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How to Choose Spirulina Microalgae As an Omega-3 Source

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Simon Stirling is a self-taught British writer who started writing professionally in 1999. Stirling began in technology titles and was initially published in "Amiga Format" magazine and on visualize-software.com, but nowadays focuses primarily on health-related topics.
How to Choose Spirulina Microalgae As an Omega-3 Source
Spirulina is an exceptionally nutritious algae. Photo Credit multicolored algae image by Nikolai Sorokin from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are most popularly obtained from fish. Whereas it is possible to get enough from eating fish portions, many people choose the more convenient option of taking an isolated fish oil capsule each day. However, making the decision to choose spirulina microalgae over any alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids is straightforward. This plant is a well-known herbal dietary supplement. Furthermore, as one of the most popular green superfoods, its profile of nutrition is far superior to any fish oil product.

Step 1

Avoid fish oil supplements. These are the most prominent source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, within the boundaries of nutritional supplements. However, such products are incomplete extracts, which only hold omega-3 fatty acids, sometimes accompanied minimally by vitamins A and D. Furthermore, oil-based items like this are always sold in gelatin capsules, which are common allergens for certain people.

Step 2

Purchase spirulina tablets. Search for 200 mg micro pills preferably, as these normally have a 100-percent pure plant content. Being totally stripped of any unwanted additives and synthetic fillers increases the absorption rate significantly. Dr. Julian E. Bailes of West Virginia University School of Medicine states, "EPA and DHA may be obtained from a pure and sustainable source---algae, which is produced in a controlled environment, and is free of contaminants, including other drugs or banned substances."

Step 3

Chew your pills. This is not preferable for everyone, but is generally advisable. Breaking down the tablets before swallowing makes it easier for your digestive system to process the algae's constituents. This enables you to reap maximum nutritional benefit.

Step 4

Take on an empty stomach. Despite the fact that spirulina is dominantly sold as a dietary supplement, it is really a food. Therefore, it's not necessary to swallow the tablets with a main meal, as is the case with isolated omega-3 products. Allowing at least an hour before and after ingesting will mean that more of the nutrition manages to reach your bloodstream successfully.

Step 5

Use spirulina as a meal replacement. This plant is so nutrient-dense that it can be comfortably taken in bulk---approximately 3,000 mg---instead of normal food. According to the Spanish journal "Archivos Latinoamericanos De Nutricion" in 2002, the alga is a prime source of most valuable nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids.

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