We know that omega-3s are an important part of a balanced diet, giving support to health of the heart and brain. Long-chain omega-3s (EPA and DHA) are particularly prized for their health benefits, but the land-based plant sources yield only short-chain ALA omega-3s.
Certain fish — and their oils — are great sources of long-chain omega-3s. Salmon, sardines, anchovies, trout, tuna and some kinds of shellfish can fill this role. Diet, nutrition and health organization have been long been urging American consumers to eat more fish, but with limited success. Why? The rise of vegetarianism; the expense of fish; the potential risk of contaminants; and the negative environmental impact of both overfishing and farmed fish.
Fish-oil based omega-3 supplements can vary greatly in their composition — and, as a result, their efficacy. Fish-oil supplements are also often accompanied by unpleasant “fishy” tasting burps. Fish sources of omega-3s are also not appropriate for vegetarians or those people allergic to fish (one of the eight most common food allergies in the world).
The Algae Alternative
A step down the food chain, however, are simple organisms that are also rich in omega-3s. Microalgae are the source of omega-3s for the krill and fish that feed on them (the fish then pass them on to whoever consumes them).
The algae alternative solves many of the worries regarding for other plant or fish-based omega-3 sources:
- Algae is completely vegetarian and safe for fish allergies
- Algae contains long-chain omega-3s, not only the short-chain ALA omega-3s found in other vegetarian sources
- Algae supplements are produced in a contaminant-free and carefully calibrated environment for the same dose every time
- No fishy burps
- The production of omega-3 algae supplements is sustainable and offers an environmentally friendly alternative to overfishing or fish farming
Eat Like a Fish!
Long-chain omega-3s from the sea may offer benefits to your entire body. As we’ve noted, algae is a food source for animals up the marine food chain: krill, small fish, large fish, and sharks. Why not choose to go right to the source? Rather than eating fish, you can eat like a fish! Get “on board” now to shrink your environmental impact while attaining your health and wellness goals.