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Omega-3 review: Half a gram needed for heart benefits

August 10, 2009

News on the proven beneficial health effects are increasing on top on an already high level of supporting evidence for the same since mid-1980-ies.

See the article below, where Carl Lavie, lead author of the review, says This isn’t just hype; we now have tremendous and compelling evidence from very large studies, some dating back 20 and 30 years, that demonstrate the protective benefits of omega-3 fish oil in multiple aspects of preventive cardiology

Click the link below to read the article review:

Omega-3 review: Half a gram needed for heart benefits

What I would like to contribute to all these good-news messages of DHA and EPA is: they are synthesized by marine phytoplankton! No need to do some gene hockying to put the  DHA and EPA genes in foreign organisms, nature already produced these compounds since billions of years. From the bottom of the foodweb (marine phytoplankton), these PUFAs enter the nutritional chain through zooplankton  and fish, and ultimately become available for humans.

So why catch fish, or use the unwanted by-catch, to extract these compounds – if they can be directly taken from the source that makes it? Why make microorganisms living on sugar, making carbon dioxide and consuming  freshwater (a simply way to state what most heterotrophic bacteria and yeasts do), if the alternative exists? The alternative, again, is phytoplankton, using solar energy and carbon dioxide to make up 95 % of their biomass… without using precious resources, without increasing humanity’s already oversized ecological footprint! Note, phytoplankton can be grown in the most barren regions of this earth, on saltwater, hence their production does not consume any economic goods, nor does such an activity compete with any other human need…To good to be true? No, that is nature’s way.

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  1. October 10, 2009 4:43 AM

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!

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