Our multivitamin includes an algae-derived Omega-3, which is rich in the fatty acids EPA & DHA.
Here is why Registered Dietician, Whitney English, says vegans must supplement the Omega-3 EPA & DHA fatty acids:
These two long-chain fatty acids are found mainly in seafood.
Studies show they play an important role in brain function and have been linked to healthy aging throughout the lifespan.
Vegans get ample amounts of another omega-3 fatty acid in the diet known as ALA or alpha-linolenic acid. ALA is converted in our body into EPA and DHA, however, it’s a very inefficient process.
In order to get large amounts of these two nutrients, vegans must supplement.
EPA and DHA can be supplemented with algae-oil sourced from microalgae. Microalgae is actually what the fish consume that helps them accumulate these fatty acids.
However, microalgae is very small – hence the word micro - it’s not a food we can just incorporate into our diets. Therefore, vegans must take an algae oil supplement if they want to achieve high levels of these health-promoting fatty acids.