What to look out for when choosing your Omega-3 supplements
Suddenly, the big ‘fish oil’ Omega-3 companies jumped onto the Vegan Omega-3 market. And you (seemingly) get more choice when you are looking for a vegan source of Omega-3.
But not all vegan Omega-3 products are created equal. Here’s what you need to know when choosing a plant-based Omega-3 supplement.
What’s the source of Omega-3?
Some companies like Blackmores and Healthy Care add large amounts of Flaxseed oil into their Algae Oil capsules in order to claim high levels of Omega-3. Nature’s Way Vegan Omega is ALL flaxseed – a whopping 1000mg.
Why does it matter if it’s Flaxseed Oil or something else? Isn’t it all the same?
The problem with Flaxseed Oil is it only contains Omega-3 ALA, which is the poorest performer of the Omega-3 group. Because it is not readably useable by the body, it needs to be converted to Omega-3 DHA and EPA to do the job it needs to do first. The typical conversion rate is so small (2.5%) that there is almost no DHA (the most important Omega-3) in the conversion.
The high content of Flaxseed oil in these products means that you are not getting the
all-important Omega-3 DHA that you need and are taking the product for.
So how do I choose the best vegan Omega-3?
You need to look for the DHA/EPA content to get the Omega-3 your body actually needs.
For example, compare the flaxseed or other ‘mixed’ Algae Oil products to MegaOmega where a serving of 2 MegaOmega softgels provides 700mg DHA; or 2 ml MegaOmega oil provides 1000 mg DHA. That’s the power Omega-3 your body needs and uses the most.
So whilst you may find a lot of other vegan Omega-3 supplements these days, we recommend to do your research and thoroughly check the label before you buy – so you are getting what you want and what you are paying for.
And when you do your research you will find that MegaOmega – even though we are not ‘big fish’ in the Omega-3 ocean of products – is hands-down the purest, cleanest and most potent source of Omega-3 on the planet. We are proudly only microalgae. Genuine, wild-strain, unaltered Algae Oil – in line with our Free Spirit values. Nothing added. Nothing taken away.