There are some existing brands of vegan Omega-3 available on the market which are derived from seeds (usually Flaxseed). However not all Omega-3s are created equal. Without getting into the science too much, there are three main types of Omega-3: ALA, DHA and EPA. Supplements derived from seeds are rich in ALA, but contain no DHA or EPA. Although ALA is good for your health, DHA and EPA are responsible for most of the health benefits associated with Omega-3. Your body can convert some of the ALA into DHA and EPA, but not nearly enough for optimal health. Omega-3 from Omvits is rich in DHA, which is especially important for heart, brain and eye health, as well as foetal development during pregnancy. This makes it a superior option to seed oils to meet your daily Omega-3 requirements.
There is no doubt that fish oil has its benefits, however, there are also well documented downsides. If you are considering buying a fish oil, here are a few things to bear in mind:
1) Many fish oils are cheap, but you should be aware of what you are paying for. These cheap fish oils are regularly of poor quality and contain relatively small dosages of DHA/EPA. They often have not been adequately processed to remove heavy metals and toxins. You'll also find that they have a very strong "fishy" smell or taste. This is because the oil is starting to go rancid as the polyunsaturated fats start to go bad.
2) If you saw how fish oil is made, you probably wouldn't want to put it in your body. Fish scraps are mashed, steamed and squeezed to get the oil out before it goes through further processing.
3) Our seas are more polluted now than they have ever been. Fish often contain harmful levels of contaminants and toxins including heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins. High levels of these substances in your diet can have serious health consequences, particularly for pregnant women.
4) There are major concerns about the impact of overfishing on world fish stocks. According to the United Nations, world fish stocks are expected to collapse by the year 2048 if current practices continue. Algae on the other hand, is fully sustainable and a great alternative to fish oil for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
More information about fish oil can be found here.
Our Omega-3 is created with safety and quality as the top priority. Our manufacturing is certified to meet GMP, HACCP, Global Food Safety and ISO 9001:2015 standards.
Each batch is independently tested for heavy metals and microbes. Our formulation is 100% GMO-free, and free of the most common allergens including fish, wheat, gluten, crustaceans, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy.
We are also transparent about our ingredients to ensure your peace of mind. Here's a list:
Active: 100% vegan algal oil (40% DHA), Vitamin E (dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate).
Softgel capsule: Undegraded carrageenan from red seaweed, modified corn starch (non-GMO), vegetable glycerine, purified water.
You may think that a supplement which contains Omega 6 and 9 as well as Omega-3 is a better choice than Omega-3 on its own. However, most of us already get plenty of Omega-6 from the foods we eat. In fact, we are eating so much Omega-6, that it is having a negative effect on our health by causing inflammation. By taking a supplement with added Omega-6, you could be damaging your health further. As for Omega-9, this is not required in our diet at all. Omega-9 is a “non-essential” fatty acid, as it can be created by the body from other nutrients.
For more information on the myth of Omega 3-6-9, click here.
There are some brands available on the market which are quite expensive for the doses they offer. They offer larger capsules and add in other ingredients such as small amounts of EPA or Omega-6 and Omega-9 to justify charging more.
One of our aims with our Omega-3 is to offer people who don't want to take fish oil an affordable way to get their daily requirement of DHA from a plant-based source.
We have other products in the pipeline with higher doses for those who want them, but we aim to always offer an option that gives you what you need without breaking the bank.
Omega-3 from Omvits® may be particularly beneficial for:
- Vegetarians, vegans or anyone with very little oily fish in their diet
- People concerned about the sustainability issues around fishing
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- People over the age of 50 who are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive and visual decline or joint pain
- People with seafood allergies
- People who suffer from dry eyes
- People wanting to improve their concentration levels and memory
- Young children
To learn more about the many potential health benefits of Omega-3, click here.
Undegraded (aka food-grade) Carrageenan is a natural fibre derived from red seaweed which has been used by many cultures since the early-1800’s as a food thickener. For our purposes, we use a small amount in the softgel capsules as a plant-based alternative to gelatine. It has a long history of use in hundreds of products and is approved by the World Health Organisation, FDA and EU Food regulatory bodies as perfectly safe. The European Food Safety Authority determined that “There is no evidence of any adverse effects in humans from exposure to food-grade carrageenan”.
The controversy comes from Degraded carrageenan which is something else entirely and was shown by studies to be harmful as a food additive. These studies are often cited as evidence that all types of carrageenan are unsafe, which of course is inaccurate. The two forms of carrageenan are often confused, which is why there is so much misinformation out there.
Omega-3 from Omvits® should either be refrigerated or stored in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and out of reach of young children.
Our Omega-3 softgels capsules should be swallowed whole with water and after a meal. You should not take them with a hot drink.
There is no official standard for how much Omega-3 we should get each day. However, most health organisations agree that 250–500 mg per day is sufficient to maintain good overall health.
One such organisation is the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who recommend the following:
- 250 mg DHA or EPA per day for normal adults
- 200 mg DHA per day in addition to normal adult requirements.
Children (7-24 months):
- 100 mg DHA per day
Children (2-18 years):
- 250 mg DHA or EPA per day
Based on the European Food Safety Authority recommendations, we recommend two softgel capsules per day for an average adult. Three softgels per day are recommended for pregnant women.
As always, you should consult your healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplement.
Our Omega-3 is free of the most common allergens including fish, wheat, gluten, crustaceans, eggs, nuts, soya, dairy and artificial flavourings and preservatives.
Yes, absolutely. In fact, pregnant and breastfeeding women are likely to get the most benefit from our Omega-3. In addition to a normal daily intake of Omega-3, pregnant women require an additional boost of DHA for the normal development of the brain and eyes of their growing baby. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA/EPA per day for an average adult, with an additional 200 mg of DHA per day for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Studies have shown numerous benefits of DHA intake for the health of both mother and baby. For further information on the importance of DHA for pregnant and nursing women, click here.
As with any health supplement, you should always consult a doctor first.
You should consult your doctor before taking any supplement, particularly if you are diabetic or taking any medication.
Yes, Omega-3 by Omvits is suitable for children. The capsules are soft and small in size, so in most cases, children will not have any issues swallowing them. However, if a child has difficulty in this, the capsules can also be pierced and the contents squeezed into a drink.
As with any health supplement, you should always consult a doctor or paediatrician first.
There’s no simple answer to this, as it depends on a number of factors specific to each individual. In general, it is recommended to allow 8-12 weeks before expecting to see noticeable results while the Omega-3s accumulate in the body. Just like eating a healthy diet, you are unlikely to see results overnight, but your body will thank you in time - particularly later in life. However, it is not uncommon to start seeing small changes within a few weeks, such as better sleep quality, improved concentration, relief from joint pain and reduced eye dryness. Pregnant women supplementing with Omega-3 will observe the benefits in the early years of their child’s life.
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