Search for an omega-3 supplement on Amazon and you’ll find what seems like an endless amount of fish-derived products, and understandably so. After all, fish oil is well-known for being a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s no surprise that they're considered the go-to source for EPA and DHA we need.
But, the tides are starting to turn on fish-derived omega products. So much so, that many people are switching to vegan-friendly omega supplements (whether they're vegan or not) to sustain their fatty acid uptake.
The question is, why? Here are three reasons that might surprise you.
Reason #1: Product Quality Has Jumped the Shark
Ever wondered why some products are, well… coy about the fish they use?
That’s because most fish oil supplements are derived from low-end forage fish as a cost-cutting shortcut. Then, those forage fish are shipped thousands of miles to shoddy fish-meal factories and undergo high-heat processing that compromises omega integrity. Not good.
Reason #2: It Might Be a “Toxic” Relationship
Speaking of cutting corners, another concern is that many fish oil supplements aren’t made using proper molecular distillation and fractionation processes.
That means some fish oils may still contain an abundance of impurities, heavy metals, mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other ocean toxins that undermine the benefits of Omega-3.
Reason #3: The Fish Burps & Nasty Aftertaste
Let’s face it. Most fish oil products haven’t cracked the code on how to prevent the awful fish burps and aftertaste, so beware of those “burp-free” claims.
Most products resort to using a ton of artificial flavorings in a futile attempt to mask the fish taste, but it usually makes the taste even more off-putting.
The Omega-3 Support You Want… Minus the Fishy Drawbacks
Whether it’s fish quality, formula shortcuts, or the not-so nice taste, it’s clear that fish-based omega supplements might not be the right option for you.
Fortunately, there’s a better choice that provides all the benefits that you love about fish oil, but without the downsides. It’s marine algae, and it’s secretly one of the best and healthiest sources of omega-3s that you can find. Here's why!
Marine Algae is O-Mega Good for You
Omega-3 supplements that use marine algae (such as Nannochloropsis sp.) are loaded with roughly 450 mg of EPA and DHA per serving, which will help you reach the recommended “sweet spot” of suggested daily fatty acid uptake.
Together, these algae-derived sources of EPA and DHA support joint, skin, immune, heart, liver, and brain health to keep your wellness goals on-track.
It’s Sustainable & Free From Harmful Toxins
Whether you’re a vegan dieter or not, we’re sure you would prefer not to consume anything loaded with mercury, heavy metals, and ocean toxins.
Fortunately, marine algae is grown in clean and controlled lab conditions, as opposed to being ocean-sourced. This allows for greater control over toxins, impurities, and other contaminants.
Plus, some fish-derived omega supplements aren’t sustainably sourced, which is as reckless as it is harmful. Marine algae, on the other hand, is sustainably farm-grown to avoid any negative impact on sea life or the environment.
It’s Better than Other Vegan-Friendly Options
As you know, there are plenty of other plant-based alternatives to get your omegas, which include flaxseed, pumpkin, chia, and others. But, eating these foods to get your omega-3s does come with an important drawback.
Unlike marine algae’s active EPA and DHA, other plant-based omega sources only contain ALA. The issue with ALA is that your body has to convert this tricky fatty acid into EPA and DHA on its own. Not only that, but our bodies can’t convert ALA into sufficient levels of EPA and DHA.
In other words, most plant-based sources of omega-3s require an extra step for your body to reap the benefits of EPA and DHA, whereas algae products helps you skip the hard part to get fatty acid nourishment straight away.
We hope that this information will inspire you to make the switch from fish! If you have any questions or comments for us about vegan supplements, feel free to tell us below. Or, you can reach out to us directly at (800) 940-1972 or via email at Support@ZenwiseHealth.com.