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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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For your daily intake of Omega 3 EPA & DHA














Scientifically ?the definition is ?-

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain cerebral cortex, and other important parts of the human body like the retinas of the eyes.

EPA?is eicosapentaenoic acid. This is a nutrient extracted from omega 3 and is believed to be of particular importance for eye and brain function. EPA in particular may possess some beneficial potential in mental conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia. Several studies report a reduction in scores on symptom scales used to, when additional EPA is taken. So In short it?s another good guy! Like Robin is to Batman. It?s a fatty acid superhero.

?FATTY ACIDS?? ?That sounds bad.

No. They are good for you – These are the building blocks of fat and are absolutely essential to our health. As our bodies can’t manufacture them they must be obtained from food or supplements.

DHA is the primary building block of the human brain tissue and eye. Nearly a third of the structural lipid in the grey matter of the brain is DHA.

Structural lipid? I?m not a rocket scientist!

Lipids are chemical repositories involved in essential fats storage. They account for approximately 60% of the brain’s dry weight. These lipids are important for normal brain function. Increasing amount of data demonstrate decreased lipid content in common brain disorders like Alzheimer’s Dementia and depression.

So DHA? is required for the proper functioning of your brain. Without it you really would be a dummy.

Know your DHA from your EPA


Okay. Convince me I should take it.

You should take it because – You?re not getting enough.

DHA is required in high levels in the brain and retina as physiologically- Its an?essential nutrient to provide for optimal neuronal (brain) functioning (learning ability, mental development) and visual acuity, in young and old alike.

DHA is thought to have beneficial effects in the prevention and management of heart disease as well as other chronic disorders. The problem is that DHA, is consumed at much smaller levels than the effective optimal dose in a typical western diet.

DHA is absent from plant food sources rich in ALA (such as flax, canola oil, and walnuts). ?So you won?t get what you need from these foodstuffs. Since the metabolic conversion of ALA to DHA/EPA by metabolism is very limited in humans, the best way of providing DHA plus EPA for the body is via direct consumption.

In short our western diet is not giving us enough. In fact the extremely low intake of DHA/EPA in young children is of particular concern. We need to take more in our diet and the easiest and safest way is through natural algae based supplements.

In view of the widespread reluctance of the public to consume sufficient amounts of fish, supplements containing DHA/EPA will become increasingly important sources of these important nutrients in the coming years to support optimal brain/visual performance, for heart care, dementia, and other health conditions for all of us.

?So you could say it?s very important.

So if you want to get closer to being a superhero – Take your DHA/EPA the Omega 3 way with Nuique. Remember we don’t bulk out our Omega 3 with Omega 6. Omega 6 is one of the bad guys!






Studies & Research on Omega 3 DHA EPA Re Brain Health

The Daily Mail publishes an interesting article on Omega 3 DHA / EPA, essential fats and their importance for brain health and optimal cognitive function. ( Daily Mail: Fat lot of good: How eating more cheese and milk could make you brainier )

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We need fats for our brain not more fat for our bottoms

More fats for our brains, not more fats for our bottoms!

Despite the obligatory Daily Mail red herring headline advising us all to eat cheese to get brainier, there is a good summary of Omega-3 studies in the article. It’s a shame they don’t go into the benefits of Omega-3 DHA and EPA from Algae but it’s only recently that purified forms of algae have allowed higher doses of plant based DHA that now rival the dosages in fish oil.

With the study on cheese there could be a number of points overlooked. Organic milk has up to 71 percent more Omega-3 than non-organic milk, according to a?study by the University of Aberdeen so the type of cheese may play a part. Also if more of the participant’s calorific content is from cheese, it is likely they are replacing meat with cheese, typical of?many vegetarians who use cheese as a protein replacement for meat. In this case, one would hope they are also eating a higher percentage of fruit and vegetables. “The study was published in the International Dairy Journal, and did not conclusively establish the link between dairy and fatty diets and brain power”,?say the Daily Mail

More relevant is a U.S. study, published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology,? involving 104 pensioners, where scientists found older people with higher levels of (Omega-3 essential fats) in their blood had less brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer?s disease.? Relevant because it measured Omega-3 in blood, rather than relying on food diaries.

A study published in the journal Archives of Neurology found that people with the highest levels of DHA in their blood had a 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia from any cause. After nine years, they were also shown to be less prone to Alzheimer?s.

