Getting your omega 3 vegan diet intake right is essential for your health. Many people talk about getting your Omega 3 fats from consuming fish and fish oils, but on a vegan diet plan, these sources are not an option.
In fact, there are significant health issues associated with fish and fish oil consumption due to them containing environmental pollutants like dioxins, PCBs, and heavy metals like mercury, for example, which is a well-known neurotoxin.
So what plant-based omega 3 foods or omega 3 vegan sources are there that you can use instead, and how much omega 3 per day does your body need for optimal health?
It’s important first off to understand that not only do you need to eat enough omega 3s in your diet but you also need to balance them with your omega 6 intake from the foods you eat.
Typically, people on a SAD diet or Standard American Diet will consume much more omega 6 than omega 3 and this can cause problems.
Too much omega 6 can cause inflammation in the body and this is typical on a diet that contains lots of fat. On a high-fat diet, like Keto or Paleo, you’re at a much greater risk of having too much Omega 6 and so inflammation in your body.
Not getting enough omega 3 fats can cause health issues like poor hair quality and excessive hair loss, joint pain and stiffness, depression, dry eyes, and also skin irritation and dryness.
So balancing your omega 6 and 3 intakes are very important and the ratios of 4:1 down to 1:1 of omega 6 to 3 are ideal.
Now we know omega 3s are vital for your health but what exactly do they do for your body?
Well, many things in fact and these include:
• Help aid eye health
• Help deal with anxiety and depression and other mental disorders
• Promote heart and overall cardiovascular health with lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure and reduce the chance of blood clots by actively thinning the blood
• Aid bone health by boosting the amount of calcium in your bones
• Lower menstrual pain
• Aid skin health and so avoid premature skin aging
• And they are even thought to promote brain health through pregnancy and the early life of a child.
So as you can see omega 3 is super important for your health and is what is called an essential fat – so one you must get in your diet or alternatively get from taking omega 3 vegan capsules like algae omega 3 supplements if deemed necessary.
Yes, taking what are called EPA and DHA omega 3 vegan supplements is another possible option for optimizing your omega 3 vegan intake.
Discover more in my video about omega 3 vegan foods or omega 3 vegan options like vegan EPA and DHA supplementation, and why overeating on omega 6 or omega 3 can have negative health consequences.
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