We know that omega-3s are a key part of your nutritional intake, helping to support heart, joint and brain health. But is it possible to make your health a priority without creating a negative impact on the planet’s ecosystems?
The highest-quality long-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA come from marine sources: certain kinds of fatty fish, krill and ALGAE. In fact, fish and krill get the EPA and DHA Omega-3s they’re famous for from the algae they eat. . With rising populations, and warming seas, the world’s oceans strain to maintain their health while keeping up with increased global protein and omega-3 needs.
At Qualitas Health, the way that we grow algae and produce Almega PL represents a completely new paradigm that is sustainable and ocean-safe. Our ponds are inland, using non-arable land that would otherwise lay fallow, and brackish water that is too salty to drink or use in farming. Our farming and manufacturing therefore have no impact on our oceans, with the added benefit of being 100% vegan, sustainable and scalable.
Preserving the Health of our Oceans
The oceans of the world are of vital importance. In addition to hosting at least half of known animal and plant species, the oceans provide 50 percent of the Earth’s atmospheric oxygen (from algae!), are a source of food for both people and marine life, and are a source of livelihood to many millions of people.
Attempting to keep the life of the oceans stable in the modern age is a huge undertaking. Among the greatest challenges faced are:
Choosing to Be Ocean-Friendly
Overfishing describes unregulated capture of fish until a population (either species or geographical area) is depleted. Bycatch describes the accidental or incidental capture of marine life while fishing. The fish or other kinds of marine life scooped up in nets may be the wrong size, gender, age or species than the target population. Bycatch poses a large threat to the environment.
Sustainable fishing is one of many ways proposed to halt the destruction of the oceanic ecosystems. Efforts to maintain healthy fish populations, such as “dynamic closure,redesigned nets and limited hauls are being implemented, but it takes full cooperation from governments and the fishing industry to see measurable success.
Choices in Omega-3
Many omega-3 products produced from fish abide by international restrictions on growing and catching ocean fish. Fish and krill harvested from the ocean get their omega-3s from the microalgae they consume, but Almega PL(R) goes directly to the source!
We grow a species of algae that thrives in conditions we control at our farms in the Southwestern United States. using ponds filled with brackish water. Just as they would in the ocean, our microalgae consume carbon dioxide and absorb sunlight, using photosynthesis to create essential fatty acids, carotenoids, protein, fiber and oxygen. The algae are harvested, and their oil is extracted and lightly refined using only alcohol, yielding a high-quality, long-chain omega-3 ingredient – all without disturbing the delicate balance of the oceanic ecosystems at any point in the food chain.
Almega PL(R) is a great choice, both for your health and the health of our oceans.