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How Are Fish Oil Capsules Made?

 

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The process of making fish oil capsules isn’t as healthy as you might think. For a start, the fish oil goes through so much pressing, processing and polishing from the minute it comes out of the water that it’s a miracle there’s any real fish oil left. Although the impurities are meant to be removed by using hot water after the oil has been extracted from the fish, it is very difficult to truly remove them all since the water which the fish has come from is so polluted and toxic.

Fish oil producers have gotten themselves into trouble in the past for not warning the consumers about the toxins which are in the capsules, with over half of manufacturers failing to comply with the strict standards; however, people still remain unaware. The oceans and waters of the world are in many ways incredibly polluted. From plastics and other rubbish to the smoke and smog of city areas, the true state of the water is anything but pleasant. Due to the very high toxic density in plastic and the fact that fish often mistakenly consume it while swimming in the sea, the toxins end up in the fish oil capsule that you’re about to take with your next meal. For this reason, many vegetarians and vegans will instead prefer to take an alternative to fish oil, microalgae oil as it also contains DHA.

Other toxins which wind up in your fish oil capsule through the contamination of the water include mercury, the levels of which have risen 30% in the last 20 years. This isn’t a surprise to a lot of people; however, more shocking toxins which are ending up in your body via fish oil include lead, cadmium and even arsenic, something which not many of us would dare to touch. In fact, the world’s water is so polluted and toxic that experts have even suggested there may be hardly any fish left by 2048!

 

What’s Really Inside Your Fish Oil – Part 2

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Do you know where your fish oil comes from?

Of course, this doesn’t mean we should all stop eating fish from now on. But it should draw our attention when it comes to long term consumption of large amounts of fish oil supplements. We risk to, practically, burden our bodies with dangerous and harmful substances instead of doing something good for our health.

So, what is the answer to all of this bad news? The benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are unbeatable and our bodies obviously need it to function properly! And if fish (consider fish oil, as well), which is the richest source of fatty acids, is contaminated and can prove to be harmful if regularly consumed over long periods of time, how should we maintain our optimal levels of omega 3?

And here is the information that you, most likely, are not yet aware of! Finally, the good news: fish does not produce omega 3 fatty acids by itself either! How is this good news?! Well, exactly as it does with toxins, fish accumulate these fatty acids by consuming microalgae. So, both in the case of toxins as in the case of omega 3, the chain goes like this: small fish accumulate toxins from polluted water and omega 3 from consuming microalgae, then bigger fish consume the small fish and add to its body the substances that the small fish already accumulated, and so on…

And now, the next logical question – if we have identified the actual source of omega 3 fatty acids why, then, should we not go directly to that source to take what we need? And here is your answer: we, actually, can do that! You can find products with omega 3 extracted from sustainable algae oil instead of fish oil. Algae do not accumulate toxins, or heavy metals, or carcinogens what-so-ever. They are a pure source of fatty acids, so why don’t take advantage of that. The great bonus of algae oil supplements is that you benefit from all of the numerous properties of omega 3 fatty acids while completely eliminating the risk of having mercury, or cadmium, or toxins of all sorts accumulating in your bodies.

However, the purpose of this article is not to compare products, but to give information and draw attention. Don’t take anything for granted, but search for legitimate studies because you will find plenty of them on this topic. And it really is worth knowing all the ‘secrets’ of the products you think you are using for your well-being. I will just end with this question, which already seems kind of rhetorical: when being correctly informed and if given the choice, why wouldn’t you go for the full-benefits & risk-free option, especially when it comes to health?

Looking Beyond The Health Benefits Of Algae

Today, studies have revealed that with the help of other sources, algae oil can be used as a source of alternative energy. Algae oil is derived from the plant called “Algae” which is available in many parts of the world. What makes this plant unique is that it produces a huge amount of oil as compared to the other plants. The oil can be used for different purposes apart from using it for health reason. Of course, algae have been used in the treatment of weight loss and it is a favorite of vegetarians. However, with the need for alternative energy, algae oil has generated interest in recent time.

Algae oil has been developed and a small number of companies are using this alternative fuel. The major reasons why using this oil is far better is that it is cheaper and readily available. Besides, it produces clean fuel. One will come across many benefits of algae oil which it gives to the environment such as not producing harmful gases like carbon dioxide, which has adverse affects on the atmosphere. Hence, from safety point of view, one can boldly say that it is a huge advantage for the environment as well as companies who may use it.

Some researches are still ongoing on using algae oil as alternative energy. However, it is clear that, in algae oil, we have a useful and efficient solution to energy concern. In the coming years, we hope that we will not only use algae oil as essential fatty acid, but also use it to produce alternative energy on a large scale.

Algae Omega 3 for Vegetarians and Vegetarians

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Fats are by and large seen not as good – regardless of dietary selections or your lifestyle. They can be thought of as something to be prevented – not only by those looking to shed the pounds, but by anyone desiring a more healthful diet. And while it is a fact that those who eat animal products generally have more fats, it is also true that not absolutely all fats are not good. Fats tend to be much more than a supply of energy that may migrate to your own hips. Some fats are absolutely great for you personally. Really, without fats that are specific, we might fall ill as well as die.

Three groups

It is helpful to learn that fats fall into three groups to comprehend the reasons.

Saturated fats – those having a higher percentage of saturated fatty acids – are generally solid at room temperature. They usually come from animal sources. Typical examples are suet, lard and butter.

By comparison, most plant fats are high in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Two noteworthy exceptions are coconut and palm fat, which do include high parts that are soaked.

