Fishy Business: Is your fish oil sustainable?
In the growing world where health awareness is becoming more imperative, supplement companies are striving to fill this need, they are developing new products and sourcing more and more materials to do so. In the rush to fill this need some companies are sacrificing sustainability and therefore forfeiting the eco-friendly nature of their products.
Fish Oil is one of the supplements that has substantial health benefits established for it, supporting numerous bodily functions. Some of these benefits include improved cardiovascular health, immune functionality, increased blood circulation, eye health, as well as increased memory and learning, and increased nutrition to you skin; making you look younger. It also fosters a more stabilised mood, and can help to reduced mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. Various Omegas within the Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) can also help to reduce joint pain, and have been said to reduce some cognitive diseases linked to ageing.
Because of the vast array of benefits of taking a fish oil supplement, and the universality of demand, it is important to consider what specific practices can be undertaken in order to source these raw materials in a way that ensures they are sustainable and what practices are not.
The regulation of fishing is important to ensure that overfishing is not undertaken. This legislation is vital so that we can sustainably maintain the ocean environment, especially those fishing sites specifically used to source the fish for the manufacture of fish oils.
By Catch Prevention is a specific practice of fishing that is considered sustainable. It is carried out to ensure that the catching of unintended species does not occur, this ultimately helps to sustain the ocean environment and its habitat.
Habitat protection is a vital element of sustainability, the fishing equipment utilised to catch the fish can be either of detriment to the environment or it can assist in fostering the sustainable nature of fishing. Specific lines and nets can be utilised by the boats which help to prevent seafloor and ecosystem damage, unlike methods such as bottom trawling and dredging. Nordic Naturals exclusively focuses on utilising these eco-friendly methods rather than utilising harsh techniques to source their fish.
Nordic Naturals ensures that marine pollution is not evident at any stage of processing fish oils. This is vital to guarantee the sustainability of fish oil products, the health of the ocean and the future diversity of fish species.
Along with Nordic Naturals, there are an increasing number of companies that follow these sustainable practices. By doing so they are producing a product that is both good for your health, as well as the health of our environment.