Omega-3 is found in many fish oils.
Omega-3 Super Foods
The best benefits of omega-3 come from fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna. Non-flesh foods high in omega-3 content include acai, purslane, flaxseed, microalgae and kelp oil. Acai contains omega-3, 6 and 9. Flaxseed oil is extremely high in ALA but lacks EPA and DHA. Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. Oil from brown algae (kelp) is a source of Omega-3 EFAs.
Look for hair products containing these and other plant-based super foods like wakame, chia, hazelnuts, Persian walnuts, butternuts, and pumpkin seeds, avocado, as well as grapeseed, camelina sativa, wheat germ, canola, and hempseed oils.
With concern justifiably high about levels of pesticides, dioxins, PCB’s, lead and mercury in fish, more people are turning to supplements to get the benefits of omega-3. But wading through the many omega-3 supplements available and choosing one that delivers the best and purest omega-3 EFA’s can be daunting.
How to Spot Quality Omega-3 Supplements
For fish-oil based omega-3, look for formulas that have been purified and are free of mercury and other contaminants. Fish oil-based supplements should always undergo a manufacturing process that removes impurities and retains all of the EFAs. And, they should contain both EPA and DHA.
In a vegetarian or vegan diet, Omega-6 is more available than Omega-3. Supplements are almost a must and those derived from algae help make up the deficit. Vegans and vegetarians may want just a DHA/EPA supplement to augment the ALA they readily get from eating plant-based foods.
Usana Biomega Formula is a purified, fish oil derived supplement. Usana’s double molecular distillation process removes harmful contaminants like pesticides, mercury and other heavy metals while retaining DHA and EPA.
V-Pure is a new generation of vegetarian and vegan Omega-3 supplements and is the only Omega-3 algae oil on the market today that has both EPA and DHA.
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