You’ve most likely heard of omega-3 fatty acids, but did you know there are eleven different types of omega-3 fatty acids? Luckily for us, there are only three that are essential to be aware of: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) — most commonly found in plant-based foods — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — both of which are found primarily in fatty fish, fish oils, and even algae. With that said, let’s narrow it down further! While ALA is important, it’s converted into EPA and DHA by the body and resides in lots of plant-based staples such as kale, spinach, walnuts, and chia seed.
Both EPA and DHA are essential, yet for the purposes of this article let’s focus on docosahexaenoic acid.
DHA is an essential form of omega-3 fatty acid that is necessary for a healthy, functioning body. With that said, DHA is specifically important for the health of your brain and eyes. Even though DHA is found readily in fish-based foods — such as eggs and fatty fish — those that practice a strict plant-based diet can consume DHA through vegan-safe supplements.
Here are a few to get you started!
This Amala Vegan Omega 3 Supplement with Essential Fatty Acids, DHA & EPA & DPA is the “fish oil power with the fish!” These softgel supplements are 100 percent all natural, toxin-free, preservative-free, and vegan! The essential omega fatty acids are sourced from plant-based algae. These supplements focus on improving cardiovascular function, boosting proper brain development, increasing eye health, and increasing the health of your immune system. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $24.67.
Nick Falcone says “I’ve spent considerable time researching before buying a vegan Omega 3. One thing that stood out as a positive was the GMP logo on the bottle. That indicates this company adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices. Anyone can read up on what this means by doing an internet search. Overall, a great product which I intend to continue using.”
This Diet Standards Omega 3 Vegan DHA Supplement is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free, using only sustainably grown marine algae and seaweed extract, with zero fish oil or other animal products. This product has been third-party tested and is 100 percent mercury free. Diet Standards specific formula focuses on providing brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. This product is free of fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, salt, yeast, starch, sugar, and gluten and uses non-GMO products for the vegan capsules. A 180-vegan capsule bottle costs $42.00.
Garden of Life is a highly-regarded, trusted, certified B corporation source of sustainably sourced and pure supplements. This Garden of Life Vegan DHA Supplement is 100 percent vegan with 64 percent concentrated omega-3 sourced from marine algae, which purports to be the highest concentrated omega-3 available. This formula focuses on supporting eye health and boosting brain power. Plus, this supplement has a pleasing orange flavor with zero aftertaste! A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $23.49.
Tangent4 says “I bought this product after looking for an algal source of DHA. When the box arrived, I noticed that one of the ingredients was glycerin, with no indication of the source. While the main ingredient is clearly vegan (algae), I was concerned that the glycerin was not. I emailed the company and they promptly replied that the glycerin or glycerol is, in fact, vegan. They even sent me a document showing confirmation that it is from a vegetarian source. So far, I really like these capsules, and after the response, I got from the company due to my concerns, I will definitely be buying more.”
This Freshfield Vegan Omega 3 DHA Supplement is 100 percent vegan, pure, and mercury-free. This supplement sources FDA approved plant-based marine algal omega 3. This formula will boost heart, joint, and cognitive health, fight inflammation, as well as tackle anxiety and depression symptoms. Freshfield is proud to offer this completely fish-free, environmentally-friendly, sustainably sourced supplement. A 60-capsule bottle costs $21.84.
Megan W. says “I recently switched from regular fish oil to this vegan omega supplement and although I haven’t been taking it very long I can already see the results and I love that there are no fish burps accompanied with it! I will definitely continue to use this product and am excited to switch my husband over to this product as well!”
This ÉSTORA Omega 3 DHA Algae Vegan Oil Supplement uses a blend of algal oil that targets holistic brain health including memory and cognitive performance, as well as reducing inflammation, improving joint and bone health, and boosting cardiovascular health. ÉSTORA sources their omega 3 DHA from vegan-friendly live microalgae which has been tested for heavy metals and provides maximum absorption. This product has zero fillers, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. A 60-capsule bottle costs $37.99.
Inessa says “What a great vegan option! Created by a company who actually cares. Will absolutely order again!”
This DEVA Vitamins Vegan DHA supplement uses vegan-friendly, algae-sourced DHA that is free of ocean-borne contaminants. This blend uses plant-based ingredients such as sunflower oil, lemon oil, vegetable glycerin, natural vitamin E, and rosemary extract. These vegan softgels are not only a great source of that essential omega-3 DHA, but they are also excellently priced! A 90-vegan capsule bottle costs $19.92.