The article is right to point out the perils of very low fat diets, we need essential fat for the integrity of all cell membranes and for optimal inter cellular communication a dysfunction of which is linked to diabetes and heart disease. The type of fat is essential, as is the type and balance of cholesterol in the blood. Too little of good cholesterol could be almost as harmful as too much bad cholesterol. This is why the medical profession are now looking at triglycerides as a more reliable method of assessing chronic disease risk.? Meta analysis of algae Omega-3 DHA studies have shown algal oil to be useful in reducing triglycerides

Another? study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found the children of women who had high levels of DHA in their red blood cells around the time they gave birth, scored above average on the intelligence tests at age six. Other studies on fish oil supplements have struggled to prove the benefits of fish oil but this could be because many fish oil supplement research studies are on Cod Liver Oil and this may skew the meta analysis into a neutral conclusion.

Cod liver oil is not the optimum source of Omega-3, it’s cheap but not necessarily good value. Firstly cod liver oil is over 70% not Omega-3. Cod liver oil is mainly saturated and mono-unsaturated fats, already abundant in our diets and found to thwart Omega-3 conversion in our bodies. Cod liver oil is only around 22% Omega-3 and even less than that of DHA. There are also numerous citations of Cod liver oil found to be contaminated with illegal levels of mercury,?PCBs and dioxins. We feel it’s?detected contamination would logically be more frequent?if it were tested more frequently.

Trans fats

Another problem are trans fats in the diet, the? subject of many new laws and legislation to ban or seriously restrict their use especially in restaurants.

Dr Alex Richardson, a research fellow at the University of Oxford and an authority on the impact of nutrition on the brain, is particularly concerned by trans-fats. ?They should have been banned years ago,? she says. ?They are toxic.?

One of the most damaging things about these fats, she adds, is that they actually stop essential fats, such as Omega 3, from being absorbed in the brain.

Leading health consultant and Nutritionist in London Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals “It’s not just trans-fats that make it difficult to attain the optimum balance of Omega-3 fats from our diet. We need a number of vitamins and minerals such as b vitamins and zinc to process basic Omega-3 fats into longer chain EPA and DHA. The modern half food diet of junk food rather than whole food? is deficient in these nutrients. The balance and ratio of triglycerides and Omega-6 and Omega-3 plays a part too as they need similar nutrients and enzymes to be processed. If your little bit of Omega-3 is crowded out and last in the queue at the bus stop it won’t get to your brain where its’ needed.? If you get tested and find you have insufficient DHA for optimal health and reduced risk of disease, combined with a healthier diet a very pure EPA/ DHA supplement is the most reliable to get you back on track.

Read the Daily Mail article: Fat lot of good: How eating more cheese and milk could make you brainier

See Vegetarian Omega-3 EPA DHA now 410mg of DHA/EPA per daily dose approx cost ?10 per month* (*3 for 2 offer) from? NuIQue

See also Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA vs Fish Oil Supplements

What Causes High Triglycerides? – Foods to Avoid

Have you got elevated levels of bad fats in your body? ?High triglycerides? ?Fat you can’t shift?

Can Apples Cause High Tryglycerides?

What causes high triglycerides?

This study review may shine some light on the problem of?imbalanced, high triglycerides. As we’ve already mentioned elsewhere on this blog (?Triglycerides Meta Study ? Omega-3 DHA Key?) and this article confirms that Vegan Algae Omega-3 DHA / EPA can help reduce triglycerides by up to 50% combined with other strategies such as cutting down on saturated fats, sugar and alcohol.

A scientific article, published in ‘Circulation’ the journal of the American Heart Association -?and citing some 528 sources, provided a distillation of 30 years worth of evidence on the complex relationship among lifestyle factors, triglycerides, and cardiovascular and metabolic health (Circulation 2011 [doi:10.1161/ CIR.0b013e3182160726]).

Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and his team make a number of recommendations on dietary and lifestyle changes for treating hypertriglyceridemia.

The document emphasizes the “increasingly crucial role” of triglycerides in the evaluation and management of cardiovascular disease, and the importance of diet including consumption of sugars common in beverages in contributing to unhealthy triglyceride levels.

Reducing triglycerides by 50% or more are achievable without the use of medication although medication is anyway not a widely accepted strategy for reducing triglycerides except among people with extremely high values of greater than 500 mg/dL. “The subject of medication and triglycerides is still lacking crucial clinical trial evidence,” Dr. Miller and colleagues wrote in their analysis, noting that certain medications, including hormonal treatments, can also contribute to elevated triglycerides.

The new dietary recommendations include restricting added dietary sugar to 5%-10% percent of calories consumed. In support of this, the authors cited a study of 6,113 U.S. adults showing that the lowest triglyceride levels were observed when added sugar represented less than 10% of total energy, and that higher triglyceride levels corresponded with added sugar accounting for a greater proportion of energy intake (JAMA 2010;303:1490-7).

The authors singled out fructose, a type of dietary sugar increasingly common in processed foods and soft drinks, as particularly problematic. Fructose in excess of 100 g/day, and possibly in excess of 50 g/day, has been associated with raised triglyceride levels. A typical can of cola or lemon-lime soda contains more than 20 grams of fructose, the authors noted.

