Special edition: Omega-3

The varied sources of omega-3

By Stephen Daniells

- Last updated on GMT

Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from a variety of sources: Fish, krill, algae, plants, mussels. In this gallery we tour the world and look at the sources making waves in the $5 billion omega-3 food, beverage and supplements industry.

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Vegan Source

Posted by David Anderson,

Algae based Omega 3 could be the best source in compare of fish based as fishes carries lot of ocean contamination which may harmful for body. I am using v-mega3 which is 100% natural and vegan source of Omega-3 it gives me great results. I also have tried fish based Omega 3 supplements but not really satisfied with their after taste.

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EPA and DHA content of phytoplankton

Posted by Jim Punkre,

Can someone tell me the DHA and EPA content of phytoplankton (algae)? How does it compare to fish oil and krill? Please provide a link to an independent source so I can confirm this. Thanks!

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Fish are not any more natural then veg sources

Posted by Hamish McFarland,

There are serious disadvantages to fish as a source of DHA and Omega 3. It is not sustainable without major negative environmental impacts. Fish, and farmed fish even more so, contain significant amounts of heavy metals, agricultural chemicals, and other undesirables; and the bioavailability of DHA from fish is quite limited. The supply of krill is diminishing rapidly in spite of claims to the contrary by some industry proponents, and Krill are a poor source of digestible EPA and DHA.

There is no such thing as a food that is natural or unnatural for humans to consume. One must evaluate any consumable on the basis of its biochemistry and nutritional value.

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