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Natural Factors Marine Algae-3

Natural Factors Marine Algae-3, 60 Vegetarian Softgels

#NF35499 . Expiration date April 2016.
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Feature summary

OmegaFactors Marine Algae-3 is a 100% vegetarian source of both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) long chain omega-3 fatty acids. It is made from specially selected microalgae grown in a controlled environment, eliminating the risk of ocean-borne contaminants such as PCBs and dioxins. The microalgae are from a sustainable source that doesn’t deplete the ocean’s natural reserves of algae. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are followed to ensure the highest quality product. 

Microalgae are a key source of EPA and DHA in the food chain and their availability as a dietary supplement is a major advance in human nutrition. Other plant sources of omega-3s, such as flax, chia, and hemp seeds, contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a shorter chain omega-3, which the body must convert into EPA and DHA – a process that is not very efficient. One study found that less than 0.4% of ALA was converted to EPA and DHA combined. Marine Algae-3 provides highly concentrated, preformed EPA and DHA, bypassing the need for conversion. 

Each softgel provides 360 mg of EPA and DHA, without the fishy smell or aftertaste typical of some fish oil supplements. As a source of EPA and DHA, Marine Algae-3 is an excellent vegetarian alternative to fish oil.

Main selling features

  • Provides 400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids from wholeSchizochytrium oil, including 240 mg of DHA
  • Harvested from specially selected microalgae that produce EFAs naturally
  • A 100% fish-free, non-GMO source of both EPA and DHA
  • No fishy smell or aftertaste
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly

How it works

A diet deficient in omega-3s, particularly EPA and DHA, results in altered cell membranes. Without a healthy membrane, cells lose their ability to hold water, vital nutrients, and electrolytes. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells and be controlled by regulating hormones. Cell membrane dysfunction is a critical factor in the development of virtually all chronic diseases, especially cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Long-chain omega-3s have tremendous protective effects against all these diseases. 

EPA and DHA are also transformed into regulatory compounds known as prostaglandins, which carry out many important tasks. They regulate inflammation, pain, and swelling; help maintain blood pressure; and regulate heart, digestive, and kidney function. Prostaglandins also participate in the response to allergies, help control nerve signal transmission, and help regulate hormone production. Through their effects on prostaglandins and related compounds, long chain omega-3s can mediate many physiological processes, making them useful in virtually every disease state. 

DHA is especially important to brain function, and makes up 30–40% of the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the cerebral cortex. DHA is responsible for cell membrane fluidity, receptor strength, and control of signalling molecules in the brain. DHA also affects dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine regulation.


Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 Softgel
Serving Size: 60
Servings: Amt/Serving
Microalgae Schizochytrium oil  
(Schizochytrium spp.) (whole) 1000 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids 400 mg
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 120 mg
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 240 mg
Non-medicinal ingredients
Vegetarian softgel (non-GMO modified corn starch, glycerin, carrageenan,
purified water), non-GMO high oleic sunflower oil,non-GMO sunflower lecithin,
rosemary extract, natural non-GMO mixed tocopherols, non-GMO ascorbyl palmitate.