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Omega-3 pills catch of the day

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am

The benefits of Omega-3 fats are well documented in the health industry, and one Japanese firm has found a new way to package them. E-San is a gel tablet containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) extracted from sardines on the Chosi shores of Japan. The method of extraction is patent pending and, according to researchers at Hokkaido University, important for several reasons. Solvents are not required in the process, meaning it is free of metals such as lead and mercury. And researchers say the method does not produce perishable proteins, giving E-San an extended shelf life. DHA and EPA reportedly promote brain function, lower blood pressure and reduce swelling from conditions such as arthritis. Available at $450 per bottle (150 gel tablets) from mid-August at Meka retail outlets.