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Algae Omega

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September 20th, 2020

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Omega-3

Your body is an amazing organism. Yet, in order to keep it in optimum conditions, you must take care of its many needs. One of these needs is a balanced diet. A “balanced diet” is not always easy to achieve.

Have you given thought to what “eating a balanced diet” is all about? Think about it.

 

  • Eating the best and correct food requires knowledge, time and other resources.  
  • We don’t always know the source of our food, how it has been handled or how fresh it is.  
  • Let’s not leave out the extent to which the food has been modified or how our allergies and habitual taste are impacted by it.

Even if you can control the possibility of always eating a balanced diet, you should include the effects that your lifestyle, emotions, mental health and the environment have on the food you eat. Are you including omega-3 in your diet?

What makes up Omega-3?

Three fatty acids that make up omega-3 are alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). (3)

 

  • ALA: You can get ALA from plants such as flaxseed, walnuts and walnut oil, sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, soybean, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, perilla seed oil, tofu, chia seeds, hemp seeds, kidney beans

 

The human body needs ALA to convert it into EPA and DHA. According to information provided by National Institutes of Health Factsheets, “ALA can be converted into EPA and then to DHA, but the conversion is very limited.” Therefore, as it was mentioned in the article, “consuming EPA and DHA directly from foods and/or supplements…” is more practical.

 

  • DHA and EPA: Some of the sources of DHA and EPA are fatty fish such as salmon, herring, albacore tuna, sardines, cod, sword fish, Alaska Pollock, seabass, and other marine life like mussels, oysters, shrimp. Food sources of omega-3 from animal sources include foods fortified with omega-3 including fortified eggs.

 

Eating fish for the benefit omega-3 fatty acids is not for everyone for different reasons. Vegetarians and vegans who want the benefits of these fatty acids but want to keep their eating practices would benefit from seaweed and algae. Those who don’t have a specific type of diet might also consider the threat of mercury contamination, chlorinated biphenyls (PCB), and other toxins which can infect fish.

 

  • DHA and EPA (vegetarian source): These fatty acids are also found in seaweed and microalgae. Example of these are nori, kelp, wakame, kombu, dulse, and marine microalgae.

 

According to information provided by National Institutes of Health, fish get their DHA and EPA from microalgae. So, why not get your omega-3 fatty acids straight from the natural vegetarian microalgae?

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School suggests that “…if you can’t eat fish or don’t like fish, an omega-3 supplement is something to consider. (Algae-based supplements are an option if you are a vegetarian or allergic to fish.).”

Omega-3 from microalgae is the best alternative if you want to avoid eating fish or taking fish oil.

Benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids:

DHA and EPA have been known to support

  • A healthy heart and circulatory system (A Cleveland Clinic article about the benefits of omega-3 in your diet include “Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.”)
  • The health of the nervous system, especially the brain (Information provided by Medline Plus states that “Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat. We need these fats to build brain cells and other important functions.”).
  • The immune system and less inflammation
  • The health of the eyes and normal vision (According to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) “DHA plays important roles in the functioning of brain and eye.”).
  • The overall health of the body and the proper functioning of its parts
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (The NCCIH also says that EPA and DHA found in omega-3 of “seafood and fish oil, may be modestly helped in relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.”).

Written by Tony Santoni

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