Why Essentials Vegan Omega-3?
Our Vegan Omega-3 is extracted directly from algae cultivated in ultra pure, controlled conditions, using an environmentally responsible fermentation process. Conducted indoor, this type of production removes the need for outdoor ponds, which results in a very small ecological footprint.
The oil extraction is gentle – no chemical solvents – resulting in a pure, natural triglyceride form of algae oil. Unaffected by ocean pollution, it's FREE of heavy metals (such as mercury) and other pollutants, such as dioxins and PCBs.
It has NO artificial colourings, and it is GMO-free, lactose-free and gluten-free. A dose of 2 Essentials Vegan Omega-3 capsules contains 300 mg of DHA and 150 mg of EPA.
Omega-3s are crucial for heart, brain, eye and overall health
EPA and DHA are found in every single cell of your body, which means they play an important role in overall health. A daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA combined contributes to:
Not all omega-3s are created equal
The body can't make omega-3s from scratch, so you have to get them from your diet. But not all omega-3s are created equal.
Simply put, there are 3 main omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Plant-based food sources, including chia or flax seeds and walnuts, contain ALA, the basic omega-3 fatty acid that has to be converted into EPA or DHA before it can be used by the body. But here's the problem.
- The conversion rates are extremely low – a maximum of 8% of ALA converts to EPA and up to 4% to DHA in healthy young men1; up to 21% converts to EPA and up to 9% to DHA in healthy young women2.
- Consuming higher levels of omega-6 fattyacids (nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, meat, vegetable oils; extremely problematic in the Western world) slows down EPA and DHA conversion even further.
Thus, to reap the overall health benefits, you need to consume EPA and DHA directly.
Common food sources include oily fish, krill oil and, of course, algae oil. As fish get their omega-3s from algae and krill, and krill get theirs from algae as well, algae is considered the primary source of these nutrients. Hence, getting EPA and DHA straight from algae oil shortens the supply chain immensely.
Omega-3 deficiency symptoms
Research suggests less than 20% of people world wide 3 get the recommended intake of a minimum of 250 mg of omega-3 per day! Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency can include:
- reduced brain function,
- mood changes or even mental health issues,
- dry, scaly or irritated skin,
- dry eyes,
- joint pain and stiffness, and
- thinning, dry or brittle hair, even hair loss.
Who do we recommend Vegan Omega-3 to?
1 Burdge, Graham C et al. “Eicosapentaenoic and docosapentaenoic acids are the principal products of alpha-linolenic acid metabolism in young men*.” The British journal of nutrition vol. 88,4 (2002): 355-63. doi:10.1079/BJN2002662
2 Burdge, Graham C, and Stephen A Wootton. “Conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to eicosapentaenoic, docosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in young women.” The British journal of nutrition vol. 88,4 (2002): 411-20. doi:10.1079/BJN2002689
3 Stark, Ken D et al. “Global survey of the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in the blood stream of healthy adults.” Progress in lipid research vol. 63 (2016): 132-52. doi:10.1016/j.plipres.2016.05.001