1. Algae based Vegan DHA absorbs better than DHA from fish oil.
15% better, actually. Most fish oils come in what called an "ethyl ester" form. Essentially, this is a manufactured, concentrated version of natural fish oil which is found naturally in a "triglyceride" form. The quick summary is that DHA found in the triglyceride form is metabolized much more efficiently than ethyl ester forms and is much more bioavailable. All vegan algae oil DHA supplements are in triglyceride form which offers up numerous advantages. What's scary about buying fish oil supplements is that there is no labelling requirement to show is an oil is triglyceride or ethyl ester form. Yikes!
2. Eliminates the risk of consuming ocean toxins.
The contamination of our ocean greatly increases the chances for the accumulation of mercury, PCBs and pesticides in harvested fish. Recent data has shown that about 6% of U.S. women, or about 3.8 million people, exceed the amount of mercury that the EPA says is safe for fetuses.
It's something that we all learned about in high school: biomagnification. Big fish eats little fish. Big fish eats another little fish. Big fish gets loaded with toxins. Big fish gets harvested for fish oil... Is that worth the risk?
Also, how sad is it that us humans have managed to mess up the planet this much?
3. Most prenatal vitamins fall short
Please, oh please just make sure that your prenatal vitamin has at least 300 mg of DHA per day! The best way to make sure you get enough is with a Vegan DHA supplement.
4. Sustainability: Save the fishies!
Recent research shows that if current overfishing and pollution patterns continue, we can expect to see a complete collapse of world fish populations by 2048.
Fish oil is not sustainable. Algae oil is.
Not only is it possible to get a clean, effective DHA supplement by taking algae oil, you can rest assured knowing that you're not contributing to the devastation of our oceans.
5. Store 3x more DHA in your body. Yuss.
It's all because of the Omega-3 you've probably never heard of: DPA (docosapentaenoic acid). It’s only found in a few places on earth: seal oil, mother’s milk, and certain types of algal oil. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2013 shows that in just 14 days of supplementation, DPA had increased the proportions of DHA (by 3.1 times). What does this mean? It means that a vegan omega 3 supplement with DPA helps your body store more DHA! That is a fantastic finding and provides assurance for expectant mothers that want to make sure their baby is getting enough DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding.