We often hear Omega 3 oils being called “Essential Fatty Acids” this is because our bodies are not capable of making them i.e. it’s essential to obtain them through diet or supplementation.
While plant-based Omega 3 fats are important, it’s the EPA and DHA from marine sources that are key for our health.
3 main components:
ALA (α-Linolenic acid) - from plant sources
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) - from marine sources
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) - from marine sources
EPA and DHA
EPA and DHA are so important in fact, they are in
Once consumed, they are incorporated into our cell membranes. They are used to make chemical messengers which influence tissue health in joints, heart, brain and eyes.
Where you can get Omega 3s?
Best plant sources (ALA):
Best Marine sources (EPA & DHA)
- Marine microalgae
For a better world, it’s important to choose sustainably sourced fish. In NZ the most sustainable sources of EPA & DHA are anchovies, blue mackerel, pilchards and marine microalgae. (According to NZ Forest & Bird Best Fish Guide 2017)
What's the difference between EPA and DHA?
EPA and DHA work together, both are important for the health of cells in the brain, joint, eye, heart and blood vessels.
DHA is particularly important for brain health and function. The body uses EPA to support
What are EPA & DHA important for?
DHA makes up 20% of our grey matter.
• Fetal and childhood neural development and mental focus
• Mental clarity and focus throughout the lifespan
• Mood and emotional well-being
• Maintenance of cognitive function in old age
The optic nerve is made of the same tissue as the brain.
• Eye growth and development
• Visual acuity, healthy ageing of cells in our eyes
• Coronary vessels that supply oxygen to the heart
• Healthy blood pressure
• Healthy triglycerides levels
• Healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol ratios
Joint health depends on EPA for healthful messages.
• Joint tissue health
EPA & DHA are also important for supporting healthy blood sugar balance and maintenance of healthy skin condition for positive ageing.
Eating plenty of beautiful, colourful fruit and
Although fish are a dietary source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fish do not synthesize them; they obtain them from the algae (microalgae in particular) that they eat. For people who prefer
This high strength, vegan omega 3
Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. HealthPost, Collingwood.