Ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” We’re not saying you’re a fish, but we are saying that there are significant benefits to consuming foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, nuts, flaxseeds, and more. Most Americans, however, don’t get nearly the amount of omega-3s needed through diet. For reference, the average American eats a ratio of anywhere between 12:1-25:1 omega-6 to omega-3s. An ideal ratio is 4:1. Not great.
Before we get into the benefits of adding omega-3 supplements into your health routine, let’s talk about the three different kinds of omega-3 fatty acids.
ALA (alpha-linolenic acid): Plant oils, flax seed, soybeans
ALA needs to be converted to EPA or DHA in order to be utilized by your body properly. Note: this is in very small percentages and is not very efficient. What is not converted is stored or used as energy.
EPA: (eicosapentaenoic acid): Fish, Fish Oil Supplements
Your body uses EPA to produce signaling molecules that fight and reduce inflammation.
DHA: (docosahexaenoic acid): Algae, Fatty Fish
DHA is a structural component of your retinas and your skin. It also plays a vital role in brain development and heart health.
Since most people are struggling to get the right amount of omega-3’s from food, the next best option is through dietary supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to several vital functions in the human body.
- Triglycerides: Omega-3’s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides (fat found in your blood). High levels of triglycerides can drastically increase your chances of heart disease.
- Blood Pressure: Many people who suffer with high blood pressure are recommended to take Omega-3 supplements. Why? Omega-3’s can reduce high blood pressure, further minimizing the possibility of future heart conditions.
- Blood Clots: Omega-3’s can prevent blood platelets from clumping together.
- Plaque: Omega-3’s help prevent plaque in your arteries. If plaque builds, arteries harden and could potentially lead to heart attacks, congestive heart failure, or general heart abnormalities.
Cognitive Function and Memory
Unfortunately one of the effects of aging, is a decline in brain function. Since Dementia and Alzheimer’s are considered a global public health crisis, a lot of funding is going into studies to see how omega-3’s play a part in overall brain function. Several of those studies link higher omega-3 intake to decreased mental decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.
According to the article, Long-chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Optimization of Cognitive Performance, neural tissue degeneration may be slowed by neuroprotective or anti-apoptotic effects of DHA. Some evidence suggests that 12 week supplementation with DHA, increased concentrated oxygenated and total hemoglobin during cognitive tasks. So, keep those brains active and healthy.
So, you may still have a few questions…
Why can’t I just take fish oil supplements and call it a day?
Contaminants. If you know anything about fish, you know they are exposed to varying levels of mercury in our oceans. Mercury is one of the world’s most toxic metals. According to the World Health Organization, mercury poisoning is one of the top ten threats to public health. So you can put two and two together… eating large amounts of fish or using low quality fish oil supplements can potentially lead to ingesting higher levels of mercury.
Overfishing. According to the World Wildlife Fund, overfishing is one of the most significant contributors to the overall decline in wildlife in the ocean. Also, billions of people rely on fish to survive. If everyone took fish oil supplements, we simply would run out of fish. Not good.
Why can’t I just eat ALA?
Conversion factors. Above we talked about how ALA is converted to EPA and DHA in small amounts. However, strictly relying on that conversion to get the appropriate amount of omega-3s isn’t ideal since there are so many things that can affect the conversion process. Stress, unbalanced fatty acid ratios, and advancing age are just a few of the various factors that can slow or even halt conversions altogether. Cue supplements.
I’m vegan/vegetarian and don’t want to compromise. What do you recommend?
Algal DHA . According to a study comparing algal oil capsules and cooked salmon, researchers found that algal oil DHA capsules and cooked salmon appear to be equivalent in providing DHA to plasma and red blood cells. All in all, algal oil DHA supplements are a great source of non-fish derived DHA. Check out ours! They’re fully plant-based. No compromising here.
So why Éstora Omega III Algae?
Sustainably-sourced. Due to the rise of contaminants and heavy metals in our ocean, we’ve chosen to sustainably source our Omega III supplements from micro-algae. We work with clean, sustainable algae farms to keep water pure and free of toxins. Oh, and we test for heavy metals just to be extra sure.
Vegan. If you follow a plant-based diet you know it can be seriously hard to find a vegan source for quality omega-3s. Your search is over -we’ve got your back.
No bad stuff. Éstora products don’t contain fillers, chemicals, solvents of any kind. Unfortunately, a lot of supplements companies rely on additives and fillers, which completely counteract the benefits of the supplement. Not here. We guarantee clean ingredients and no artificial anything. And we have the third-party testing to prove it.
Live-sourced. Our products come from real food and ingredients that your body knows how to absorb properly.
Tested for maximum absorption. Raw ingredients and finished products are independently tested and certified. That means that our supplements maintain a consistent high potency from when they are made all the way to their expiration date. We produce only the purest and highest quality supplements.
Manufactured in the USA.