Benefits of Fish & Algae Oils

Last Updated on October 29, 2021

Omega-3 fatty acids

Fish and algae oils are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.  These fatty acids, know as DHA and EPA, are precursors of eicosanoids.  Eicosanoids are signaling molecules know for their ability to activate anti-inflammatory pathways in the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids accumulate in fish that eat micro-algae.  The algae naturally produce the oils.  The fish bio-accumulate the oils produced by the algae.  Fish do not produce these oils on their own. 

Benefits of EPA oils:

  • Cardiovascular health: Omega 3 fatty acids reduce harmful blood cholesterol levels.

  • Asthma: Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, a key component to asthma.

  • Soothes Arthritis: Painful arthritis is an inflammatory process and omega 3 oils reduce inflammation systemically.

  • Alzheimer’s disease: Some studies suggest a protective role omega 3 oils may play in this complicated disease, reducing memory loss and acting as a preventative.

Benefits of DHA oils:

  • Brain Development/ function: Developing brains use high qualities of DHA oil. These are especially important for pregnant mothers and young children.

Dangers of Fish Oils:

  • Heavy metals: High level predator fish accumulate environmental toxins including mercury, PCBs and Chlordane.

  • Dwindling wild fish stocks: Overfishing of the oceans is a great concern for the future health of our planet.

Ways to get Omega 3 Acids Safely & Responsibly: 

  • Algae supplements: These are newer to the market but are a safe way to get healthy oils with no environmental cost to dwindling fish stocks. We will be researching high quality algae supplements as a possible replacement to fish oils in the near future.

  • Responsible companies: Inner Gate acupuncture carries Nordic Naturals brand fish oils. This company has strong sustainability practices. They also have high purity, low heavy metal and low spoilage of their products.


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