SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Labdoor (https://labdoor.com), the online supplements marketplace with reviews based on independent testing and scientific research, announced today that their vegan omega-3 rankings (http://ld2.us/jZwxcfrS) are now published. The analysis came out with good news for vegans: 40% of products measured enough EPA and DHA to meet daily intake recommendations.
In the US, about 7 million people identify as vegans or vegetarians. Unfortunately, according to estimates from the USDA, these diets place people at higher risk for omega-3 deficiency. The research is clear: omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA, DHA, and ALA, can support cardiovascular health, and they are critical for healthy pregnancies, immune functioning, and mental health. This could spell trouble for vegans and vegetarians who, according to research, only get about 50% of the daily recommendation for ALA and essentially no EPA or DHA in their diets.
Luckily though, fish-free, vegan supplement options do exist. Labdoor just tested and ranked 10 of the best-selling omega-3 supplements in the US sourced from chia, flax, and algae based on their levels of omega-3s, rancid oils, and heavy metal contaminants like mercury.
Results clearly showed that vegan omega-3 supplements are not made equal. 40% of the tested products meet daily recommendations for EPA and DHA in single servings, and all products passed heavy metal screenings. However, a few products had rancidity levels high enough for oils to actually taste spoiled, and label accuracy was an issue overall. Products' measured EPA, for example, varied from label claims by an average of 19%. For more information and to find out how brands ranked for free, see the full quality rankings here (http://ld2.us/jZwxcfrS).
Labdoor (https://labdoor.com) is a supplements marketplace featuring over 900 products and counting, alongside scientific reviews and lab testing results, so consumers can shop with simple, objective facts about the quality and safety of products they entrust with their health.
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