The three most common types of omega 3 fatty acids are known as DHA, EPA and ALA. Dietary intake of DHA and EPA is mostly commonly through seafood, although their best source is algae (where they originate).
- DHA: the main structural component of the brain, skin and retina and is therefore vital in brain function and development.
- EPA: involved in the reduction of inflammation and has also been shown to help reduce the symptoms of depression.
The omega 3 oils found in seafood are not actually synthesised by the fish themselves, but by the algae they eat. Due to the risk of micro-plastic and mercury poisoning from fish, Vitbox has chosen to source DHA and EPA omega 3 oils directly from algae, creating a safer and more sustainable omega 3 supplement.
Research has shown that most western diets do not contain enough omega 3, and are consumed in an unnatural ratio to omega 6s. A high omega 6/3 ratio is very common in the western diet and has been linked to many common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory and auto-immune diseases. This is partly due to the over consumption of omega 6s, found in abundance in processed foods, and a low consumption of omega 3s, traditionally consumed through fish.