softgels meet the criteria in the GOED Monograph for EPA/DHA

Why is your Omega-3 Fish Oil Molecularly Distilled?

The Omega-3 Fish Oil used in these products are from fish caught in either Norway or Peru and are generally processed utilizing high vacuum Molecular Distillation. This processing technique guarantees the production of high purity EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fish Oils and minimizes the presence of impurities.

What fish are used for producing the Omega-3 Fish Oil?

Sardines, Anchovies and Mackerel are the primary species used in the production of our Omega-3 Fish Oils.

What does "enteric-coated" mean?

The special enteric-coated softgels used to deliver Molecularly Distilled Omega 3 Fish Oil protect the contents of the capsule from stomach acid by preventing gastric juices from dissolving the softgel in the stomach. This allows people to enjoy the benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil without having the fish oil taste "repeat". The enteric-coated softgel will then release the Omega 3 fish oil in the alkaline environment beyond the stomach.

Are your Fish Oil products high in Vitamin A?

Omega-3 fish oils are made from the whole bodies of fish such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, rather than from fish liver oil. Omega-3 fish oils are body oils that undergo purification to remove these vitamins and provide EPA and DHA.

Fish Liver Oils (such as Cod Liver Oil) usually do contain vitamins A and D along with some EPA and DHA.


By Upasana Abbott, NOW Quality Department

Primrose oil is valued for its gamma–linolenic acid  (GLA; 18:3 omega-6) content. GLA is claimed to be effective in maintaining healthy inflammatory pathways and normalizing skin, nerve, and cellular health (McDonald and Fitzpatrick, 1998). GLA-rich oils are heart healthy, anti-aging, and liver supporting (Broadhurst and Winther, 2000).
In our diets, GLA is obtained from the conversion of the dietary precursor linoleic acid via the action of delta-6-desaturase enzyme.  However, impairment of the delta-6-desaturase activity may result in the functional deficiency of GLA and leads to health issues (Wu and Meydani, 1996). Supplementation with GLA helps in supporting the body's ability to maintain health, especially in the areas noted above.
At NOW Foods, Primrose oil is analyzed for its GLA content by performing gas chromatography (GC) of methyl esters of fatty acids. We use this method to confirm the identity of Primrose Oil by its unique fatty acid profile and measure the amount of GLA present in it. This is achieved by separating GLA from other fatty acids, especially Linoleic and Linolenic acids. Linoleic and Linolenic acids are also present in common oils such as soybean oil, flax oil, and walnut oil but GLA is unique to Primrose and some other special oils. The GLA content is accurately measured by using an internal standards technique.
All these steps are taken to assure that our customers get what they are buying Evening Primrose Oil for: Authentic Primrose Oil with a GLA content over 9% by weight.
Broadhurst, C.L., and Winther, M. (2000). Evening Primrose Oil: pharmacological and clinical applications. In G. Mazza. And B.D. Oomah (Eds.), Herbs, botanicals and teas as functional foods and nutraceuticals (pp 213-264). Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.
Manku, M.S. A comparison of GLC and HPLC methods for determining fatty acid composition of evening primrose and soybean oil. J. Chromatographic Science (1983) 21(8): 367-369
McDonald, B.E., and Fitzpatrick, K. (1998). Designer Vegetable Oils. In G. Mazza (Ed). Functional foods, biochemical and processing aspects (pp. 265-291). Lancaster, PA:Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.
Wu, D. and Meydani, S.N. (1996). γ-Linolenic acid and immune function. In Y.S. Huang, and D.E.Mills (Eds.), γ-Linolenic acid: metabolism and its roles in nutrition and medicine (pp.106-117), Champaign, IL: AOCS Press


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