The Health Benefits Of Algal Oil

Algal oil is made from certain sea algae, and it is a rich source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), according to WebMD. In fact, the fatty oil that makes fish so healthy comes from all of the algae they eat, according to the Handbook of Marine Microalgae. Because algal oil is derived from a plant source, it is also a vegan-friendly source of fatty acid (via Good Housekeeping).

Algal oil is not simply an alternative to fish oil — it is considered a healthier alternative because it does not contain any cholesterol, nor does it have any toxins that might be in fish or fish oil. It does not smell (via Gourmet and Health-Promoting Specialty Oils), and it has no bad taste, so more people might be able to tolerate it, according to Good Housekeeping. In addition, algal oil might be better absorbed by the body than fish oil.

Algal oil is linked to several health benefits

Algal oil has all of the health benefits of fish oil. This is because it contains omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, which can reduce swelling and improve brain function, according to WebMD. Algal oil is also relatively safe for most adults to take by mouth, so long as they avoid consuming more than 3 grams per day.

Fatty acids also show promise in reducing depression. The Harvard Medical School notes that studies indicate they may have a positive impact on those with conditions, such as postpartum depression and bipolar disorder, but more research needs to be done in this area. This oil might also reduce anxiety, as omega-3 supplementation was shown to do so in a 2011 study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Furthermore, the omega-3 fatty acids found in algal oil might help fight against cognitive decline, according to Healthline. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you consider taking any supplements regularly.