Omega-3s are an essential part of a balanced diet. They can assist with the neurological development of infants and lower the risk of a range of health problems, including heart issues, depression and Alzheimer’s disease, to name but a few. There are significant benefits to these fatty acids, but there’s just one problem: Your body can’t produce them on its own.
Getting our Omega-3 from fish isn’t a viable long-term solution.
This means, of course, that you’ll need to get your omega-3 from external sources. Traditionally, this has meant eating fish, but from a sustainability point of view, this isn’t really a viable long-term solution. A growing global population, combined with advances in technology, means that our oceans’ wildlife is more endangered than ever before. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’re probably well aware of these facts, but what can you do to boost your intake of omega-3?
Increasingly, scientists are bringing to light the many benefits of algae. It consumes carbon dioxide, can be used as an energy source and offers a high biofuel yield. Best of all, it grows incredibly quickly, a trait that makes it possible to produce and harvest it sustainably. Alongside these industrial advantages, we’re also learning that algae is a potent source of fatty acids.
Essentially, we’re discovering that the reason fish are so high in Omega-3 is because their diet is centered around a food source that is high in fatty acids: algae. This information opens up the possibility for researchers to develop a supplement that effectively take fish out of the equation. Why go through a middleman when you could get it straight from the source? We’re working hard to produce an algae-based omega-3 supplement that’s great for your health while conserving our fragile environment.
High in protein and a tasty alternative in many vegan dishes, soybeans have long been a favourite of conscious eaters across the planet. The superfood’s health benefits even extend to its omega-3 content. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that soybeans that had been enhanced with stearidonic acid (SDA) – a metabolic precursor of the fatty acid EPA – could potentially reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death and the rate at which cells age.
While it’s still too early to say whether this could be a viable solution to the growing need for non-fish-based omega-3, it’s nevertheless exciting to know that we’re exploring more sustainable avenues.