Most of us have been told that eating fish is the best way to get our omega 3 fatty acids in, an essential nutrient in building and maintaining healthy cells and a functional immune system. We’ve even reviewed the benefits of taking fish oil supplements previously on the blog. However, you may not know that you can get these nutrients in the form of plant-based diet changes and supplements, too.
Where do Omega-3’s come from?
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in fatty fish, such as salmon and cod - but just like us, these animals can not actually produce omega-3’s on their own. The nutrients come from the algae and plankton that the fish eat before reaching your dinner plate.
Since this discovery, many people have turned to plant-based supplements for their omega-3’s. Think of it like cutting out the middle man and going straight to the source. In these supplements, microalgae are typically used to create extracts full of all the omega-3’s you need.
Are plant-based options as effective as fish oil?
There is nothing to suggest that plant-based options might work differently than fish oil supplements. These supplements are frequently recommended to those following a strictly vegan diet, as these diets don’t always meet the recommended intake of 250mg per day of long-chain omega-3 fat (EPA and DHA).
As with most supplements, more research is needed to make definitive claims. However, plant-based gummies, capsules, and tinctures of Omega-3’s are generally considered safe and effective ways to bolster your intake of the essential nutrient.
Plant-based options may not be the right choice for every person, diet, or lifestyle. However, if you are interested in exploring more plant-based supplements, starting with your omega 3 fatty acids can be a great place to make the switch.
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