Benefits of Fish & Algae Oils


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.