When your body is sick, it is said to be in a state of dis-ease (aka disease)
Disease is caused by inflammation in your body
Fish oil is used to quell inflammation, but concerns around its quality have raised doubts
ALGAL OIL is a vegan alternative to fish oil, and contains DHA – a powerhouse fat
Inflammation is a double edged sword when it comes to your health. On one hand, it’s the reason you heal from a cut, a hard workout, and even the bug you caught from someone at work. Your body releases inflammatory agents to kick off a repair and regrowth process at the cellular level.
On the other hand, too much inflammation is dangerous. Our most common conditions: heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and depression exist because of high levels of inflammation in the blood. And if that wasn’t enough, elevated inflammation releases cortisol (the stress hormone), which in turn forces your body to store fat.
The most popular anti-inflammatory supplement is fish oil. It’s packed with omega 3 fats – the good kind your body needs to thrive. But in recent years, the quality of fish oil has diminished, largely due to cheap supplements and rising levels of contamination found in farmed fish. For this reason, some are now turning to algal oil – a vegan alternative derived from algae.
In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, algal oil is high in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is one of three omega 3 fats (EPA and ALA being the other two).
Why DHA is crucial to your health
Your brain is 60% fat and 97% of that fat is DHA. It builds the cell membranes and nerves in your brain, whilst maintaining the structure of your cerebral cortex, the part of your brain responsible for memory, language, creativity, emotion and attention.
When it’s low on DHA, your brain utilizes whatever fat is available (including processed fats from junk food). The result is suboptimal cognitive performance and an actual shrinkage of the brain!
Supports a healthy pregnancy
Just as calcium helps build babies bones, DHA builds their nervous system. For this reason, medical guidelines recommend pregnant women take 200 milligrams of DHA per day. Studies looking at the development of babies from mothers supplementing with DHA versus those who did not, showed significant differences in visual recognition, memory and verbal intelligence.
Other benefits of algal oil
Not only do its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but algal oil also helps reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, both risk factors for heart disease.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Inflammatory bowel diseases, known for severe symptoms such as diarrhea or ulceration of the digestive tract can be addressed naturally via algal oil. Algal oil can reduce inflammation in the GI tract.
Tips when buying algal oil
Algal oil is widely available online and in most health food stores. Be sure to look for brands that are organic and 100% algal oil. You may see it labeled as algae oil too.
As always, pushing for health.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.
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