Updated: Aug 6, 2021
You've all heard medical professionals preach the effectiveness of fish oil as a supplement. It is proven to benefit heart health, reducing blood pressure, and reducing plaque in arteries. Fish oil is able to do this largely because of it's Omega-3 fatty acids. Naturally fish don't have high omega-3 fatty acids they get them from eating Algae. The two main types in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
These important omegas actually come directly from the fish's diet; algae! We are learning more and more that there is an advantage to skipping the fish and using algae oil instead. You receive the same benefits (and more), while cutting out the fishy taste in the process! Fish aren't able to produce EPA or DHA themselves, the microalgae is what provides it for them (Source: Healthline). Therefore, you can actually skip the middle-man and eat their food instead, in turn killing less fish and making your consumption of Omega-3's more sustainable for our oceans which are threatened.
The Nitty Gritty
The bioavailability (the truly absorbed amount used by the body) of algae oil is comparable to it's fish oil counterpart. A study review of multiple academic articles found that DHA levels in blood markers revealed that algae oil was akin to fish oil (Lane 2021). There was no significant difference between the two, meaning that algae oil was just as effective. While some other plant-based omega sources can be viable options, but research has shown that the ALA from nut and seed oils were not converted to DHA like algae oil is.
Potential Health benefits
May reduce inflammation
As we know, inflammation is the cause of various diseases. The Omega-3's in algae oil are an effective anti-inflammatory which can reduce pain, arthritis, and tenderness, as well as decreasing your risk for additional inflammatory diseases (Source: Calder, P Phillip). Inflammation is cause of all Dis-ease, it's our body responding to interference.
May support heart health
Studies show Omega-3's (specifically EPA/DHA) reduce the risk of heart disease, specifically coronary heart disease, heart attack, and cardiac death for the general population (Source: MDPI).
May support eye function
The eyes along with the brain both have high levels of DHA in their structure. Their function can be supported by adding DHA to your diet to help combat macular degeneration and dry eyes. (Source: Cakiner-Egilmez T )
May combat symptoms of depression
People with depression often have lower levels of EPA/DHA in the brain. People who took supplements for these had reduced severity in symptoms of their depression. Omega-3's
have also shown to be comparable to some anti-depressants in treating symptoms (Pubmed). The best improvements were shown with the conjunction of the two.
Less digestive side effects
Users have reported reduced heartburn, upset stomach, and belching compared to fish oil supplements. But best of all.... NO FISH BREATH/FISH BURPS!!!
Fish are friends (not always food)
Watching the Netflix documentary "Seaspiracy" recently has opened my eyes to the ways that the fishing industry is dangerous to not only us as consumers but also as members of the planet. Algae oil offers an alternative that allows you to save fish by taking algae oil instead. Rather than killing fish to get their Omega-3's, you can go directly to the fish's source; Algae!
Alternative for those with seafood allergies
Doesn't contribute to overfishing, destruction of coral reefs, contributing to climate change.
Free of toxins that can be found in fish and fish oils (Source: PubMed)
Can be cultivated in labs where it can be formulated to have the most benefits in a controlled and ethical environment.
Reach your supplement needs, fish-free. Make sure to invest in a combination EPA / DHA supplement. Take with food and according to manufacturer or doctors advised dosage, use caution if already on blood thinners, consult your doctor. We sell high quality, reasonably priced ( better than amazon, support local) algae oil at our office!