Is Your Fish Oil Sustainable?
Fish oil has emerged as one of the healthiest foods available today. It comes in supplement form and benefits people of all ages. Hundreds of studies confirm its healing properties. Rich in omega-3s, it improves cardiovascular health, fights inflammation, and relieves depression symptoms. Furthermore, it supports optimal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
But at what cost? Although the benefits have been well publicized, the effects on the environment have remained relatively undiscussed. Unfortunately, there are environmental repercussions that are far reaching. The fish oil industry, which is expected to reach $2.63 billion by 2020, has devastating effects on the ocean ecosystems. Krill and Algal oils, by comparison, are a much more sustainable alternative.
The Environmental Hazards behind Fish Oil Supplements
Some people take fish oil for cardiovascular health. Some use it to boost their brainpower, enhance memory, and improve mental function. Others see it as a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Even though its benefits are supported by science, its environmental impact is often overlooked.
The majority of supplements containing omega-3s, such as fish oil, come from Peruvian anchoveta – the most harvested fish worldwide. Up to 99 percent of these fish are ground up into animal feed and processed in supplement form. Most customers know them as anchovies. This fish is completely edible and could feed a large percentage of the population. Yet, it’s converted into oil and sold as a dietary supplement.
According to World Wild Life, 7 of the world’s top 10 fisheries use a whopping 90 percent of the fish processed for fish oil. Approximately 0.45 to 1.0 trillion wild fish were caught for fish oil and fishmeal each year for 2005-2009 despite their importance to the marine ecosystem. This number has increased ever since, affecting the aquatic food chain and biodiversity.
Furthermore, fish oil may not be as healthy as we think. Because fish are higher up on the food chain they are much more likely to contain toxins and heavy metals (for example, mercury) as compared to algae or krill who are at the bottom of the food chain. These toxins have been linked to brain damage, kidney and liver disease, cognitive impairment, blindness, and cancer.
What’s the Alternative?
If you wish to reduce the environmental impact your Omega 3 intake has on the oceans, consider two of the most sustainable options for Omega 3, Krill and Algal Oil. You get all the benefits of fish oil and much more. Loaded with antioxidants and phospholipids, Majen Wellness Krill Oil is chock full of nutrients not offered in fish oil. Our Algal Oil has it’s own unique benefits being the purest, least taxing form of Omega 3 on the planet. A kilogram of Algal oil, for instance, can replace 60 kilograms of wild-caught fish.
These products are not only better for the ecosystem, but safer too. The highest quality krill oil supplements are sourced from the pristine waters of the Antarctic ocean, so they contain none of the toxins and heavy metals present in fish oil. Moreover, they don’t cause heartburn, acid reflux, and digestive distress like fish oil can.
Research shows that krill oil delivers more nutrition per serving than fish oil, so you can take a lower dose and still reap the benefits. It boasts over 300 times the antioxidant power of vitamin A and vitamin E, over 34 times the antioxidant power of cQ10, and 47 times the antioxidant power of lutein.
Vegans and vegetarians can opt for algal oil, which contains no animal ingredients. This supplement is made from algae and boasts large doses of DHA. Since it’s free of allergens and GMOs, it’s safe for people of all ages, including children and pregnant women.
Now that you know the whole story about fish oil and how taxing it is on the environment, are you ready to make the switch? There’s no better time to start reducing your environmental impact on our beautiful oceans then today! Consider trying our Krill or Algal oils for a purer, more nutritious and sustainable alternative that will have you experiencing wellness on a whole new level!! Try them yourself – it’s one of the best things you can do for our future and your health.