Our search for safe and pure Omega-3 fatty acids took us to the only possible source – ALGAE.
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
The Omega-3s get their name from their chemical structure: Like all organic molecules, these fats are made up of long chains of carbon atoms. Omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart diseases and they are beneficial for brain and eyes. They are also important for a number of body functions, including muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion, fertility, and cell division and growth. However, our body can’t make them from scratch, we must get them from foods rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
EPA and DHA
There are two crucial types – EPA and DHA, which are mostly found in seafood. For decades, researchers have examined different roles of EPA and DHA in the body. It is important to take both of them because they act jointly.
Along with EPA, DHA has a role in normal concentrations of triglycerides, vision, and brain function. It is especially important for children’s growth and development, CNS and retina development during a prenatal phase. Women should emphasize DHA intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding. DHA is also essential to older people for preserving from dementia.
EPA is essential fatty acid effective for supporting cognitive function. EPA also protects our genes and cell cycle. This fatty acid helps to keep our stress response regulated.
An adequate supply of EPA throughout adult life can help prevent a range of chronic illness.
There is also a recommended ratio between Omega-3 and Omega-6 in your body. This balance between two types of fats is essential for human health. However, we tend to consume far too many omega-6 fats in our diet.
Supplying you with Omega-3s & detoxifying the body.
The microalgae are excellent, pollutant-free source of the Omega-3 fatty acids. Moreover, certain researches show that sea algae can act as detoxifiers.
We added vitamins A and E vital for your health and made a food supplement of supreme quality.
Why use Vitality Omega3?
Most of these essential fatty acids come from fish. However, since fish are relatively situated at the top of the aquatic food chain, they can accumulate heavy metals, industrial toxins, and pollutants from food, water, and sediments (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, PCBs and radioactive poisons). The content of toxic heavy metals in fish can counteract their beneficial effects and even cause severe consequences.
Adverse effects of heavy metals on human health have been known for a long time. This may include serious threats of renal failure, liver damage, cardiovascular diseases and even death. The content of heavy metals discovered in some fish makes it difficult to establish clearly the role of fish consumption on a healthy diet. Studies on the concentrations of heavy metals (Hg, Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd, Fe and Mn) measured in the liver, gills, and muscles of benthic and pelagic fish species collected, suggest we should retrieve Omegas from another source.
Back to the pollutant-free source
Fish cannot make their own Omega-3s but have to obtain them from algae. Therefore, we decided to leave out fish and go directly to the source. The microalgae are not only an excellent source of the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) responsible for normal blood concentrations of triglycerides, normal vision, and brain function, – they are also known to be able to accumulate heavy metals from the environment and the organism (bioaccumulation). Microalgae are able to eliminate heavy metal ions in a short time by biosorption, without any toxicity problems.
In the human body, their molecules attract and bond heavy metals, changing their structure and making them non-toxic. It is a promising process of biological removal of pollutants which are a threat to a human health.
It’s rather important that obtaining Omega-3s for our product doesn’t increase fishery and doesn’t disturb aquatic population dynamics or biomass. We care about limiting the consumption of fish and as a naturally conscious company. We’re happy to present the product that doesn’t endanger animal species and their ecosystem.
Why should we catch fish to produce fish oil that can be polluted, if we can obtain safe Omega-3 rich oil from algae that fish eat?
If you are vegan or vegetarian
Main Omega-3 fatty acids in a vegan diet are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is derived from foods such as soybeans, linseed, and nuts. ALA is converted in small quantities and inefficiently into the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Several studies have demonstrated that vegetarians and vegans have much lower plasma concentrations of DHA and EPA when compared to those who eat fish or take Omega-3 supplements. Supplementation with ALA increases plasma EPA to a small extent, but it has little effect on DHA. Even though study results have various conclusions, it is possible that low Omega-3 status does place vegetarians/vegans at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, also having an unfavorable effect on vision and normal brain function.
High quality, efficiency, and safety
Clinical trials with algae DHA and EPA oil found comparable efficiencies to fish oil, for protection from cardiovascular risk factors, by lowering plasma triglycerides and oxidative stress.
Vitality Omega3 capsules with high content of DHA and EPA is safe and suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Besides being the ideal nutritional supplement of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitality Omega3 doesn’t contain toxins or heavy metal residues from fish, moreover – it removes pollutants from the body. It provides necessary supplements, releasing your body from all potentially harmful substances.
