Our coasts are rich habitats for seaweed, seagrass, and algae which nourish the ecosystem above and below the surface. These ancient and diverse plant organisms contain essential nutrients important to health, including EFA’s or essential fatty acids, omega-3 and DHA. Sea cultures have for centuries foraged plants from coastal waters—wild harvests which, today are being farmed specifically for a new market of plant-based omegas.

Fish oil has been the standard supplemental source of EFA’s for decades however, overfishing and pollution has led to a demand for more sustainable alternatives. Wild-type algae cultivated in pure water, offers a solution to extracting the nutritional value of plant-omegas, without contamination or harmful impact on our oceans and the biodiversity they support.

Alaska Peninsula brown bear cubs on a bed of algae and kelp along the shoreline of Chichagof Island, Juneau, Alaska.

How David and Melanie Dane created the purest, naturally processed algae oil in the world.

From Herbal Medicine to Algae Oil by Mealnie Dane

Coming from a background of herbal medicine, which morphed into therapeutic essential oils (aromatherapy) and nutritive seed oils, our interest always involved the healing power of plants. We found seed oils particularly interesting because of the high quantity of fatty acids they contained, namely Omegas-3, 6 and 9. This motivated deeper research to learn more about the nutritional potency of plant-based Omega-3, the elusive and most important Omega.  

The Omegas 6 and 9 are classed as non-essential fatty acids because the body can manufacture them. On the other hand, Omega-3s are known as essential fatty acids because the body cannot manufacture them, therefore they have to be obtained through dietary means.  

In a dietary sense, we all get more than adequate amounts of Omegas 6 and 9. However, too much Omega-6 can be harmful and can inhibit the effectiveness of Omega-3. And because the modern diet does not provide the amount of Omega-3 required by the body to operate at an optimum level of health, dietary supplements are necessary. Flax, hemp and other seed oils provide some Omega-3 but in very negligible amounts and only in a form that the liver has to work hard to convert it so the body can use it. What’s more, they are loaded with Omega-6, just what you don’t really need.

In our search for more information, we were alerted to how vitally important Omega-3s are to the human body. On a cellular level, our body is reliant on an adequate supply of Omega-3, in particular DHA. And that is where Algae Oil came into the picture.

No other substance has been scientifically studied more than Omega-3s. The necessity of these very important essential fatty acids, and showing how Omega-3 supplementation can benefit just about every aspect of human health has been exhaustively documented.

In fact, more than 23,000 published research papers support the positive health benefits of high blood levels of omega-3s, specifically:

  • An excess of 6,000 supporting cardiovascular benefits.
  • Over 1,000 showing respiratory benefits.
  • And more than 2,000 showing metabolic health benefits, including healthy, normal blood sugar levels.

Higher levels of omega-3s, DHA especially, are associated with optimal cognitive function, cellular health, vision, skin health, immune health, normal liver function, joints and muscles, athletic performance, maternal health and overall longevity. This claim is heavily supported by scientific documentation.

Fish oil is very high in Omega-3, which explains why so many doctors, natural therapists, health practitioners and skin clinicians often recommend taking fish oil to their clients. However, fish do not make the Omega-3s found in their oil, they obtain it by eating microalgae, where Omega-3 DHA is created and stored by nature.

There is a lot of merit to taking fish oil for so many simple or complex health conditions. But for various reasons, not all of us want to take fish oil. The rational is broad spectrum and includes restrictions of a vegan diet as well as opposition to depleting the world’s fish resources.  Marine contaminants such as heavy metals (mercury, lead, selenium, arsenic, and cadmium), PCBs, dioxins, industrial products, and pesticides that may compromise the health benefits of fish oil have also been raised as concerns. This is understandable, because to remove some of the undesirable impurities, many fish oils are required to be molecularly distilled for human consumption. This heavy processing may further impact on the integrity and quality of the oil.

Algae Oil does not have these issues. Therefore, it makes sense to get your Omega-3 DHA from microalgae, the origin of the food chain, instead of from fish oil. Without being converted and diluted by passing through fish, the Omega-3’s from Algae Oil provide DHA and EPA in their purest, original and natural form and can meet your body’s needs.

That is why we have dedicated ourselves to producing megaOmega® Algae Oil the purest, cleanest and most potent source of Omega- 3 DHA on the planet.  

megaOmega® has the optimum ratio of 1000mg DHA to 10mg EPA—naturally balanced—so your body puts it directly to work without the multi-step conversion processes of other Omega-3 forms.

megaOmega® is produced by the first and only true water extracted DHA algae process without any chemical interference—isolating the algae oil without the involvement of solvents, hexanes or alcohol at any stage.  Using a select, unadulterated (no chemical and genetic modifications) wild-type food grade strain of Chromista algae (Schizochytrium sp.), only pure water is used in this patented process to extract an exceptionally high 50% + DHA Omega-3 oil.  

It is cultured free of environmental exposures in pure water with pure ingredients in quality controlled indoor tanks. This is a necessity to eliminate all risks of contamination so that it provides safe consumption for infants, the frail and the elderly.

Our water extraction process is environmentally clean—there is very little waste and no harm to our ecosystem—and is free of cellular contaminants, producing the purest naturally processed algae oil in the world.

We are very proud of this product. It is the ultimate vegan, organically pure and superior alternative to fish oil. It is honest, genuine and true to nature. It is important and safe for everyone, babies, children and the elderly. It is beneficial for those in all states and conditions of health—from athletes to the sick and frail—couples during preconception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It does not interfere with medication and accommodates those with cultural and religious food specifications. It is kind and does not take food from other marine creatures and is friendly to the environment. It is life giving.

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