View Full Version : DHA from algae

11-24-2003, 07:14 AM
I'm vegetarian so I can't take fish oil for my EFAs. What I'm wondering is why flax is sold as the solution rather than algae oil? It contains no EPA but from what I understand the body will produce this from DHA via retroconversion? And considering the ALA in flax oil would have to be converted to EPA/DHA inefficiently anyway? Fish are a good source of EFAs because of the algae they eat, so why not us?

11-24-2003, 07:30 AM
Yes. Fish get it from the algae so there's no reason we can't.

Here's a link to an abstract that showed that the very supplementation you are talking about favourably altered lipid profile.


11-24-2003, 11:34 AM
there is only one company in the world that makes DHA from algae : Nutraceuticals Corp.

the prime consumer of this stuff is babies that get it in infant formula's

the stuff in bottles is really expensive compared to fish oils and other sources

also consider how cheap 1 gram of flax is

1 gram of flax yields .5g's ALA which is enough to make 100MG DHA

consider that the companies selling the bottles of DHA (Solaray etc)

only advise 100MG daily

I think it's pretty easy and much cheaper to get it from flax

even though the conversion is really low it dosen't matter really

unless we have significant scientific evidence that we need more DHA than these companies are recommending