Get Your Omega-3 from Algae!
By John L. Chetcuti
You’ve likely heard about the many potential health benefits of consuming omega-3 essential fatty acids, including brain, heart and joint health. The term “essential fatty acids” refers to the polyunsaturated oils your body needs but cannot produce, so they must be obtained from your diet. The most commonly known omega-3 supplement is fish oil – but if you choose to not eat fish, how can you get enough omega-3?
Marine algae (or microalgae) is the reason why fish oil contains high amounts of omega-3. This is because the main diet of fish harvested for omega-3 fish oil is microalgae.1 Research also suggests that algae oil is more concentrated in omega-3s and in DHA, and is thus better formulated for human metabolism.2
The principle difference between microalgae and fish oil is that microalgae is entirely plant-based and contains no animal products. This means the oil is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else who would prefer to not consume fish products.
DHA and EPA: The Anti-Inflammatory Fats
Scientific studies have uncovered a number of important health benefits from omega-3 fats, specifically DHA and EPA (long chain fatty acids) 3, which include:
Healthier, stronger bones
Protecting your tissues and organs from inflammation
Improved mood regulation
Brain and eye development in babies
Reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease
Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Reduced risk of death from ALL causes
Relief from Dry Eye Syndrome
Prevention of vascular complications from Type 2 Diabetes
Peripheral artery disease
Preventing postpartum depression
Reducing symptoms of Lupus Erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases
Preventing premature birth
In fact, if you go to the “Omega-3 Fat” page on www.GreenMedInfo.com you will see a list of scientific studies supporting the benefits of omega-3 oil for 254 different diseases.4 (GreenMedInfo.com is a website which provides open access to the latest biomedical research available on the therapeutic value of natural substances in disease prevention and treatment).