HEALTH BENEFITS LINKED TO OMEGA 3 BY RESEARCH
EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids lower heart rate and blood pressure, and they improve the health of blood vessels.
One Italian study of 11,324 heart attack survivors found that patients supplementing with fish oils markedly reduced their risk of another heart attack, stroke, or death. In a separate study, American medical researchers reported that men who consumed fish once or more every week had a 50 percent lower risk of dying from a sudden cardiac event than do men who eat fish less than once a month. Omega-3 oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride levels. (Online Library Wiley) Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease.
Studies suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids may help increase levels of calcium in the body and improve bone strength. Some studies also suggest that people who do not get enough of some essential fatty acids (particularly EPA and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an Omega-6 fatty acid) are more likely to have the bone loss than those with normal levels of these fatty acids.
Rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplements (EPA+DHA) can curb stiffness and joint pain. Omega-3 supplements also boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.
DHA is an important integral part of our brain – DHA is included in the cell membranes of our neurons. It makes the cell membranes more fluid and enables the signals to travel faster and more fluidly between the cells in our brain.
EPA, on the other hand, is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effect. Whereas dietary EPA is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, it can also lower inflammation in the brain.
If the Omega3-s decrease in the body and the brain, it makes it harder for serotonin – which is a chemical that transmits messages from one neuron to the other – to pass through cell membranes.
Studies have shown that supplementing with Omega 3 fatty improves the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.
Children require DHA for growth and development, and the brain – CNS and retina rely heavily on the adequate supply of DHA during growth in the womb. Thus women should emphasize DHA in their diets when they become pregnant and continue to take this until they cease breastfeeding. EPA levels are under constant demand and low EPA levels in adolescents and adults correlate strongly with the development of mental health issues, including depression, dyslexia and dyspraxia, heart problems, joint and bone conditions, as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s. Omega 3 fatty acids also protect our genes and cell cycle, keeping our stress response regulated, so an adequate supply throughout adult life can help prevent a range of chronic illness.
Child’s learning and behavior. Children continue to need DHA up until the age they start school, so if children under the age of five are taking an omega-3 supplement, it should contain DHA. The children with developmental problems pure EPA or high EPA omega-3 has been shown to be most effective for supporting cognitive function. Studies show that EPA can help with childhood behavior and academic performance, as well as focus, attention and reducing aggression. A study from 2013 linked low levels of DHA with poorer reading, memory and behavioral problems in healthy school-age children. Another study found that children who consumed an omega-3 fat supplement as infants scored higher on rule learning, vocabulary, and intelligent testing at ages 3 to 5.
Previous research also found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behavior or learning disabilities are more likely to have low omega-3 fat levels.
EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation.
Short bowel syndrome can occur from birth or due to an infectious inflammatory disease striking premature newborns. When children were given Omegas, they began to improve drastically.
Asthma is caused due to inflammation of the air passages of the lungs or due to allergies.
Researchers found a link between the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fats, the low intakes of omega-3 in Western diets and the rising rates of childhood asthma. A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation which is a key component in asthma.
Omega-3 fatty acids are neuroprotective during development and aging. Some research suggests that omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging. Neurocognitive disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders are often associated with a relative lack of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 could even help to head off dementia and memory loss as we get older.
In later life, maintaining high levels of EPA has been shown to lower the risk of developing and worsening cognitive decline and dementia. With people who have already had a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s, their brain has already been damaged and needs the structural support of DHA. DHA is important to prevent further loss of brain tissue for people who suffer from dementia.
*The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved health claims on omega-3 fatty acids.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Nutrition and Medicine: Considering Microalgae Oil as a Vegetarian Source of EPA and DHA (INGENTA)
- Science Direct Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology (Science Direct)
- Clinical Nutrition (Clinical Nutrition Journal)
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
- Bioremoval capacity of three heavy metals by some microalgae species (Egyptian Isolates) (NCBI)
- Electron microscopy may reveal the structure of docosahexaenoic acid-rich oil within Schizochytrium sp compounds of the microalgae itself. (Springer Link)
- Replacement of fish oil with a DHA-rich algal meal derived from Schizochytrium sp. on the fatty acid and persistent organic pollutant levels in diets and flesh of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar, L.) post-smolts (Science Direct)
- Heavy Metals (effects on environment and health risks) (LENNTECH)