EL Omega-3 is made from algae, one of nature's original sources of EPA and DHA. Unlike other sources of DHA and EPA, EL Omega-3 is fish-free, making a great option for vegetarians, vegans and those who avoid fish in their diet. EL Omega-3 is made from algae, one of nature's original sources of EPA and DHA and the primary food source for most fish. Certain algae are naturally high producers of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain, eye and heart health. Algae also provide a sustainable source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid that supports heart health.
HOW IT WORKS :
Omega-3 fatty acids are a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids which include eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Another fatty acid in Omega-3s is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is found in plants. ALA is an essential fatty acid which must be obtained from food or supplements.
There are three major omega-3 fatty acids that we get from our diets. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is a short-chain omega-3 found in flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and other plant foods. ALA is an essential fatty acid—this means that the human body cannot synthesize it. When we take in ALA from plant foods, the body can elongate it into long-chain omega-3s:docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), most commonly obtained by eating fish, whose tissues accumulate these fatty acids from algae or algae-consuming marine life. EPA and DHA are important for human health, especially our brain. Insufficiency of these valuable fats can cause a multitude of health issues. DHA is important for healthy brain and eye development and function and has been shown to support heart health from infancy through adulthood. DHA serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes. Just as calcium is essential for building strong bones, DHA ensures that the cells in the brain, retina, heart and other parts of the nervous system develop and function properly. EPA plays a role in heart health and has been shown to help reduce chronic inflammation by modifying the immune response.