Are you getting enough Omega 3? Introducing the Omega 3 Home Testing Kit

Ensuring you are getting enough Omega 3 on a vegan diet can be difficult.

The forms of Omega 3’s used by the body are called EPA and DHA, and are predominantly found in fish. The plant based form of omega 3, ALA, must be converted in your body to either EPA or DHA to be of benefit. Unfortunately only small amounts of the plant based omega 3 can be converted to beneficial forms.

Why you need Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA):

  • It is required for a healthy brain.
  • It is essential for a healthy nervous system.
  • It helps to reduce blood clotting.
  • It is a key factor in reducing inflammation.
  • It reduces blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • It supports the immune system.
  • It is essential for eye health.

Some signs and symptoms indicating low Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA) levels:

  • Depression.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Inflammatory disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, auto-immune diseases).
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol levels. 

Introducing the Omega 3 Home Testing Kit. 

A hand holding an omega 3 home testing kit in a blue box.

The main reason I was so eager to offer this product on my website is because I used it to test myself…and found that I was low in Omega 3s! And I'm the vegan naturopath! I certainly thought that I was doing all the right things to keep my omega-3 levels happy, but this simple test showed me that I was not. 

As a healthy vegan, I was eating a lot of flaxseeds and chia seeds to ensure good intake of Omega-3. However, I was also eating a lot of nuts, which gives the body great doses of Omega 6's. Omega 6 can also be found in oils such as sunflower, soy, canola, safflower & vegetable. Unfortunately, high levels of Omega 6 can often cancel out the good Omega 3's that you are getting. You can see from the signs, symptoms and affects of low Omega 3, above, that it is crucial that we discover if we are getting enough Omega 3 in our diet. That’s why this test is so important.

This test is so simple to use and so quick to complete. