New Vegan EPA & DHA Supplement

Opti3omega Complete Omega-3 is a new vegan omega-3 supplement. It contains 20 mg EPA and 100 mg of DHA per capsule.

Other vegan EPA and DHA sources are listed here.

25 Responses to “New Vegan EPA & DHA Supplement”

  1. beforewisdom Says:

    I’ve read that some people do or do not need some omega 3 supplements…..either for DHA or EPA, depending on their physiology.

    Are there reliable medical tests for determining whether or not you have deficiency in one or the other?

    It would be cool to know if eating ground flax is enough or not.

  2. Zach Says:

    V-Pure is the my favorite. it definitely has the highest DHA/cost ratio and has been working well for me

  3. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Beforewisdom,

    Yes, you can get the levels of omega-3s in your blood tested. I hear that Mayo Clinic has a test to measure omega-3s. It can cost $400 if you have to pay for it yourself – they require an entire fatty acid panel. I have no further information on it – if you are interested, talk to your doctor or Mayo Clinic.

  4. Tia Isagenix Says:

    I have been looking for a vegan supplement with both EPA and DHA for a long time. Currently I take krill oil. The only problem I see with this is that 40 mg of EPA in two capsules is such a tiny dose I’m not sure if it is significant.

  5. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Tia,

    There hasn’t been any research on such supplements that I know of. If a vegan is making sure they get some extra ALA in their diets and they are taking DHA, then they probably will get enough EPA from conversion of ALA and DHA into EPA. Another 40 mg a day could be some extra insurance.

  6. Lindsey Says:

    Hi Jack,

    Fantastic website and without a doubt the best Vegan blog on the internet!

    I’m really pleased to see you mention Opti3 on here. I heard about the product in the fall. My local vegan product vendor stocks it now which is great. Seeing you mention here gives me even more faith.

    When looking more closely at Opti3, I saw it not only offers the DHA and EPA but also has a lot of SDA and ALA. Only the other day I read it contains more Echium than Echiomega (Echium for SDA), to go along with its DHA and EPA dose.

    I agree with Tia that its a shame none of the brands can get a higher dose of EPA at the moment, but when I ask them about it, they say its currently impossible. I did hear Martek will soon be launching a new algae EPA. Could be interesting to see how this goes?

    Lindsey

  7. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Lindsey,

    > Fantastic website and without a doubt the best Vegan blog on the internet!

    Aw, shucks. Thanks!

    > Seeing you mention here gives me even more faith.

    Just to be up front, I do not do any sort of verification that any given vegan DHA/EPA supplement has what the company says it has. I just list the ones I know of for people’s convenience in finding them.

  8. Eric Sharer Says:

    Hello everyone,

    Jack,

    Great website. At the recent American Dietetic Association in Boston, I was introduced to a vegan DHA from Martek called Brain Armor. The link is below. It provideds 1050mg of DHA from algal oil, in only 3 softgels.

    http://www.brain-armor.com/brainarmor.html

    I’d love to hear your feedback on this product. Seems like a great way to get a high dose of DHA in only 3 softgels.

  9. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Eric,

    Thanks for pointing that one out. I recommend about 200 – 300 mg of DHA every 2 or 3 days for most vegans, and every day for most vegans over 60 or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but I don’t have opinions on the various brands.

  10. beforewisdom Says:

    1050mg of DHA over 3 capsules isn’t all that different from what is already out there. Omega 3 Zen, a commonly found brand, has about 300 mg per capsule. EPA supplements are still rare. So are EPA and DHA supplements in therapeutic doses that are vegan sourced. Those two things would be things to shoot for to make a unique supplement.

  11. ErinMichelle Says:

    Just came across Future Biotics’ New Harvest 600mg vegan EPA. The dosage is a bit jaw-dropping compared to everything else, & I’m holding out until I can find some fine print…Whatcha’ think?

  12. Jack Norris RD Says:

    ErinMichelle,

    That’s a lot of EPA – I wouldn’t take that much daily but maybe a couple times a week if you don’t have good sources of ALA in the diet. I’m more concerned with vegans getting DHA than EPA.

  13. Derek Says:

    Jack,

    Why do you recommend a 200-300mg dose every 2-3 days as opposed to a daily 100mg dose?

  14. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Derek,

    Good question. Because they normally come in capsules of 200 or 300 mg. And you don’t want to break up DHA capsules! They go rancid and smell bad even if they aren’t rancid. But if you find one of only 100 mg, that would work, too.

  15. beforewisdom Says:

    Ha ha true. I once carried a few in my pocket. I had to get rid of that pair of pants. I never could get the smell out.

  16. Wendy Says:

    Dear Mr. Norris:

    Would you recommend more than 500 mg DHA daily for a vegan without any previous supplementation in 10 years.

  17. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Wendy,

    500 mg DHA per day for a few weeks would probably not be harmful, but I generally do not recommend trying to make up for lost time when it comes to omega-3s. I am not part of the omega-3 craze (or I’d be recommending much higher amounts than I do), I am mostly concerned about extremely low levels seen in vegans and it doesn’t take much DHA to get levels back up (in the blood, that is, we don’t really know how blood levels translate into tissue levels and are just assuming they correlate).

  18. Wendy Says:

    Mr. Norris:

    Thank you very much for your recommendations. I was concerned after reviewing all recommendations to take >1000 mg/day and >5000 mg/day for anxiety reasons.

    I really appreciate your willingness to help the vegan and vegetarian people.

    Best regards,

  19. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Wendy,

    If someone is being treated for anxiety, they should talk to their physician about omega-3 supplementation. I only give general recommendations for meeting nutrient needs, not for treating diseases.

  20. sarah smiley Says:

    I just listened to a compelling People’s Pharmacy interview (NPR radio station) today (January 28th)-a clinical psychologist was discussing non-pharmaceutical approaches for depression. 1000-2000 mg of EPA was recommended in the form of fish oil among other research based recommendations. I am vegan although not depressed. Will comb through the postings above and see what you recommend for people like me. I suppose if i was in the middle of a clinical depression, fish oil (while not vegan) might be better than a more toxic anti-depressant if effective.
    Thank you for your blog.

  21. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Sarah,

    Here are my general recommendations for vegetarians:

    http://veganhealth.org/articles/omega3

  22. Abigail Says:

    Hi,

    I was about to order Opti 3 and happy to do so, when i learned that they use
    a capsule made with carrageenan.
    I wrote to the company and was told that the FDA approves of carrageenan.
    Actually, i dont think the FDA is a source of wisdom or even an honest organization, so
    i was surprised to hear them used in this way.

    Still searching for a good omega supplement. I am wondering about Dr. Fuhrman’s only because it is liquid and therefore needs no capsule.

    would appreciate any feedback

    thanks

  23. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Abigail,

    Here is a summary of the research on carrageenan:

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-carrageenan-safe/

    Not to mention that the amount of carrageenan in a capsule is probably much less than in a glass of soymilk (though I don’t actually know how much is in soymilk).

  24. Helen Says:

    Hi Jack,

    I have read many times that it might be prudent to take an omega-3 supplement. However, I find that whenever I start taking it my skin breaks out and I get much more pimples than I usually do. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Why could this be happening? It happened a couple years ago, when I tried a fish oil supplement, but now, with my vegan DHA/EPA supplement the same thing is happening again (and I’ve tried it multiple times). Would you still recommend taking it, or should I be fine with just adding flax seeds/chia seeds to my diet, as I have been doing anyway?

    Thanks,
    Helen

  25. Jack Norris RD Says:

    Helen,

    It sounds like going with the flax/chia might be the best thing for you.

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