Spirulina Omega 3 & Omega 6

Spirulina Omega 3 & Omega 6

Spirulina Omega 3 & Omega 6

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are part of the “Essential Fatty Acids” (EFA’s).

This is the content of EFA’s in Spirulina per 100 g: Total Omega-3 fatty acids 922 mg
Total Omega-6 fatty acids 1404 mg

A tablespoon (approx. 7 grams) of Spirulina provides a small balanced amount of fat — around 1 gram —
including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in an approximately 1.5–1.0 ratio.

While not a particularly fatty food (it contains only about 5 percent fat), dried Spirulina
does contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in an attractive ratio of about 1 to 1.6.

Most Western diets have an omega 3 to 6 ratio of about 16 to 1, and most experts agree
that the amount of omega-6 fatty acids in modern diets is way too high and may contribute
to a number of health problems due to their inflammatory properties. In short omega-6 fatty acids are not the problem, but their proportion in the fat amount we eat is.

Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and have been associated with a number of health benefits.

Interestingly, Spirulina has also been singled out as a good natural source of beneficial oils, along with a few other supplements and foods such as evening primrose oil, hemp seeds, and borage seed oil.

Omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). In the right proportion with omega-3 fat, they are anti-inflammatory, rather than pro-inflammatory. Due to the perfect balance between those two, some studies found that Spirulina is good for acne-prone skin as well as other skin inflammations.

Recent studies show that getting your omega fatty acids even from sustainable fishing farms is not as beneficial as previously thought; after all, fishes get their high content of fat by directly consuming sea-weeds, so should we. Check this healthy fish replacing recipe here.

Natural Sources of Omega-3

There are three types of Omega-3 fats: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). To achieve a balanced health those healthy fats must be consumed in balanced proportion and directly from natural sources (the least processed, the better). Most of them are easily destroyed by heat and even light.

Hemp oil, walnut oil and mustard oil contain certain good amounts of Omega-3, so does Algal oil, extracted from seaweeds and Spirulina.
With the extra bonus of fiber content, many vegetables, especially green leafy ones, are a good source of ALAs.
More sources of ALAs: Spirulina, some other seaweeds too but not Chlorella often compared to Spirulina; Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach; most nuts & seeds, especially walnuts, hemp & chia seeds.

Proven benefits of natural food sources rich in omega-3:

  • Good cardiovascular health 
  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes prevention by stabilizing blood sugar levels
  • Boosting immunity
  • Protection against inflammation, less bone & joints aches, (arthritis)
  • Stronger muscles
  • Healthy stomach lining
  • Constipation relief
  • Reducing obesity risks
  • Reducing cancer risks 
  • Skin, hair and nails (several benefits, including acne cure)
  • Protects against allergies
  • Depression and mood swings prevention
  • Eases dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
  • Regulates menstruation
  • Enhances fertility
  • Nourishing brain cells: better concentration & memory
  • Improved cognitive function (learning, coordinating)
  • Alleviates mental disorders
  • Alzheimer prevention & treatment

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