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Seal oil vs. fish oil: 5 reasons seal oil always wins

10 November 2020
Seal Oil Omega-3

The benefits of omega-3 supplements for your overall health and wellness are well established. But not all sources of omega-3s are created equal—and so it’s important you choose wisely.

Seal oil has several crucial, scientifically proven benefits over other sources of omega-3s, including fish oil. Here we take a at 5 of them:

1. Two is good, three is better

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter: seal oil contains three distinct and important omega-3 essential fatty acids: Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); fish oil only contains EPA and DHA.

These three essential fatty acids work together to ensure the proper functioning of the human body, and each brings its own distinct advantages. Just as examples: DHA boosts brain health and may reduce anxiety and other mood disorders; EPA has proven heart and joint health benefits.

And DPA, while it does bring health benefits all its own; it also boosts the body’s ability to absorb and integrate all omega-3s, including EPA and DHA. By optimizing your omega-3 intake, seal oil is giving you the most benefit for your investment. Did you know? Seal oil is actually one of the few natural sources of DPA other than breast milk.

In this case, three is definitely better than two—especially when DPA is the difference!

2. Mammal to mammal

Seals, like humans, are mammals. And so it’s no accident that the human body more readily accepts the omega-3s from seal oil than those from cold-blooded fish. In fact, the fatty acids in seal oil are nearly identical to human fatty acids. For maximum absorption, choose seal oil.

3. Better absorption

Fish oil is often highly processed to modify its naturally occurring omega-3 levels to try to make it more digestible by the human system. This results in artificially boosted concentration, but not necessarily boosted efficacy. Have you experienced the joy of “fishy burps” associated with fish oil supplements? Consider yourself lucky if you have not—they’re a result of industrial processing that alters fish oil at the molecular level.

Seal oil is a natural option. It’s more molecularly stable, and much easier for your body to absorb and digest than fish oil.

4. The right balance

You’ve likely heard about “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Seal oil has a healthy balance between the two, heavily in favour of good HDL cholesterol, with a smaller proportion of LDL cholesterol. This ratio is ideal for the health of your heart and circulatory system and is proven to reduce the risk of thrombosis (blood clots).

Fish oil, on the other hand, has higher levels of LDL cholesterol, which may be an issue for anyone who struggles with LDL levels in the body. It also has the potential to increase the risk of thrombosis.

5. Pure and natural

All-Canadian seal oil comes from the pristine, cold, clear ocean waters of northern and eastern Canada, and is free from added hormones, pesticides, or other additives. The product is sustainably sourced from an abundant population of free-living, wild animals, and directly rendered from seal blubber—no further processing is required in order to increase the level of Omega-3 artificially as opposed to most fish oil available on the market.  The process involves Ethanol which, when combined with the natural oil, results in a brand new molecular structure called an Ethyl Ester. Although higher levels of EPA and DHA are now possible through this process, the resulting product is far removed from its “natural” beginnings.

Is flax oil healthy?

Flax oil and other plant-based sources of omega-3s certainly can be healthy additions to your diet. However, the primary beneficial fatty acid found in flax oil is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which must be converted into long-chain DHA and EPA by the body. It’s just one more step your body doesn’t have to do with seal oil.

The choice is clear: the preserved purity, complete omega-3 profile, chemical stability, optimized absorption, and beneficial cholesterol balance of seal oil make it hands-down the best source of omega-3s for humans of all ages.