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Vegan omega 3 supplements from V-pure

Submitted by on Monday, 22 June 2009 Loading Add to favourites  7 Comments

healthy_womanThere are two types of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids; linoleic acid (LA), known as omega 6 and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) known as omega 3.

Most people get plenty of omega 6’s in their diet, but not enough omega 3’s. Omega 6’s are available in most vegetable oils, avocados, pumpkin seeds and wholegrain cereals.

Omega 3s are available in oily fish, eggs, meat and flax. Obtaining enough Omega 3 can be problematic if you are a vegan. Thanks to V-Pure, this is no longer an issue with their vegan Omega 3 supplement made from algae.

Types of Omega 3s

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not simply a case of taking flax oil in order to obtain good levels of Omega 3 oils!

Omega 3s are made up of three types of fatty acids; all of which are important to health.
Omega 3s are called essential fatty acids as they must be included in your diet because the human body cannot manufacture them. The three omega 3 fatty acids are:

  • ALA alpha-linoleic acid
  • EPA eicosapentaenoic acid
  • DHA docosahexaenoic acid

Flaxseed oil contains high amounts of ALA, but no EPA or DHA.  EPA and to a lesser extent DHA can be made in the body from ALA, so although taking flaxseed daily is beneficial to health, it might not be enough for some individuals.

Omega 3 and health

Some of the conditions Omega 3 oils can help with:

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD
  • Individuals with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Certain cancers

In addition, pregnant mothers need plenty of omega 3 oils for healthy brain developments of the baby.

Omega 3 supplements

The most readily available form of omega 3 supplements come from fish oil. Even if you eat fish, you might be concerned about toxic contaminants such as heavy metals.

Vegan alternative include flaxseed, but, as mentioned above, this only contains ALA and not the other essential fatty acids.

Fortunately, there is a new product on the market which is Vegan society registered and vegetarian society approved AND it contains all three EFAs!


V-pure produce a top quality vegan EFA supplement made from algae. The algae is grown in controlled conditions, is 100% organic and free from contaminates. Most importantly the algae is specifically grown for V-Pure’s supplements, so does not reduce a natural source of food for wild fish.

The capsules are made from potato starch and the product is free from allergens such as wheat, dairy and sugar.

They cost just £14.95 for 60 capsules. V-Pure are currently running a 3 for the price of 2 offer; so why not try them and let me know what you think?


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