The days of low fat diets are over. Health professionals are now encouraging people to regain their health and stay fit with “healthy fats”. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most widely studied and talked about healthy fats. Currently, the principal source of Omega-3 fatty acids for human consumption is fatty fish, but is this the best way to obtain these powerhouse nutrients?
Fish oil is one of the most highly marketed products today, but there is a catch, it may not be the best option for you, or for the environment. Fish can contain high levels of mercury and other environmental contaminants. And these may be found in fish oil supplements, which also have a reputation for leaving a repugnant taste behind. Furthermore, overfishing has led to the declination of global catches since the late 1980s. And the dire status of fish resources is largely unrecognized by the public, who are encouraged to eat more fish and misled into believing that there is still a sea of plenty.
Similar situations have emerged for another Omega-3 source, krill, which are small crustaceans found in our oceans. Krill are key to the oceanic food chain and overfishing could significantly disrupt other marine life. Moreover, Omega-3 fatty acids that are derived from fish and krill must go through additional processing. To increase Omega-3 content, the product is first broken down to concentrate the DHA and EPA. It is then reconverted back into triglycerides to be used by the body.
For viable Omega-3 fatty acids with no metals, additional processing, or fishy leftovers, we can go direct to the plant source. Microalgae are the initial and most potent Omega-3 producers in the marine food chain, and this is where fish and krill obtain Omega-3s themselves. Algal oil supplements are a good alternative to the popular fish oil supplement because they are more sustainable, they don’t pose the risk of contamination that can build up in many fish, and they are effective for vegans and omnivores alike. Bottom line, they are the least processed biologically active form of Omega-3 fatty acids you can get.
So how does one get all that? Brain Armor goes back to the source with a range of algal originated Omega-3 supplements in liquid concentrate and soft capsule form. Brain Armor Super Omega-3+ supplements are derived from an exclusive strain of marine algae, farmed in purified water, right here in the United States. All Brain Armor products are tested for purity at multiple touch points, non-GMO, soy free, vegan friendly and without any artificial sweeteners. All liquid concentrates are deliciously flavored with 100% natural essential oils and natural flavors from limes and mangos. So if you’re looking for an ultra-pure supplement, proven to support your structural brain health and cognitive performance, remember that the source matters. There’s nothing fishy about Brain Armor products.
Stacy Cappadona MS, RD, CSCS received her BS in Exercise Science and MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. She has worked with athletes of all ages, active duty military personnel, and is now serving the communities in Southern Oregon at an all inclusive Wellness Club.