Benefits of Fish & Algae Oils

Last Updated on April 4, 2024


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.

 

1 thought on “Benefits of Fish & Algae Oils”

  1. My wife and I are craving some seafood for some reason. Thanks to this article, I now realize that the omega-3 fatty acids inside a fish are good for our mental well-being. Okay, I guess we’ll simply have to find a supplier right away to get some fresh ingredients.

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