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Created on: 04/07/12 08:07 PM Views: 1197 Replies: 8
Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

My Naturopath has asked me to make sure that I'm supplementing with EPA but I checked my Vegetarian Omega 3 and discovered that it has no EPA. I phoned my local organic store and asked about other brands. There were none that were vegan and contained EPA. They concluded that EPA can only be obtained from animal sources. Is this true?

Anne

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." -- Mother Teresa

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Wikipedia says the fish get it from the algae and that there are algae sources for humans.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eicosapentaenoic_acid

madeline yakimchuk
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RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM

You can absolutely buy vegan EPA/DHA. V-Pure is one brand, but I know there are others. Your local store may not carry these brands, but you could ask them to or order them yourself on line.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Thanks Susan! Very Happy

Anne

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." -- Mother Teresa

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

And thanks Madeline! Very Happy

Anne

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." -- Mother Teresa

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Monday, April 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I went searching for a vegan DHA supplement recently and my neighbourhood health food store supplied one--NutraVege. On researching the ingredient list later at home, I found some information on one ingredient that prompted me to dispose of the supplement and abandon the idea. It was called "echium oil". It is derived from a species of plant that is highly toxic (cancer causing). I imagine the processing eliminates that risk, but simply would not choose to add such a supplement to my diet. I was very troubled by that experience and will be attempting to meet my nutritional needs from food, not supplements. I am not certain whether my response is justified, but really, does a health-conscious consumer truly wish to consume something that in its original form causes liver tumours??? I noticed this product, like many others, is marketed through sampling among mommy bloggers, who are feeding it to their families. These moms may not have done any research on the ingredient list. I only regret that I consumed two doses before doing my homework.

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

http://www.mybiopharmacy.com/Products/NanOmega3/Overview

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Thanks catbear. There is a wealth of info on this site. I have saved it for future reference.

Anne

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." -- Mother Teresa

RE: Is there a vegan-source EPA?
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Sure thing, here's one more:
http://www.drfuhrman.com/shop/supplements.aspx#DHA


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