Choosing Omega-3 DHA rich supplements can be a difficult choice, but fish oil is rarely better than algae oil. Promoting health with algae derived Omega 3 is the answer and below we discuss what to look for when you are searching for pure, unadulterated, quality, uncontaminated, therapeutic strength long chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.
Algae Omega-3 Vs Fish Omega-3 – The Benefits Of DHA-rich Algal Oil
So how do you choose from the vast array of Omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements on the market?
Here are some key factors to look out for when choosing an Omega-3 product
Toxins, Toxicity, Poisons, Contamination
A few years ago a number of retailers including Boots the chemist had to withdraw Cod Liver Oil Fish Oil products because they had levels of toxins ubiquitously found in the sea that were above the safety levels set by the UK Government.
Humans treat the oceans like a giant sewer, a giant global cesspit for all humanity.
The trouble is with contamination, like BSE, if you don’t look for it you won’t find it and it’s quite unusual for products like this to be officially tested.
The other problem is that even though low levels of toxins in fish oil may pass the regulatory limits, and not be dangerous on their own, no-one seems to have considered what cumulative amounts of different toxins, added together in a cocktail of poisons, can have on the body. What effects do combinations of these different toxins have on our risk of cancer for instance?
Some known toxins are not even officially tested for despite prolific traces found in fish through independent testing.
The best strategy to avoid risk is to avoid all fish oil products and only choose products that have pure EPA and DHA in them that has been purified. Cod liver oil in particular is from the liver of the fish and is the oil filter that protects the fish, so why would you consume the part of the fish that is likely to have the most amounts of toxins. This may have made sense for your grandmother, but the seas are now so polluted it’s a risk factor you can live without.
Algal oil is farmed in a controlled environment that avoids contamination from the sea and is then filtered to separate the key EPA and DHA parts of the Omega-3 oil that are so beneficial for optimal health.
Sustainability, conservation and protecting the environment
Environmental scientists and researchers now predict that if urgent steps are not taken immediately to halt the rape of our seas and oceans it will now be only a few years before there are no fish left in the ocean. This doesn’t just have aesthetic and ethical implications, the fact that we’ve robbed our children of a rich biological heritage.
In the film ‘Sea The Truth’ by the Sea First Foundation, Dos Winkel and eminent marine biologists reveal that fish have a vital part to play in maintaining the delicate balance, of not just the life in the oceans, but the whole planet.
The oceans, covering two thirds of the planet play an even more important role in cleaning our atmosphere than that of our dwindling rainforests. The algae and plankton that live on the surface of the sea are the true lungs of our planet and we are killing it. New toxic strains of algae are growing out of control as nature uses up organophosphates and nitrogen washed into the sea. Meanwhile the beneficial algae and plankton are following the fate of the coral reefs, dying from over acidification of our sea.
Fish play a vital role in balancing alkaline pH levels as they help neutralise the acid. No fish = more acid= less plankton = more C02 = less oxygen and a grave danger to life on planet Earth.
Not only do we waste fish for human consumption through bycatch , we devastate fish stocks by catching them to feed to chickens, pigs, cows, even other fish. We also scoop up millions of tonnes of fish each year to squeeze out the oil to be used by cosmetic, industrial and pharmaceutical industries.
We need to stop immediately before it’s too late.
Value for money, best buy, cost effective alternatives to fish oil
As fish become more scarce and smaller fishing fleets and trawlers have to travel further away to find less fish. As fish become more toxic, expensive decontamination and purification methods need to be deployed in an attempt to try to keep fish oil below the government’s maximum levels of permitted toxins.
Beware products promoting Omega-3 supplements which are labelled Omega-3, 6 and 9, this is a waste of money. They are usually cheap blended vegetable oils – Omega-9 from olive oil, Omega-6 from sunflower oil and Omega-3 from flax and or rapeseed oil. This is a ridiculously expensive way of buying these oils and typically it’s only the Omega-3 part that we need more of. If you need more Omega-6 then choose GLA rich safflower, evening primrose or Echium oil. Omega-9 is not an essential fat and most people get plenty from olive oil. Hempseeds have a good mix of Omega-6, Omega-9 and basic short chain Omega-3 and are considerably cheaper than a supplement!