Omega-3 fatty acids — including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) — are critical for the proper structure and function of cell membranes. They help keep your brain, heart, and immune system healthy*. Most people don’t get enough omega-3s, especially plant-based eaters, and they mistakenly believe that fish and fish oil are the only sources.

Good thing that’s not true, because there aren’t enough fish in the ocean to provide the world’s population with the DHA and EPA it needs.

Health organizations recommend getting 250–2,000mg of DHA and EPA,8 combined, daily for optimal health, but scientists have calculated that, based on an intake of just 500mg daily, it would take...

1.2 million more tons of DHA and EPA than what is currently available to serve the world’s population9 — and fish only supply 15% of the global demand.10

Black jar filled with Complement Essential vegan multivitamin capsules.

But hold on a minute…

Fish get their omega-3s by eating algae, so why not just go straight to the source? Algae grows quickly and doesn’t contribute to overfishing, so it’s more sustainable than harvesting fish. Algae oil is a potent source of omega-3s, and research has shown that algae oil production puts less strain on the ecosystem than that of fish oil — and will continue to, even with increased demand.

The unprocessed, unrefined algae oil used in Complement Essential contains additional beneficial compounds, such as carotenoids, omega-7 fats, and chlorophyll, which gives it a dark green color that appears nearly black.