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Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea Marine Algae-3 (30 softgels)
Whole Earth & Sea Marine Algae-3 provides all the benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish oil in a sustainably harvested, non-GMO formula derived from algae. This fish-free oil is easily utilized by the body and has no fishy smell or aftertaste, making it an excellent vegetarian and vegan alternative to fish oil.
Microalgae are a key source of omega-3 EFAs. Other plant sources, such as flax, chia, and hemp seeds, contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a shorter chain omega-3, which the body can only partially convert into EPA and DHA. Marine Algae-3 provides highly concentrated, preformed EPA and DHA, bypassing the need for conversion.
Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, support cognitive health and brain function, as well as cardiovascular health. DHA is especially important to brain function, and comprises 30–40% of the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the cerebral cortex. It is highly concentrated in the cell membranes of the retina and brain, especially the synapses. With six double bonds, DHA is the most unsaturated fatty acid, which means it makes membranes the most fluid and biochemically efficient. It facilitates the healthy structure and function of cells. DHA also affects neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine regulation.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to healthy cell membranes, the dysfunction of which is a critical factor in the development of virtually all chronic diseases. EPA and DHA are also transformed into prostaglandins, compounds that help regulate heart, digestive, and kidney function; inflammation and hormone production; and blood pressure.
Microalgae Schizochytrium oil (Schizochytrium spp.) (whole): 1000 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids: 400 mg
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): 120 mg
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): 240 mg
Other Ingredients: Vegetarian softgel (non-GMO modified corn starch, glycerin, carrageenan, purified water), non-GMO sunflower oil, lecithin, rosemary extract, natural non-GMO mixed tocopherols, non-GMO ascorbyl palmitate.
Recommended adult dose: 1 softgel daily or as directed by a health care practitioner.
Cautions: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking blood thinners, anticoagulants, antithrombotic drugs, or other medication to reduce blood clotting, or if you are taking blood pressure or blood sugar lowering medications. Discontinue use one week prior to surgery to avoid blood-thinning effects. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have a bleeding disorder or a tendency to hemorrhage. Keep out of the reach of children.
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