Do Vegans Need Omega-3 Supplements?

Do vegans need to supplement with omega-3 fatty acids?

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found mainly in seafood are crucial for our brain, heart, and overall health. While our bodies can make EPA and DHA from ALA (a fat found in plants), the conversion rate is very low.

Despite a large intake of ALA, vegans have been shown to have low levels of DHA and EPA, which brings us to the question of whether or not people who consume a strictly plant-based diet need to supplement these fatty acids. And if so, are the vegan-friendly omega-3 options (algae oil) as effective as fish oil?

Let’s take a look at the research on omega-3 supplements and various health conditions!

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