Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Algae Oil vs Fish Oil & Tips to Destress

Here's just a couple of pointers for b2d'ers.

Ryan D Andrews, RD, over at Precision Nutrition has written a nice summary of why we might want to consider algae oil in lieu of the fish stock depleting fish oil.

If you can't see the whole thing, the take aways are that fish stocks are being depleted at an alarming rate - some of this due to the 3000% raise in sales of fish oil since the start of the decade (according to the book Bottom Feeders).

Apparently the DHA/EPA levels in algae oil are great for humans - higher DHA from which EPA can be generated if we need more of it.

Various studies have looked at algae oil in many of the same contexts as fishoil:

The essential fats from algae may improve fatty acid balance and:

  • Cardiovascular function
  • Nervous system function
  • Immunity
  • Memory & concentration
  • Mood
  • Neurotransmission
  • Insulin sensitivity & nutrient partitioning
  • Body composition
While not specifically mentioned, Algae should have the same properties as fish oil if not better for anti-inflammatory effects, since these are derived from the omega 3's.

So there are some alternatives for fish oil. Including of course being, as Andrews puts it "karma lite"

De-Stress. And in celebration of the uk's National Stress Awareness week starting Nov 4, here's my 10 tips for geeks on how to de-stress. You may want to share with the geeks you love.


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