Vegan sources of Vitamin D and Omega-3

 In Balance

The plant-based diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. From health reasons and the environment, to ethics and lifestyle experimentation, there are different motivators for switching to the vegan diet. An important part of this shift is learning about Omega-3 vegan sources, as well as vegan sources of vitamin D.

For example, how do vegans get Vitamin D? And where do vegans get Omega-3?

There’s a long list of health benefits of a vegan diet, but it’s important to be aware that we don’t always get all our nutrients from food alone, due to factors like modern processing and soil depletion.

Veganism requires an overhaul of the way in which you consume your vitamins and minerals, which is where nutritional supplements become important.

Of the common nutrient shortages, Vitamin B12, zinc, iron, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids top the list. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the last two: Vitamin D and Omega-3.

Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine’ nutrient & Omega-3

Vitamin D has a host of EFSA claims such as maintaining a normal immune system1)Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of vitamin D as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF vitamin D as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. and aiding the process of cell division.2)Vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of vitamin D as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF vitamin D as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.. It’s essential to discover vegan sources of Vitamin D.

Yes, we source it naturally through sun exposure, but this isn’t always possible during the winter months. Vitamin D is also found in oily fish, red meat, and eggs – all off limits for vegans. Some examples of vegan food with Vitamin D include soy milk, mushrooms, and fortified cereals.

And then there’s the Omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for maintaining a healthy heart3)EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of EPA and DHA as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF Omega-3 FATTY ACIDS as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA. and brain4)DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function. The claim may be used only for food which contains at least 40 mg of DHA per 100 g and per 100 kcal. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) maternal intake contributes to the normal brain development of the fetus and breastfed infants. Information shall be given to pregnant and lactating women that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids for adults, i.e. 250 mg DHA and EPA. The claim may be used only for food which provides a daily intake of at least 200 mg DHA.. They are building blocks for many of the body’s normal functions. Fatty fish is the most common food source, although the Omega-3 vegan sources include plants such as chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds.

But how to get Omega-3 as a vegan isn’t the main issue. Many vegans simply aren’t consuming enough of it.

The all-new BalanceOil+ Vegan

Zinzino’s BalanceOil+ Vegan is keto-friendly, non-GMO, and made from naturally sourced ingredients. It’s a marine micro-algae oil (with algae health benefits) high in Omega-3’s (EPA, DHA, and DPA). It features echium seed oil that’s rich in Omega-3’s SDA and ALA, and the Omega-6 GLA. BalanceOil+ Vegan provides 2,800mg of Omega-3’s per 12ml. It wonderfully complements plant-based sources of Omega-3.

Like the original, BalanceOil+ Vegan is also an extra virgin pre-harvest olive oil, high in OA (oleic acid) and polyphenols. It’s high in Vitamin D3 that’s been derived from an organic plant source called lichen, making it a great vegan source of Vitamin D.

It’s a synergistic formula featuring 18 EFSA-approved health claims which supports the normal functions in the body. It’s a vegan source of Vitamin D.

BalanceOil+ Vegan, an Omega-3 vegan source 

This is a unique food supplement designed specifically for vegans and vegetarians. In fact, BalanceOil+ Vegan is the only vegan EPA and DHA Omega-3 product available that offers a bio-alternative to traditional fish oils. For vegans, algae oil vs. fish oil makes all the difference.

You won’t find any mixed tocopherols in this product. Zinzino uses natural, GMO-free tocopherols that do not contain any soy proteins. The echium oil also has a fantastic fatty acid profile, which helps balance the Omega-6:3 ratio.

Many vegetarian oils on the market (safflower, corn, soybean and sunflower) contain high amounts of Omega-6’s, which can throw off the ratio, unknowingly. Echium oil boasts the Omega-3 fatty acid SDA, which converts five times better to EPA in the body, compared to the plant Omega-3 ALA.

BalanceOil+ Vegan is more than an easy way to get your Omega-3’s and Vitamin D. It intelligently delivers the right blend your body needs, while successfully maintaining a vegan diet.

All your Omega-3, Omega-9 & Vitamin D3, in one daily dose

Omega-3’s and Vitamin D must be an integral part of your daily diet. For vegans and vegetarians, Zinzino’s BalanceOil+ Vegan is the most effective way to avoid deficiencies. It’s important to align with a product that’s kind to the environment, ethically sourced, and operates with a ‘do no harm’ philosophy. This is Zinzino.

Take a micro-algae supplement

Empower yourself and take health into your own hands. You don’t have to miss out on essential nutrients simply because you’re following a vegan diet. Learn about your individual fatty acid profile and re-balance your Omega-6:3 ratio by leveraging our micro-algae supplement.

It’s safe, pure, and approved by The Vegan Society. BalanceOil+ Vegan ticks all the boxes. And, you can enjoy it plain or with a natural lemon flavor.

Get your Omega-3 and Vitamin D daily intake checked off before breakfast.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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1. Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of vitamin D as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF vitamin D as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.
2. Vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of vitamin D as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF vitamin D as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.
3. EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. The claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of EPA and DHA as referred to in the claim SOURCE OF Omega-3 FATTY ACIDS as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA.
4. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function. The claim may be used only for food which contains at least 40 mg of DHA per 100 g and per 100 kcal. In order to bear the claim, information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) maternal intake contributes to the normal brain development of the fetus and breastfed infants. Information shall be given to pregnant and lactating women that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids for adults, i.e. 250 mg DHA and EPA. The claim may be used only for food which provides a daily intake of at least 200 mg DHA.
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