Omega−3 fatty acids, also called Omega-3 oils, ω−3 fatty acids or n−3 fatty acids, are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs); They are widely distributed in nature as an essential part of animal lipid metabolism, and play an important role in the human diet and in human physiology. The three types of omega−3 fatty acids: ALA can be found in plants, while DHA and EPA are found in algae and fish. Marine algae and phytoplankton are primary sources of omega−3 fatty acids. DHA and EPA accumulate in fish that eat these algae. Common sources of plant oils containing ALA include walnuts, edible seeds, and flaxseeds as well as hempseed oil, while sources of EPA and DHA include fish and fish oils, and algae oil.
Omega-3 supplements can be produced from whole fish, krill, by-cuts and trimmings of fish processing, plants and algae. Small pelagic fish such as anchovies and sardines are normally caught for fishoil production. Trimmings originate mostly from tuna and other seafood processing plants. Algae are harvested or farmed. Plant oils normally originate from agriculture or processing by-products. While processing of by-cuts is considered to be lower impact origin, sustainable fisheries and agriculture production can also be a lower impact source of Omega-3 oils. For more information on Friend of the Earth certified sustainable Plant Based Omega-3, visit Friend of the Earth website.
Friend of the Sea Sustainable Omega-3 standard
For an Omega-3 supplement or oil to be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable, the product must pass a Friend of the Sea audit to verify its production compliance with the following requirements:
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