Nowadays you can no longer ignore it: Omega-3 fatty acids. Everyone is talking about it. Today there are many companies that offer these essential fatty acids. Varying from fish oil to algae products. In this blog we will briefly explain to you: what Omega-3 fatty acids are? Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids are so essential? Which sources contain Omega-3? And of course our view on plnktn. as a complete Omega-3 product.
What is Omega-3?
Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of unsaturated fats, which play a vital role in nearly all of our cells. The three most important types of these fats are docosahexaenoic acid DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The first types are seawater-derived and the latter is from plant-based sources.
Health benefits Omega-3
Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can promote positive changes for your heart- and blood vessels, immune system, eyes, brain, etcetera. So it will not come as a surprise that omega-3 has become increasingly popular.
Essential fatty acid
Omega-3 has been classified as an essential fatty acid: this simply means that our body cannot produce this substance. To be very technical, our body is capable of converting a portion of ALA into EPA or DHA. However, this portion is so small that we need to get sufficient DHA and EPA through our nutrition.
Approximately 9 out of 10 people do not get sufficient amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids through their daily diet.
This growing awareness got many people looking for healthy sources of these fats.
Sources of Omega-3
You are probably asking yourself what the best source of Omega-3 might be? Good question. You can get Omega-3 from marine- and plant-based sources. It is important to mention that there is a significant difference between the two sources. Marine-based sources are rich in EPA and DHA, such as krill and algae. Plant-based sources are rich in ALA, such as flaxseed, chia seed, walnuts, etcetera. The pharmaceutical industry has proposed fish oil as a source, but they come at a cost. Interestingly, a growing interest is focussing on other marine-based omega-3, such as from marine phytoplankton.
Recommended (daily) dose Omega-3
Research suggests a daily dose of 200 milligrams of Omega-3. As mentioned before, approximately 90% of people do not get sufficient amounts Omega-3, and should therefore consider incorporating supplements into their daily regime.
As mentioned before, fish oil (capsules) are widely known to obtain sufficient levels of Omega-3. What many people do not know, is that fish are not able to produce EPA or DHA: they get their Omega-3 by feeding on krill. And krill feeds on algae to get their Omega-3. In other words, Marine Phytoplankton is the primary producer of these essential fatty acids. plnktn. is therefore a better and sustainable supplement to get your daily Omega's.
Nonetheless, fish oil is often still considered to be the best option to get sufficient Omega-3. Unfortunately, there are some major disadvantages of fish oil:
- Omega-3 in fish-oil is often concentrated in (unnecessarily) high dosages, which can lead to side-effects. possible side-effects are: thinning of blood, decreased sugar controle with diabetes, etcetera.;
- Chemically processed and need to be filtered from toxic components found in certain types of fish;
- Omega-3 from fish is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans;
- Contributes to pollution and overfishing;
- Contains a form of Omega-3 that is less adequately absorbed. We will discuss this in further detail.
Different forms of Omega-3
It is very important to note that there are different forms of Omega-3 fatty acids. They can come as ethyl esters, phospholipids, triglycerides or free fatty acids. Long story short: research clearly shows that our body is best capable of absorbing Omega-3 as phospholipids. The bioavailability of phospholipid Omega-3 is higher compared to for example triglycerides.
Omega-3 from Marine sources - such as Marine Phytoplankton - come in the form of phospholipids, which makes them the ideal source.
Surprisingly, fish-oil based supplements contain Omega-3 in the form of triglycerides, which show inferior absorption when compared to Marine Phytoplankton.
As a result, Omega-3 derived from algae sources are growing in popularity.
Sustainable Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Besides absorption, sustainability is also a reason why we consider Marine Phytoplankton as the future source of Omega-3. Fish-oil related supplementation lead to overfishing and pollution.
Did you know that every year we need 25 billion kilograms of fish to provide our (growing) demand of Omega-3?
This inspired us to look for a more sustainable source. Marine Phytoplankton is plant-based, prevents any form of fishing and offers a cleaner and purer form of Omega-3.
By taking plnktn. we go to the actual source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and thereby we choose a sustainable source. Omega-3 as phospholipids can be most adequately absorbed compared to other forms, making Marine Phytoplankton in our opinion the best choice. On top of that, plnktn. contains more than 75 other nutrients that can benefit to your health.
plnktn. therefore offers a great choice to supplement your daily Omega-3 in a vegan, bioavailable and sustainable way.