Ethyl esters are very different from the triglyceride form of Omega-3 naturally found in sea food. They are a completely synthetic product and are created in the fish oil manufacturing process.
What happens is raw fish oil is processed to remove unwanted contaminants and separate the fatty acids from the triglycerides. Once separated, Ethanol is added to the fatty acids to allow for further chemical separation of non-Omega-3s and the Omega-3s. The result is a concentrated, but synthetic form of Omega-3.
Unlike the naturally occurring triglyceride form of Omega-3, the biggest problem with ethyl esters is that they’re poorly absorbed, so unless you take fish oil with a fatty meal, most of it will go right through you and not be utilised.
Another problem is that synthetic fish oil can be prone to rancidity, which doesn’t do your health any favours.
Higher Omega-3 levels have been consistently linked to better health and longer life spans. It is also well known that the majority of our population is severely deficient in these all-important Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
So, what is the best way to access these Omega-3s?
Algae Oil is the natural answer. And it is much better than fish oil as it is cleaner, purer and overall, a healthier product. Algae also provides a higher potency oil without the negative issues that fish oil can present.
What is Algae Oil?
Algae oil is an oil that is produced from marine microalgae and has the highest content of naturally occurring Omega-3 essential fatty acids on earth.
Fish do not make Omega-3 fatty acids. It is only in their system because they eat algae that is rich with Omega-3, mostly DHA and why fish oil is loaded Omega-3.
Therefore, by extracting the Omega-3s directly from the source (marine algae), we can obtain these necessary fatty acids, without harming fish or the environment and provide a perfect solution for those needing omega-3s but not wanting to take fish oil.
As there is no such thing as killing fish “sustainably” for fish oil, the only ethical and real sustainable choice is to leave fish in peace and find a vegan source of Omega-3.
Finding a Quality Supplement
There are a number of Omega-3 products on the market but not all perform the same as some brands recommend inadequate and ineffective serving sizes.
Why? There is a simple answer – by recommending less than adequate serving sizes, there will be more servings in the bottle. This way, the customer can then believe the product is less expensive and of better value. Unfortunately, because the serves do not provide enough Omega-3 to be effective, the customer will not gain the benefits they are wanting the product to give them.
So be selective when you are shopping. Look for products that are supported with transparent representation both on line and in their product packaging.