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OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTS

Unless you’ve been in a Rip Van Winkle-like slumber, you’d know that omega 3 fatty acids (typically thought of as ‘fish oil’) is one of the most important nutrients in the human diet. But here’s the ironic part. Fish don’t make these omega-3s, they have to consume them in their diet. So you’re probably wondering what is the best source, right? If you answered ‘algae,’ then go to the head of the class.

Moreover, the effects of omega 3 fats are quite robust and healthful. For instance, observational studies have linked lower omega-3 and higher omega-6 fats with inflammation and depression. In fact, a recent study suggested that omega 3 supplementation can reduce inflammation and anxiety even among healthy young adults.1 Human clinical trials further suggest benefits of omega 3 supplementation, especially when combined with energy-restricted diets or exercise.2 A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition looked at 44 men and women who supplemented with either omega 3 fats or safflower oil daily. Compared to safflower oil, the omega 3 supplemented group experienced an increase in fat free mass with a decrease in body fat after 6 weeks of supplementation. These changes were significantly correlated with a reduction in salivary cortisol (the stress hormone) according to the study.3 Another investigation found that consuming omega-3 fats during intensive wrestling training can improve lung function of athletes during and in post-exercise.4 Omega 3 fats can also improve heart function during exercise.5 What about side effects? According to the current data, omega 3 fats are consistently safe. A six week study found that omega 3 fat supplementation had no effect on blood pressure.6 Folks often wonder if you can take ‘too much’ of these fats. If you are taking medications that prevent clotting, then perhaps consult with your primary care physician about how much omega 3’s you should consume. Currently, there are no federal guidelines for omega 3 consumption. Nonetheless, the preponderance of the data suggests that you consume approximately 2,000 mg per day of EPA and DHA (eicospantanoic and docosahexanoic acid, respectively).

ASTAXANTHIN

If you find it difficult to pronounce astaxanthin, fear not. Although it isn’t part of the general American lexicon, it should be. You are probably consuming this amazing carotenoid and not even realizing it. Astaxanthin is that reddish pigment found in food like salmon, shrimp, and seaweed. Chemists say that it is structurally similar to beta-carotene (which gives carrots its orange color). Astaxanthin has some interesting properties that many in the sports world are not aware of, but should be. For instance, scientists examined the effect of astaxanthin supplementation on muscle enzymes as indirect markers of muscle damage, oxidative stress markers and ant-ioxidant response in elite young soccer players. They took 32 elite male soccer players and had them randomly assigned to an astaxanthin and placebo (P) group. After the 90 days of supplementation, the athletes performed a 2 hour bout of exercise. They discovered that supplementing with astaxanthin may prevent the exercise induced production of free radicals and depletion of non-enzymatic antioxidant defense in these young soccer players.7 Animal studies of shown an improvement of endurance and a loss of fat as well.8 Furthermore, astaxanthin can lessen exercise-induced damage in mouse skeletal muscle and heart9 and promote an increase in utilization of fatty acids as an energy source during exercise.10 In perhaps the most intriguing study, scientists examined the effects of astaxanthin on substrate metabolism (i.e. what fuel source you use) and cycling time trial (TT) performance by randomly assigning 21 competitive cyclists to 28 days of encapsulated astaxanthin (4 mg/day) or placebo supplementation. Testing included a VO2max test (i.e. the classic test of cardiovascular fitness) and on a separate day a 2-hour constant intensity pre-exhaustion ride, after a 10 hour fast followed 5 minutes later by a 20 km TT. That’s quite a bit of exercise! The results were fascinating to say the least. They observed significant improvements in 20 km TT performance in the astaxanthin group (121 seconds faster), but not in the placebo (they were only 19 seconds faster). The axtaxanthin group significantly increased power output as well whereas the placebo group did not.11 At such a small dose (4 mg/day), astaxanthin is a supplement that all active individuals should consume. Couple this amazing carotenoid with omega 3 fats and you have a dynamic duo that will definitely do the body good.

ANIMAL FEED

After the bulk algae biomass is processed for Omega 3 oil and Astaxanthin, the remaining dry algae cake serves as a nutritious and easily digestible feed for livestock – cattle, pigs, chicken and goats. It is price competitive with other feeds, environmentally friendly to produce and better than corn, which is difficult for cattle to digest.

When algae cake is mixed with trace amounts of Astaxanthin, livestock show increases in fertility rates. It has also demonstrated the following health benefits in poultry and cattle:

Poultry Health Benefits
Increases calcium content and strength of the shell
Increases in the number of eggs per year
Increases egg laying period from 14 months to 24 months
Decreases mortality rates from 10% to less than 2%
Prevents, reduces, eliminates osteoporosis and degenerative conditions
Significantly better taste
Cattle Health Benefits
Increases quantity of milk and healthier and better tasting milk
Easy for cattle to digest
Increases ‘good’ butter fat percentage
Significantly longer milking period
Prevents, reduces, eliminates osteoporosis and degenerative conditions
Prevents, reduces, speeds repair of physiological and physical mastitis
Prevents and reduces incidence of encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease