What are Omega oils?
Omega oils are fatty acids which are beneficial to human health. This family of oils includes, among others, Omega 3 oils, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Alpha Linolenic acid (ALA) and Omega 6 oils Arachidonic acid (ARA).
Why are Omega 3 oils essential?
Omega 3 oils are beneficial to, and deemed essential for, human health; however the human body does not naturally produce Omega oils but must derive them from other food sources for the components needed by the human body e.g. EPA & DHA.
These components must be ingested in useable form and in specific, varying amounts and proportions for the desired wellness or therapeutic effects. The EPA and DHA components that are efficiently usable (or convertible) by the human body are present in the oils derived from the traditional primary source, oily fish and in other marine mammals - all of which derive it from algae.
How do humans obtain Omega 3 oils?
As our bodies do not naturally produce Omega oils, we must get them from other food sources such as wild-catch deep sea fish, other marine animals, algae and vegetables including flaxseed. The human body readily and efficiently converts oils from wild-catch deep sea fish, other marine animals and algae into usable Omega 3 oils EPA and DHA. This is not true of vegetable oils (including flaxseed) whose processing in the human body only produces a relatively meagre yield of Omega 3 oils. Flaxseed oil is currently the Omega 3 oil of choice for vegetarians who choose not to consume marine animal oils, but as with all other plant-sourced Omega 3 oils, it contains only alpha linolenic acid (ALA Omega 3 and no EPA or DHA so it does not bring the wellness/therapeutic benefits of these Omega 3 oils.
Omega 3 oils in algal oil are nutritionally equivalent to fish oil as they contain either EPA or DHA (or both) and can replace oils from marine animals and flaxseed oil as an Omega 3 ingredient.
Omega 3 oils EPA/DHA are recognised, based upon a large quantity of scientific evidence, as vital functional ingredients delivering significant health benefits, and ‘essential’ in the diet for the maintenance of development and maintenance of good health. Further, as a Harvard School of Public Health study concluded, Omega 3 oils EPA/DHA deficiencies can be devastating in their consequences.
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EPA and DHA are present in the oils derived from oily fish, other marine mammals and algae, but not present in vegetable oils including flaxseed oils. These fatty acids are recognised as ‘essential’ in the diet for the maintenance of good health. Human diets globally are deficient in EPA/DHA, consequently the omega 3 oil industry has impressively increased with the rising health benefits of EPH/DHA supplementation.
The rapidly growing acceptance of the health benefits of omega 3 oils and in particular EPA, reflects clinically proven cardiovascular benefits and expanding use in nutritional therapeutics and in personal care therapeutics.