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Are You Getting Enough Omega 3 EPA & DHA from Nuts & Seeds?

A Vegan / Vegetarian diet is a conscious diet. One that celebrates healthy food and sustainability.

This blog is written in response to many posts written on Vegan & Vegetarian Groups regarding some foods. Whilst being described as vegan, and therefore appealing, they not have much, if any nutritional content.

Rather, processed ingredients and chemicals which do not include meat by-products. Unfortunately, whilst these products can technically be advertised as vegan, they will not necessarily nutritionally support a healthy diet.

A big observation with a vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle is that one of the most ESSENTIAL ingredients we all MUST have for good health is Omega 3, and it is just not being met!

This is because the misnomer is that there is enough Omega 3 in nuts, seeds and a plant-based diet. However, for all the nuts and seeds such as Chia and Flax which do contain omega 3 – they conversely do NOT have enough absorb-able EPA & DHA required for optimum health.

Hence (UK) government guidelines suggest eating 3 portions of oily fish a week in order to receive the required amounts of EPA & DHA to reduce the risk of disease.

EFSA, (European Food Standards Agency) have officially stated that Omega 3 reduces the risk of Heart Disease. Here is a link to their statement on the health benefits of taking Omega 3, EPA & DHA. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/120727

As a vegan, the concept of harming and eating fish is abhorrent to consider. But there are algae alternatives that do carry the required amounts of EPA & DHA. After all, the fish derive it from algae!

nuIQue was one of the first producers of Algae Derived Vegan Omega 3. The Algal Oil is contained in a gold standard vegetarian capsule, and contains enough levels of pure, concentrate EPA and DHA to support you in your good health. http://www.nuique.com/omega3/

So, for any vegan/ vegetarian folk who are sensing or noticing that their health is not tip top – please at least try adding this essential nutrient Omega 3 into your diet – vegan style with an Algae Oil.

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nuIQue Vegan Algae Omega 3

For your daily intake of Omega 3 EPA & DHA


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution – Harvard, School of Public Health

It is always exciting to find a well written report or study regarding the very thing that you’re passionate about, particularly when you sell that very thing!

nuIQue offers Vegan Omega 3 to a market of health conscious individuals who make perhaps -disciplined – dietary choices.

Unfortunately though, there is misnomer that eating Flax or Chia Seeds will provide Omega 3. BUT… those seeds do not provide enough absorbable DHA & EPA required by the body!

If you do not eat oily fish, then what to do?

nuIQue was actually one of the first companies to market Vegan Omega 3, recognising a gap in the market for Vegan & Vegetarian Omega 3.

Oily fish only contain Omega 3 because they eat algae, so cut out the fish, and go straight to source!

It is now a growing fact that Omega 3 is ESSENTIAL to lower the risk of heart disease, visual and brain health – let alone the benefits in foetal development.

Here is an excellent article written by Harvard, School of Public Health regarding Omega 3, here is an excerpt

“What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.”

For the rest of the study https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/

How to Make Sure You’re Getting What you Pay For!

Shocking Research Shows that MOST Omega-3 FISH-Oil Supplements
Are NOT What They Say They Are

The headlines in a recent article on ABC Australia’s website stated that:

“Research Finds MOST Fish Oil Supplements Ineffective.”

It then goes on to explain that “new research has found serious discrepancies between what manufacturers of fish oils are advertising and what consumers are actually getting.”
The frightening results of this study of 32 different fish-oil supplements found that:

  • Over 65% of the products studied had 2/3 OR LESS of the active ingredients claimed on the label
  • Only 10% passed the test for acceptable levels of degradation

Interestingly however:

Although, thankfully, there were no adverse health effects from these findings, such products are certainly NOT giving you the levels of active ingredients required for the health benefits that research has proven!!

It is important to know what to look for in a supplement when trusting your family’s precious health to it and spending your hard-earned money…

The Top 4 Secrets to
Choosing an Omega-3 Supplement:

1.  Always ask for a Certificate of Analysis, which shows the GUARANTEED minimum active ingredients (DHA and EPA) for that particular batch of that particular product.

Whilst most companies will be unwilling to give you this information, those with the highest ethics and quality products will be only too happy to give you the proof you request.

At NuIQue, your confidence is our #1 priority, so click here to go to the NuIQue Homepage where you can see Certificate of Analysis, which guarantees theminimum activity levels in our current stock.

2.  Ensure that your Omega-3 comes from a source that is rich in both DHA and EPA in their natural ratio of 2:1.

This ratio is NOT found in nuts or seeds of any sort, which only supply fatty acids in the form of ALA. The body then needs to break down the ALA into DHA and EPA, making it less ‘bioavailable’ and therefore less efficiently utilised by the body.

3.  Ensure that your Omega-3 supplements come from a consistent and reliable source.

NuIQue algae is grown in  “anaerobic“ (without oxygen) conditions, which means that it doesn’t require external (aka unpredictable) forces, such as sunlight, temperature and oxygen, to grow.

  • This means that the active ingredients in NuIQue Omega-3 oil are consistent andguaranteed in every batch.
  • NuIQue is obviously 100% natural as pure algae oil
  • It is also free from all contaminants and toxins which might come from external exposure

4.  Increase the longevity of your supplements by:

  • Storing away from direct light (which speeds up the oxidation process)
  • Keeping cool – preferably refrigerated
  • Consuming within recommended time

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Omega-3: A Must for Smokers?

omega-3, smoking, copd

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., and in the UK alone, it accounts for over 25,000 deaths every year. It is estimated that over a million Brits currently have the disease.

According to the latest statistics, the number of patients with COPD worldwide is increasingand there are no medical treatments to stop the disease from progressing.

