Omega-3 is vital for a number of mechanisms in the human body and is most commonly accepted as being important for cardiovascular (heart) health and as a core nutrient for the support of the anti-inflammatory processes in the human body. However this is only the tip of the iceberg for the global health stress caused by a deficiency of Omega-3. Our founder has contributed to research through clinical studies that demonstrate the importance of Omega-3 for learning and brain function. We need a balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 oils to get the right balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory processes, as well as the correct structure in the cell membranes of our brain cells. However, the balance is by about 8-fold in favour of Omega-6 due to a heavily land-based diet. Unless you are eating seafood four times per week, you are most probably deficient in Omega-3.
The current production of Omega-3 from fish in the ocean is not going to keep up with the need for reducing inflammatory processes and supporting cell function through nutrition. The future will rely on the original source of Omega-3 being the focus for production, algae.
Omega-3 from the Thraustochytrid algae is very rich in DHA, the longest chain fatty acid that is sought after in marine fish. However the DHA from algae also contain better amounts of squalene and phytosterols, and less cholesterol (Conchillo et al 2006). This is why, on top of it being a vegetarian and original source of Omega-3, we use algal Omega-3 in ourSeaFibre-3 capsules to target the support of anti-inflammation processes through gut health and adequate Omega-3 nutrition.
You can hear about some of the research that our founder has been involved with linked to Omega-3 deficiency and aggression in prison inmates here. This research is now continuing to bigger trials to see how far algal Omega-3 supplementation can make a change in offender behaviour.
Our gut microbiomes are complex ecosystems, much like a rainforest soils, and should host many different types of bacteria. Therefore, a combination of dietary fire is as important, and more effective, in maintaining a good gut balance.