What is algae oil?
When I mention algae, what kind of images come up to your mind? The dark, damp river, the vast blue sea or the greenish and sticky algae?
algae generally grow in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams when the water is warm and enriched with nutrients like phosphorus or nitrogen.
What most people don’t know is that some certain types of microalgae can be cultivated in laboratories for their unique oil, which is packed with omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are linked to many health benefits.
Which nutrients are in algae oil?
Algae oil is rich in the omega-3 fats which include EPA and DHA. It’s not only used as a dietary supplement but also to enrich infant formula and animal feed.
What are omega-3s?
Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats found in plants and fish. The essential fats which are supplied by them are important for human body. Your body is not able to make on its own, so you have to get it from food or supplements.
Omega-3s are critical to the structure and function of cell membranes throughout your body. Your eyes and brain have especially high levels of DHA. They also make compounds called signaling molecules, which help regulate inflammation and aid various parts of your body, including your heart and immune system.
Algae oil vs. fish oil
Algae is the main source of omega-3 fats, even fish get their omega-3 content by eating algae.
It is shown in one study that algae oil supplements were found to be nutritionally equivalent to cooked salmon and work the same way as fish oil in your body.
Getting DHA from algae oil is a better choice:
1. If you are a vegetarian, you can’t tolerate the taste of fish oil.
2. Algae oil has less EPA than fish oil, while EPA cannot be added in infant formulas.
3. Scientists are able to select and grow certain strains that are higher in omega-3s. As algae grows very quickly and doesn’t contribute to overfishing, it may be more sustainable than fish oil supplements.
4. Because it’s grown under controlled conditions and purified, algae oil is free from toxins that may be present in fish and fish oils.
Potential health benefits
Algae oil supplements may aid heart, brain, and eye health, as well as fight inflammation. Research reveals that people with higher levels of omega-3 fats have a lower risk of certain health conditions.
May support heart health
Omega-3 supplements may reduce blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, which may lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Studies that used DHA-rich algae oil have demonstrated that taking 1,000–1,200 mg per day reduced triglyceride levels by as much as 25% and improved cholesterol levels as well.
In addition, a recent review of 13 clinical trials in over 127,000 people noted that taking omega-3 supplements from various marine sources reduced the risk of heart attack and all heart disease, as well as death from these conditions.
May reduce depression
People diagnosed with depression often have lower levels of EPA and DHA in their blood.
Correspondingly, an analysis of studies including more than 150,000 people found those who ate more fish had a lower risk of depression. The lower risk may be partly due to a higher intake of omega-3s.
People with depression who receive EPA and DHA supplements often notice an improvement in their symptoms.
May benefit eye health If you experience dry eyes or eye fatigue, taking an omega-3 supplement may minimize your symptoms by decreasing your tear evaporation rate .
In studies in people who experience eye irritation from wearing contacts or working on the computer for more than 3 hours per day, taking 600–1,200 mg of combined EPA and DHA eased symptoms in both groups.
Omega-3s may also have other eye benefits, such as fighting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that can cause vision loss — though research is mixed.
A study in nearly 115,000 older adults noted that higher dietary intakes of EPA and DHA may prevent or delay intermediate — but not advanced — AMD.
May reduce inflammation
Omega-3s may inhibit compounds that trigger inflammation. Thus, they may help combat certain inflammatory conditions.
Animal studies suggest that omega-3 supplements could help control ailments like arthritis, colitis, and asthma.
In a 12-week study in 60 women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), taking 5,000 mg of omega-3s from fish oil each day reduced the severity of symptoms. The women also had fewer reports of pain and tender joints, compared with those taking a placebo.
Where can we get high quality algae oil?
Kangcare Bioindustry Co., Ltd is a bio-science technology based company in the global market with a team of specialists, who focuses on developing and marketing innovative and proven bioactive ingredients, and delivering science-based health and beauty solutions to customers. Kangcare can also provide designation and optimization of formulations according to customers’ requirements and do contract manufacturing of supplements. DHA algae oil is the strongest product in Kangcare.
What’s Special About Kangcare’s OilginTM DHA algae oil?
Kangcare provides high quality DHA algae oil with the following features:
? No animal origin material (vegetarian), No TSE/BSE risk
? Physical process without any solvent is used to get the algae oil purified
? With SGS certificates and other data to support customers’ applications.