Current “therapies” can help to reduce the symptoms but they do nothing to counteract the damage done, let alone offer any sort of cure or recovery. Such therapies include bronchodilators and steroids but even with them, patients with COPD still suffer greatly fromcoughing, shortness of breath, infective exacerbations and even death. Medical experts agree: There is a great unmet need for new therapies.

Omega-3 Looks Set to Meet the Urgent Need 
for New COPD Treatments

Numerous studies have shown the dramatic effects of Omega-3 on many pulmonary diseases – including:

  • asthma
  • cystic fibrosis
  • lung infections
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • pneumonia
  • COPD

Because of impressive results such as these, in January of this year $1.6 million has been awarded to the National Institutes of Health to research the effects of Omega-3 onsmoking-related lung disease.

According to the NHS, smoking is the main cause of COPD and is thought to be responsible for around 90% of cases. Statistics show that a frightening 25% of smokers will develop COPD.

If the Cause is Inflammation…

Scientists believe that the lining of the airways become inflamed and permanently damagedby smoking. This inflammation is considered to be the cause of COPD and – until now – the damage has been considered irreversible.

However, as part of the proposed research, scientists will be focussing on a group of compounds derived from Omega-3 fatty acids and their potential ability to combat the inflammation caused by cigarette smoking…

Then the Answer Must Be to Reduce Inflammation

Existing research has already shown that these compounds (called pro-resolving lipid mediators), have a significant anti-inflammatory effect on human lung cells and can actuallySTOP cigarette smoke-induced lung damage.

They are thought to do this in 2 ways:

  • by turning off the inflammation signals caused by irritants entering the airways
  • by promoting the destruction of the inflamed cells that take over lung tissue following smoking

The scientists leading this study believe that the active ingredients in Omega-3 have the potential to be one of the first-ever “disease modifying” therapies against smoking-induced inflammatory lung disease. This includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the two conditions which characterise COPD.

Researchers are hoping that the therapeutic effects of Omega-3 will also apply to COPD caused by other irritants.

It is estimated that up to 15% of COPD is likely to be work-related, with around 4,000 COPD deaths each year in the UK from workplace exposures, including various dusts (coal, cotton, grain, flour, silica, and wood) as well as certain fumes and chemicals (welding fume, isocyanates, cadmium, vanadium, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

Of course this theory will require further research to prove it, but logic posits that the anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3 shown to help COPD would have equally healing effects regardless of the cause.

Omega-3 and Academic Performance in Our Children!

Exam Results Up by 26% in Just 12 Weeks –
Thanks to Omega-3


Many experts agree that Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential building block of the brain and are necessary for healthy brain development in children.

Because of this potential, studies are cropping up all over the world to substantiate these claims.

For example, scientists at the University of Wales gave Omega-3 supplements to 184 children (15- and 16-year-olds) at a Lancashire secondary school. This was part of a 12-week study on the effects of Omega-3 on academic performance.

According to the online edition of the Daily Mail, these children took the supplements in the run up to their GCSE’s (general certificate of secondary examination) last year and accounted for an impressive 26% improvement in exam results!

On average, the children who had Omega-3 added to their diets exceeded the results predicted for them by one whole grade, with a total of 34% passing with a C or higher, compared with only 27% previously.

Omega 3 is considered an “essential nutrient” because it is NOT manufactured by the body and must therefore be supplied from our diet. Yet – as you may recall from our last letter, our Western diets are significantly deficient in Omega-3. This deficiency has been linked to most of the deadly “lifestyle” diseases we face today, including brain dysfunction.

Yet prevention is simple, inexpensive and completely natural with a high quality Omega-3 supplement.

More than 11 scientific studies prove the effects of Omega-3 on brain function and mooddisorders in both children and adults. These include depression and bipolardisorder, ADHD, autism and attentional, behavioural, and emotional problems.

40% Improvement in Academic Performance!

In September 2014, the BBC Science online homepage highlighted a study being conducted on more than 100 children from 12 schools in Durham. The children were required to take a course of Omega-3 capsules for a period of 6 months.

Each of the children in the study were selected because they were generally of “normal ability” but were considered to be falling short of their potential.

During the study, the children were subjected to regular tests to measure their:

  • co-ordination
  • concentration
  • academic performance

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According to the researchers, about 40% of children showed some clear improvement.

Although the results have yet to be published, they are expected to show a “statistically significant improvement in school performance in the group of children given Omega 3 supplements.”

Elliot is one of the children in the study and his story is cited in the BBC article. According to his mother, “His reading jumped 18 months [over the trial period]. He’s just a lot more interested in everything. He’s even developed an interest in classical music”.

According to Dr Alex Richardson, a senior research fellow in physiology at the University of Oxford who conducted the trials in Durham:

“Omega 3s can improve brain function at the very simplest level, by improving blood flow.”

Such exciting results across the globe are leading to more and more studies, like this one, which is currently under way in the USA.

Omega-3 for Focus and
Academic Performance in our Children

As of January this year, a study of students in a US school is being conducted to track how Omega-3 affects student focus and academic performance.

Over the next 8 weeks, children aged 11 – 14 at SKY Academy, Florida will eat one cookie a day, which is enriched with 1,000mg of EPA/DHA Omega-3 fatty acids (the equivalent of one teaspoon of cod liver oil).

At the beginning and end of the study, students will be measured for their concentration, and a comparison of academic performance in mathematics will be assessed relative to their peers who are not part of the study.

We will keep you posted on the results of this trial, but either way, the fact that so much effort and expense is being invested into researching the effects of Omega-3 in children and adolescents – with profound and exciting results so far – strongly supports the argument for supplementing our children’s diets from an early age.