Most omega-3 supplements come from fish, making it difficult for vegans to have optimum health if they are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. Shaklee has come out with a premium omega-3 that is vegan and is derived from algae. Omega-3 has been shown to improve brain, eye, heart, and joint health in humans.
Two somewhat recent studies have shown no benefit of Omega-3 supplements for heart attacks, yet those studies were from fish-oil supplements and did not include Shaklee’s plant-based Omega-3. Those studies showed that high doses of Omega-3 will reduce one’s triglyceride levels.
Most people incorrectly believe that fish produce their own DHA and EPA, when in fact it’s the algae in their food chain. Shaklee’s vegan Omega-3 goes straight to the source, resulting in a sustainable, high-quality product with 400 mg DHA plus 100 mg of EPA per serving.
Two major National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored studies, called Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), showed that dietary supplements containing specific combinations of vitamins, antioxidants, and zinc helped slow the progression of AMD in people who were at high risk of developing the advanced stage of this disease. AREDS2, which had more than 4,000 participants and was completed in 2013, also tested EPA and DHA. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are omega-3 fatty acids that are abundant in fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and some algae. They play an important role in normal human growth and development and have benefits to human nutrition and health for all ages and across the life span.
Shaklee’s plant-based omega-3s in Vegan Omega-3 are sourced from natural, non-GMO algae, fermented via a proprietary process and completely traceable from end to end. They ensure the highest quality and safety standards—conducting over 100,000 quality tests per year to ensure our products are safe.
It’s uncertain whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements are helpful for depression. Although some studies have had promising results, a 2015 evaluation of 26 studies that included more than 1,400 people concluded that if there is an effect, it may be too small to be meaningful. Other analyses have suggested that if omega-3s do have an effect, EPA may be more beneficial than DHA and that omega-3s may best be used in addition to antidepressant medication rather than in place of it. A 2017 research review suggested that people who carry a gene called APOE4, which is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, might benefit from taking DHA before developing signs of Alzheimer’s.