Dr. Miller and his colleagues advocated weight loss of 5%-10% of body weight, which is associated with a 20% reduction in triglycerides, and regular aerobic exercise, to reduce triglyceride levels closer to optimal.

They also promoted increasing dietary fiber, keeping saturated fat below 7% of calories, eliminating trans fat from the diet, and increasing Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption in the form of marine fish, though the authors said more research was needed to determine whether supplementing with fish-oil capsules provided equivalent benefits. Complete abstinence from alcohol was also recommended for people with very high triglycerides.

“Overall, optimization of nutrition-related practices can result in a marked triglyceride-lowering effect that ranges between 20% and 50%”, they concluded.

London Nutrition Expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says “Sugar and alcohol are like supercharged high octane fertiliser for triglycerides and all the associated problems. The research suggests within 3 months Omega-3 DHA supplementation can make a difference but other dietary changes and an increase in exercise are needed to take control of the problem”

Buy V Pure Vegetarian / Vegan Omega-3 DHA EPA ?10 per month for 400mg dose

10 reasons why Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA beats Cod Liver Oil

The high street health food stores are still plugging away at selling you Cod Liver Oil. But why not? Isn’t Cod Liver Oil good for you? Don’t the dietitians tell you is a great source of Omega-3

Cod Liver Oil - Obsolete?

It may have been the best available thing for your grandmother when she was a little girl, but humans have been using the world’s oceans as an industrial toxic sewage system for the last 50 years.

The British Dietitians Association (BDA) admit Cod Liver Oil has it’s drawbacks, but claim that the research suggests that the advantages of the little bit of Omega-3 DHA in Cod Liver Oil outweigh the toxic disadvantages.

Well that would be true if there weren’t good value for money, superior alternative, long chain fatty acids, but there are!


Vegetarian Omega-3 DHA from sustainably farmed long chain essential fatty acids from Algae

10 reasons why not to buy Cod Liver Oil

  1. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae oil now comes in doses of 400mg
  2. Omega-3 vegetarian / vegan DHA Algae is now about ?10 a month for a 400mg daily dose
  3. Vegan / vegetarian Omega-3 DHA Algae is sustainably farmed (not pillaged from the sea) with a neutral effect on the environment
  4. Vegetarian and?Vegan Approved Omega-3 DHA Algae is not 70% saturated and monounsaturated fat (we don’t need more of these fats)
  5. DHA rich vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 Algae avoids the risk of contamination with mercury, PCB’s and fire retardents
  6. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae comes in a plant based vegetable vegan capsule
  7. Omega-3 DHA from vegetarian / vegan algae is safe for those with fish allergies
  8. Vegetarian / vegan Omega-3 DHA Algae has 400mg of pre-converted long chain DHA unlike Omega-3 in flax oil
  9. Algae is not?made from boiled up fish livers,?the liver is like a filter in a car, collecting contaminants to protect the vehicle from harm
  10. Algae is not fished. As with most fishing there is inevitable bycatch, a waste of resources, destruction in the ocean. See Sea First Foundation


10 Reasons why Cod Liver Oil is Not the best source of Omega-3 DHA

Cod Liver Oil from fish

Omega 3 Cod Liver Oil From Fish ?

  1. High street Cod Liver Oil is mainly saturated fat (21%) and monunsaturated fat (47%). We don’t need more of these fats, we can make them.
  2. Cod Liver oil is only about 22% essential Omega-3 fats (these are the fats we need, we can’t make them)
  3. Standard Cod Liver Oil is made from boiled up cod fish liver, the most toxic part of the fish.
  4. Supplements of Cod Liver Oil have been withdrawn from sale in the past (Seven Seas, Boots) after having been found to contain illegal levels of mercury and dioxins
  5. Fishy Cod Liver Oil is made from fish, Fish have to be caught in the sea, when industrial fishermen do that it causes devastation in the ocean.
  6. Fish is an unsustainable source of DHA, there are not enough fish in the sea to sustain fishing at it’s present levels
  7. The fishing industry survives through massive government subsidy, the true cost of Cod Liver Oil without subsidies would make it more expensive than algae.
  8. Cod Liver Oil tastes disgusting, as you’d expect, it’s made from boiled up fish livers
  9. Allergies: Because Cod Liver Oil is from fish, it’s thus unsuitable for those who are allergic to fish
  10. Vegetarian: Cod Liver Oil is made from fish, thus unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans


You need Omega-3 DHA for optimumn brain health – I guess there’s a risk that if you were seriously depleted in Omega-3 DHA you may struggle with the logic of why algae DHA is clearly a better solution than Omega-3 from cod liver oil.