A world-leading manufacturer with long history
Established in 1938, LYSI hf. is one of the world’s largest producers of marine oils for human consumption and a pioneer of fish oil production.
During its early years, the company concentrated on exporting bulk products. Later, in the 1960s, it started to produce consumer packs of winterised cod liver oil, already recognised as a valuable source of vitamins A and D. More recently, the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have also become increasingly clear.
Today, LYSI maintains a leadership position in its field, fuelled by expertise in manufacturing high-demand fish oil products from both Icelandic fish stocks and imported crude fish oils from other parts of the world. Getting the most out of its extensive equipment and know-how, LYSI offers its customers, many of whom have been with the company for decades, a broad range of natural health products.
Properties of Omega-3 Fish Oil
As the name implies, omega-3 fish oil is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. It is natural fish oil that has not been subjected to any chemical alterations, only refining. The oil may be taken orally as a liquid or in capsule form.
EPA and DHA acids are often considered essential due to their low conversion efficiency from alpha-linolenic acid. They have been extensively studied for the last three decades and their different effects on the body have been described.
Initial studies on the physiological effects of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids focused on the relationship between EPA and DHA and cardiovascular disease. The findings showed that both the acids reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease (Casula, et al., 2013) (de Oliviera Otto, et al., 2013) (Zock, et al., 2016).
A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids has been implicated as a risk factor in mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and ADHD (McNamara, 2016) (Parletta, et al., 2016) (Königs & Kiliaan, 2016).