They have been reported to assist with numerous metabolic processes in addition to supplying energy. Included in these are cardiovascular and joint health in adults, along with eye and brain growth in the young. Nevertheless, many distinct PUFAs exist, and there is conflicting details about how well they are utilized by the body.

Hardly a week appears to go by with no report of the essential fatty acids being connected with one or even more health benefits. Moreover, these reports are broadly supported by clinical studies from research organisations and reputable hospitals all over the world.

The things they do

Omega-3 PUFAs are essential for keeping the membranes of cells, for cardiovascular and joint health, as well as a number of general health benefits. Maybe most significant is the function of DHA as an important component of brain tissues and human eye. The reason the vast bulk of infant milk formulas are supplemented with DHA will be to make sure the healthy growth of infants. Both DHA and EPA have already been correlated with brain growth in addition to cognitive function and may help ease many illnesses. Included in these are Alzheimer’s disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and lousy recollection.

Some key details about DHA:

For girls that are lactating or indeed pregnant, an added 100-200 milligrams daily of DHA is preferred.
The important dietary source of DHA and EPA is fish. Vegans and many strict vegetarians feel obliged to have fish goods including Omega 3 food supplements to make sure they get enough of the elements within their diet.

What is interesting is the fact that fish themselves don’t produce DHA or EPA. These fatty acids are just accumulated by them in the alga that they have from their food.

It is because of worries on the possibility contaminants.

Non-animal sources

DHA and ePA don’t appear in vegetables and fruits. However a variety of vegetarian and vegan food supplements can be found, these. Several of those offer DHA simply, while a few supply a mixture of DHA and EPA. Algae-derived Omega 3s are free from your contaminants related to fish and most are certified by the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies in the UK.

Fat decrease

Many specialist committees have urged a decreased consumption of total fat from the overall public. Vegan diets usually comply with present guidelines that fat must not give more than 35 percent of the total energy consumption of mature kids and adults.

While PUFAs have the contrary effect saturated fats contribute to elevated rates of cholesterol in the blood, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, the two non essential Omega-3 PUFAs, don’t usually happen in vegan diets. In the event you are vegetarian or a vegan seeking EPA and or DHA Omega 3, you need to choose for an algae- derived source, certified by / and vegan or vegetarian societies, and approved available in your nation or area.

What’s Really Inside Your Fish Oil – Part 1

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What’s really swimming inside your Omega 3 capsules?

Chances are you have already been advised to add fish oil supplements to your diet because of their multiple benefits to your health. From heart-health benefits to immunity boost and to helping with clinical depression, fish oil supplements are considered to have quite a wide range of action on our over-all well-being.

The reason why fish oil is so praised by so many is because it is reach in Omega 3 fatty acids. Our bodies do not produce this substance by themselves and it is not only recommended, but essential for our health to consume products that contain fatty acids. In fact, the real health benefits mainly come from two derived substances which are eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, or EPA and DHA. These acids are the ones fighting with high cholesterol, obesity, immune disorders, clinical depression, inflammation, and so on. And, because fish are a rich source of fatty acids and fish oil was easy to extract and encapsulate in the form of supplements, it is obvious why it has gain so much popularity during the last years.

However, people have started having some legitimate doubts regarding fish oil and its possible side effects. Don’t get this wrong, nobody is questioning the omega 3 fatty acids benefits, but there are concerns that the fish oil might be contaminated with harmful substances. The sad truth is that nowadays ocean waters are far from clean and pure. The main source of contamination is industrial: various factories, power plants or waste incinerators that release airborne mercury. The mercury falls onto the grounds and contaminates it as well as the water. Then, it is converted in methylmercury by different species of bacteria and fungi, which is an even more dangerous form of this heavy metal. Fish swim in polluted waters and absorb quite high quantities of these products. You may think that the methylmercury quantities found in fish can be neglected, but here are the facts: there have been found levels of 2.2 milligrams of methylmercury per kilogram of fish, whereas the maximum quantity of mercury recommended and accepted is 1 milligram per kilogram.

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Do you know where your Fish Oil comes from?

Why is this so dangerous for us? Well, if fish accumulate all this mercury, it is only logical to think that the same mercury is found in fish oil too. And as we ingest it, we ingest the heavy metal as well. The dangerous part is that our bodies cannot metabolize and eliminate heavy metals, but accumulate them. So, the more contaminated fish products we consume, the higher the levels of mercury in our bodies. Long term exposure to high levels of heavy metals, especially to methylmercury, can lead to disturbed vision and hearing, muscle weakness and lack of coordination, not to mention the effects it can have on young children’s motor, psychical and social skills development.

And there is more! So far, we only tackled the problem of mercury in fish oil and fish products in general. The even sadder truth is that this is not the only substance that can harm us. Ocean waters’ pollution does not stop at mercury. There is a wide range of heavy metals that somehow get into fish’ systems, like lead, arsenic or cadmium. Just perform a quick internet search and you can find numerous studies which have measured the levels of heavy metals in fish. And the story doesn’t stop here either. There is a lot of plastic waste that pollutes our waters and either by accident or because they consider it to be food, fish get to ingest little pieces of plastic. And these little pieces of plastic degenerate and release toxins, carcinogens and the most feared dioxins and PCBs. Over time, the last ones become highly carcinogenic even at low levels of exposure. Fish accumulate all these dangerous ‘ingredients’, so by ingesting fish products, we ingest the contaminants too.

To be continued!