Comment: Let's hear it for algae

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Let's hear it for algae

People consuming fish and fish oil may exceed the World Health Organization’s daily safety limit for dioxins and dioxin-like substances, such as PCBs, which reduces value of fish as a DHA source. In fact, fish oil may be so contaminated, it may even increase inflammatory markers, so much so that it may be not be able to counteract the adverse effects on mood caused by the arachidonic acid in fish. Other industrial toxins may include endocrine-disrupting pollutants and heavy metals such as mercury. Although tuna companies advertise tuna as safe and healthy for us and our children, they appear to just be employing the same techniques that chemical companies have used to try to suggest that pesticides, such as DDT, are safe and healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are therefore best obtained from fish-free sources, such as microalgae-based DHA. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are no longer found in sufficient quantities in chickens due to genetic manipulation.

The USDA, FDA, and EPA’s mission of monitoring our food supply against the contamination of drugs and chemical residues has yet to be fully realized. The average can of tuna in the U.S. exceeds EPA standards and may damage the brain of infants, children, and adults (more than that in vaccinations, amalgam teeth fillings, high-fructose corn syrup and Ayervedic supplements). One in four women exceeds EPA mercury safety limits by eating as little as one meal of fish per week. Because regulations in the U.S. allow up to ten times as much mercury in fish as EPA limit allows, it is advisable for women who eat a lot of fish to get tested for mercury when considering pregnancy. Other contaminants in meat may also adversely affect fetal development. Fish (especially farmed) may also contain industrial pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs. One-third of more than sixty brands of soda tested for the carcinogen benzene exceeded safety limits. There is arsenic in American chicken products. Although banned decades ago, DDT is still found in products such as fish oil (even distilled is not pollutant free). Algae-based omega 3′s offer an organic, hygienic, and safer way to ensure DHA and EPA status without heavy metal or industrial toxin exposure.