Our ‘Explained’ series of posts aims to simplify the information surrounding vegan nutrition. This article discusses vegan Omega-3.
- All 3 types of Omega-3 fatty acids are important but the evidence suggests EPA and DHA to be beneficial.
- Omega-3 improves brain function, reduces the risk of inflammation and possibly some chronic illnesses such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
- Vegans will naturally have lower levels of EPA and DHA because they do not eat fatty fish and the body’s ability to convert ALA is limited.
- Omega-3 deficiency is more common than people think (dry skin/poor sleep).
- Vegans should aim to increase their intake of ALA by eating more ALA rich-foods (listed in this article).
- Improving your Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio is important for health and to reap benefits of Omega-3.
- You can reduce Omega-6 intake by limiting processed junk foods high in processed oils.
- You could consider taking a DHA supplement to help with Omega-3 levels and for ease of mind. Although, the supplements can be expensive.
- A supplement for EPA is not necessary but many supplements include both EPA and DHA.