What if... algae is the answer?

Jun 24
What if... algae is the answer?

Anxiously, I awaited the opportunity to be in a room of international wisdom. The agenda had been reviewed and re-reviewed.  As we approached the 2014 Alltech Symposium in Lexington, KY, I had been fully prepared {and excited} to attend sessions about drones, soil microbes and non-traditional farms. What fascinated me the most was their algae project.

Over the last decade, I’ve been told many times by family, by friends and even doctors, to try taking a Fish Oil supplement to improve Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis conditions. The idea being that Fish Oil which is high in Omega-3 DHA Fatty Acids, reduces inflammation and symptoms of irritable bowel diseases such as Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis, which are also anti-inflammatory diseases. During the last 19 years, I’ve tried. Honestly tried. I’ve dragged myself to the supplement aisle, purchased that big bottle filled with horse pills large enough to choke an elephant, taken it home, struggled to swallow a pill a day and then suffered through the belching and other nasty side affects. Ninety percent of the time, the bottle has sat in my medicine cupboard 3/4 full until it passed its expiration date and was then discarded. Never really being given a chance to work.

With that lingering taste in my mouth, my eyes and ears were all open as I listened to the ‘Algae Opportunity,’ session during the symposium. All of this time I believed that the fish was the key to Omega-3 nutrition. It amazed me to learn that fish do not make Omega-3 DHA but obtain it from their algae diet. So what if we could by pass the fishy belches by obtaining the nutrition through green slim. Crazy, huh?

By going back to the original source of DHA we are eliminating several of the problems with fish oil including overfishing to fill supplements orders (something I didn’t realize was happening), dislike of the after taste and the troubling concerns of contamination like mercury. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to tour Alltech’s Algae production facility located in Winchester, KY. It was huge, towering over eight stories high {hello, fear of heights}. What’s most remarkable is... Continue reading on The Magic Farmhouse.

Guest post by: Jenny Schweigert

Originally published on The Magic Farmhouse

About Jenny Schweigert

A freelance graphic, web designer and writer, Jenny Schweigert blogs at The Magic Farmhouse about her family of five, their old farmhouse and adventures on the farm. She is a passionate agriculture and dairy industry supporter and has an interest in organic and alternative farming. Follow here at www.themagicfarmhouse.com

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