Omega-3 fats are essential fats which we have to add to our diet, as opposed to other fats that our bodies can make on their own. These essential fats can be found in flax seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and dark green leafy vegetables. These are short chain Omega-3 fatty acids called Alpha-Linolenic acids. Our bodies can actually elongate these short chain Omega-3’s into the long chain, so called “Marine Omega-3’s” DHA and EPA. The long chain Omega-3’s are not found naturally in a terrestrial plant-based diet, but are actually made by little algae out in the ocean. This is the algae that the fish get it from. The fish cannot produce it themselves, they receive it from these algaes. So, as vegans, to get these long chain Omega-3’s into our diet we can consume an algae-based supplement without the industrial pollutants that have contaminated the aquatic food chain, even the distilled fish oil capsules.
Recommended Dose: 250 mg of algae-based DHA per day.