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Vegan Omega-3 - Why You Should Be Having Them Every Day

Vegan Omega-3 - Why You Should Be Having Them Every Day

Despite the numerous health, environmental and ethical benefits that vegan and vegetarian diets exhibit, obtaining the daily requirements of omega-3 fatty acids can be difficult with only plant sources. Luckily, there is one surprising, omega-3 rich plant that is available – microalgae!

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for bodily processes such as eye health, skin integrity, brain development and cardiovascular health [1]. This nutrient is broken down into three types – alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

ALA

  • Found in most vegan sources of omega-3
  • Needs to be converted into EPA & DHA by the body to be utilised. Only a small amount of ALA is converted to EPA, and even less into DHA.
  • When ALA is not converted, it is stored or used as energy
  • Sources: plant sources such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans

EPA

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Improves a low mood & depressive symptom
  • Sources: microalgae, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines

DHA Function

  • Eye health
  • Skin health
  • Brain development in children
  • Cognition
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sources: microalgae, oily fish, cod liver oil

An omega-3 deficiency can be associated with such conditions as lower intelligence, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and cancer [2, 3]. The microalgae used in vegan omega-3 supplements are rich in both EPA and DHA, which are typically only found in animal sources. Vegan omega-3 supplements are also beneficial for any diet, as they do not pose the risk of containing heavy metals that fish oils do.

In order to avoid an omega-3 deficiency, it is crucial for those following a plant-based diet to consider supplementing with vegan omega-3 daily. Please see below for our best range of vegan omega supplements.

REFERENCES

[1] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/

[2] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2004.00552.x

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17876194/



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