Cirroc says “I’ve been taking DEVA algae pills for over a year now and when I forget to take it I feel stiffer, achier. This may sound silly, but it’s true. I just start to feel old and creaky. Then I get back on my routine of taking my DEVA algae pills and within a day my joints feel lubricated again. Kind of like how a car engine needs oil to lubricate the parts, this is my engine oil. If you have food sensitivities, rest easy. This product is free from GMO’s, yeast, wheat, gluten, hexane, dairy, egg, salt, sugar or preservatives. If you are vegan for ethical reasons, you will be happy to know this product contains no animal products or derivatives. It is certified vegan by the Vegan Society. Skip the fish and the mercury contamination that comes with it, and go straight to the algae!”
Think just because you’re vegan, you can’t have gummies? Try this Mary Ruth’s Organic Vegan Vitamin Omega 3-6-7-9 Gummies Supplement! Mary Ruth’s uses plant-based, organic, non-GMO, vegan-friendly ingredients free of gluten, wheat, yeast, nightshades, and gelatin. These vegan gummies come in sugar-free peach, mango, and apricot flavors and are sourced from flaxseed oil and organic seaberry. Mary Ruth’s, a small mother-daughter run business, promises 100 percent satisfaction or you get a full refund! A 120-capsule bottle costs $27.50.
Mac says “I LOVE these gummies. For so many reasons. With the other Mary Ruth supplements, I have more energy and feel better than I have in a long time. The taste is fantastic, and since a serving size is 4 gummies I feel like I’m eating a well-deserved treat. It isn’t a hassle to get my young children to take than either. The only problem I have is keeping the kids OUT of the gummies, but lucky for the child safe cap.”
Looking for a vegan DHA alternative to soft gel supplements? Try this Buried Treasure Organic Omega 3 with Vegan DHA! This vegan DHA liquid supplement sources those essential fatty acids from organic chia seed — high in omega 3, 6, and 9 — and marine algae — rich in DHA. This product is also naturally rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), as well as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), all essential parts of omega-3 fatty acids. This product is gluten-free, wheat-free, yeast-free, and dairy-free. A 16-fluid ounce bottle costs $25.54.
Steve’s Overstock says “Wife is vegan and took this along with prenatal’s when pregnant.”
This Zenwise Health Vegan Omega 3 Supplement with EPA & DHA Fatty Acids is an all-in-one supplement to boost joint, immune, skin, brain, and cardiovascular health! This vegan-friendly supplement sources its essential fatty acid formula from nannochloropsis sp. marine algae and algal oil. Zenwise Health’s blend also supports skin elasticity and hydration, as well as targeting aches, pain, stiffness, and improving flexibility. A 120-capsule bottle costs $24.67.
Alex says “This product is amazing. Ever since I went vegan, I noticed brain fog and some skin issues (red, flaky, keratosis pilaris). I believe I was severely deficient in Omega 3’s. Ever since I’ve been taking this supplement daily, my keratosis pilaris is almost gone. The eczema on my face is no longer red or noticeable and I feel like I can concentrate again. Please never stop making these supplements. It is by far the best algae oil on the market.”
Looking to get that vegan natural boost of health for your cardiovascular system, brain, and eyes? This supplement may be the ticket for you! Nested Naturals is a socially conscious company that prides itself on their ethically produced ingredients. This Nested Naturals Vegan Omega 3 Algal DHA & EPA Supplement uses sustainably sourced natural vegan algal oil from farm-grown, purity, and quality regulated marine algae. This supplement offers high-quality and bioavailable DHA and EHA that naturally occur in algal oil along with free radical protection from green tea extract. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $24.95.
Jeffrey L. de Vreis says “According to Dr Michael Greger at Nutritionfacts, our ability to convert short-chain omega-3’s, like those found in flax and hemp seeds, into the long-chain DHA and EPA varieties declines as we age. Yet those long-chain omega-3’s are vital for brain health, especially as we get older. So I was looking for a good algae-based vegan source providing at least 250mg of DHA/EPA long-chain omega-3’s and found Nested Natural’s product and tried it. The capsules have a very mild “marine” smell to them (which might be good or bad thing depending on your point of view), but I have had zero issues with aftertaste or breath smell after taking the capsules. Overall, I’m very satisfied with this product, and plan on continuing to use it.”
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