Seal oil, once prized as a fuel source and ingredient in soap, has now stormed the marketplace as perhaps the best source of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids available for humans. The depth of its importance as a food-grade health supplement is only just truly being understood, and its market value is increasing in step.
The health benefits of Omega-3s are well-established, known to reduce inflammation, boost brain function, increase cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones, vision, and the immune and nervous systems. Omega-3s are crucial to normal growth and development, and though they are found in every cell in the body, they are not produced by the body and must be accessed through food or supplements. A growing body of research indicates Omega-3s may have a role to play in the prevention of arthritis, strokes, certain cancers, and some chronic diseases. Seal oil is a well-rounded supplement with no known adverse side effects—but a growing list of benefits.
The three Omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in seal oil are Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
DPA: the advantage over fish oil
Research suggests that because seals are mammals, seal oil is easier for humans to digest and process than fish oil. As well, fish oil is a source of EPA and DHA, but contains virtually no DPA. Seal oil is an excellent source of all three of these essential fatty acids. Seal oil also has a longer shelf life and is less likely to oxidize or spoil than most fish oils.
What about flax oil?
Flax oil, too, has long been shown to have significant health benefits for humans. Its primary beneficial fatty acid is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which must be converted into long-chain DHA and EPA by the body. The fatty acids in seal oil are directly available for absorption.
As well, Canadian seal oil is sustainably sourced from cold, clear ocean waters—free of additives, hormones, or pesticides. It is a natural product directly rendered from seal blubber, with no additional processing required.