Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids are essential dietary nutrients. These essential fats are found in all our cells and cannot be made by our bodies, which is why our diets must be rich enough to supply them.
Omega-3 can be found in flax seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, rapeseed oil and fish. Omega-6 can be found in safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed and sesame oils. Ideally we need them in a ratio of about 1:3, but the modern diet, and the fact that Omega-3's are fragile and easily destroyed by heat, means that we actually get closer to a 1:10 ratio of these fats. Therefore, we either needs to radically alter our diets, or we need to supplement Omega-3.
The following supplements are vegetarian supplements that supply Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Premier DHA by Premier Research Labs is a plant-source Omega-3 DHA fatty acid food supplement derived from algal oil that supports brain, nerves, eyes and heart function. This is a healthy vegan alternative to fish oils.
Omega-3 fatty acids are defined as essential fats, which means that the body cannot make them from scratch, and so they must be supplied by the diet. The most important form of these Omega-3 fatty acids is DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), which is a long-chain type of Omega-3 fatty acid essential for the healthy functioning of the brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system and, in children, eye tissue development.
DHA, unfortunately, can only be adequately sourced from fish and shellfish, but our bodies can make it by converting the omega-3 Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in plant sources such as flaxseed oil and other cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts) and green leafy vegetables. However, our bodies are very inefficient at converting ALA into DHA (usually <5%), which is why vegetarians and vegans, or anyone who does not have adequate quantities of fish or shellfish in their diet, can struggle to maintain optimum levels of DHA. (Many also choose to limit their fish and shellfish intake due to the increasing toxicity of our seas, lakes and oceans.)
Premier DHA is a high quality, non-GMO Docosahexaenoic Acid sourced from algae, making it a vegan-friendly and clean DHA source — the healthy alternative to fish oils!
Directions: Adults or Children (12 years and over): Take 1-2 soft gel caps daily, Children (age 3-12 years): Take 1 cap daily. Children (4-8 years): contents of capsule may be sprinkled in a small quantity of food or mixed in juice to avoid swallowing a capsule.
|Ingredients per veg soft cap||Amount|
|Vegan product. 100% solvent free, excipient-free. No magnesium stearate, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues, or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin capsules. Free from GMOs. Violite bottle.|
|DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid from algal oil)||200 mg|
Sunflower Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sunflower Lecithin, Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract
|Soft Vegetable Capsule:|
corn starch, glycerin, water, carrageenan, sorbitol, beta-carotene, caramel color
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