Vegan omega 3 supplements from V-pure

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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

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?

7 Comments

  1. Source-Omega on July 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Purity and potency from algae oil made in the USA for both DHA and EPA is available as Pure One Optimized Omega-3. Just wanted you to know about a second choice in this area. Thanks Dr. Scott Doughman



  2. Mrs Green on July 1, 2009 at 8:15 am

    @Source-Omega: Hello Scott, welcome to the site and thank you for the link. It’s good to share resources. How do people with sugar intolerance cope with the sorbitol in your capsules?



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  4. Source-Omega on September 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    @Mrs Green: Thank you for this important question. Sorbitol is part of the capsule and is the safest non-glycemic sugar, plus this trace natural ingredient is at very low levels in Pure One. We also offer the liquid oil so you can remove the sorbitol from the equation.



  5. Mrs Green on September 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

    @Source-Omega: Great to know about the liquid version; I’d feel happier with that for my DD 🙂 Thanks for answering the question



  6. John Carter on January 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Hey Mrs Green,

    There is a new fantastic product available called Opti3. It is also 100% vegan approved and is higher strength than V Pure. Opti3 contains DHA, EPA, ALA and SDA (SDA of course has a superior conversion to EPA than ALA). Literally goes directly up against fish!

    It was only launched this year and I saw it at the health food awards where it won best new product.

    Great product, great price

    http://www.opti3omega.com

    Cheers
    John



  7. Mrs Green on January 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    @John Carter: Thanks for taking the time to tell us about Opti3 John; it’s always good to hear about new products



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