Well below I give a low down on what it is and how it can have huge benefits for us
96% of the world’s population is not getting
enough Omega-3 EPA and DHA, are you?
Did you know that we can’t
make our own Omega 3?
and the fish can’t either.
Usually from fish. But fish don’t actually produce Omega 3, they eat krill that have eaten algae.
This means that we have to get it from our diet or through supplementation.
We have to cut out the middle man (middle fish)
and obtain the DHA and EPA directly
from nature’s source – Algae.
Purer than fish oil and free from toxins since fish are higher up in the food chain, they have a higher pollutant content. So Omega 3 from algae doesn’t contain any of the contaminants found in fish oil such as hazardous substances like heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins.
A highly concentrated plant-based vegan Omega 3 with all the benefits of fish oil but without harming the fish or the ocean.
Its also important as we don’t want to take the algae away from the fish so any company you use to get your supplement its vital they grow their own algae usually they do this using large fermentation pools. This means that they can monitor the purity of the algae as well as ensure that there is no damage to the ocean ecosystem or reduction of the food source of fish. Getting our Omega 3 from fish has caused problems to our fish numbers and ocean ecosystem due to overfishing so this is really important.
Controlled indoor fermentation of marine plants helps avoid contaminants and negative impact on marine life and minimise our environmental footprint.
Why is Omega 3 from algae better than
nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds or chia seeds?
The beneficial compounds from Omega 3 are called DHA and EPA.You can get Omega 3 from nuts and seeds but these contain a substance called ALA. The body then has to convert the ALA into the beneficial compounds of DHA and EPA but conversion rate is extremely low (approx. 2 – 5%).You will have to eat an unmanageable amount of seeds and nuts to get the DHA and EPA health benefits.
The supplement company I use is on a subscription basis and its perfect because they use
Omega 3 from Schizochytrium Sp algae
Microalgae are one of the oldest plant organisms found on the whole planet.They have chosen an algae called Schizochytrium Sp which is well researched for safety.
So although algae are found in the millions in the water, they are so tiny that they can’t be seen by the human eye. The only time we can actually see them is when they clump together in the water. They convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into oxygen (photosynthesis) and it is thought that as much as 75% of our oxygen comes from algae.
The algae is harvested and processed using a gentle water extraction and pressing process.The Algae oil is then transferred to containers for vacuum packing and freezing. It is then thawed as required and encapsulated into our vegan capsules.
More about the benefits of Omega-3:
The importance of DHA for brain function cannot be emphasised enough.
It is the main Omega 3 fat in your brain (accounts for 97% of the Omega 3 content of the brain) and is essential for good brain function.
DHA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid which is found in cell membranes throughout the body and helps to transmit messages between nerves. Having adequate levels of DHA makes it easier and more efficient for nerve cells to communicate.
The inclusion of plentiful DHA improves learning ability, whereas deficiencies of DHA are associated with deficits in learning. Studies have shown that people with Alzheimers disease have lower levels of DHA than people with good brain function.
Now more than ever, we need to look after our eyes. We may find ourselves constantly in front of a screen which can cause eye problems over time.
DHA is found in a high concentration in the retina in our eyes, which shows why it is important for visual development and retinal function.
Studies suggest that the retina can degrade over time if there is not enough DHA in the diet. It is also thought that DHA has an anti-inflammatory effect in the retina which can help to relieve inflammation that shows in many eye problems.
Many research studies support the view that EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids are cardioprotective nutrients.
Higher intakes of these important Omega 3 nutrients are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular problems.
They are thought to help normalise the levels of triglycerides in the body as well as help with cholesterol levels. This is mainly due to their ability to act as an anti-inflammatory.
So much research is continually being undertaken on DHA and EPA and their other health benefits such as its positive effects on mood, joint health and skin.
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