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A non-profit Colorado Group Working for Compassion
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
When it comes to fat, there’s one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids. Two crucial ones -- EPA and DHA. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits. When possible, try to get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements. Average daily recommended amounts: 250mg daily of algae-derived DHA. Nowadays there is a lot of recognition of the importance of Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 can be obtained from vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds. Good news for vegans, as this is essentially what a vegan diet is made up of. Some vegan sources of Omega 3 include: Flax-seeds (linseeds) a teaspoon freshly ground and sprinkled on cereal is a great way to supplement your daily needs. Green leafy vegetables; grains; walnuts; spirulina and chia seeds. Oils made from linseeds, walnuts and hemp seeds are also good sources, and of course green leafy vegetables and grains.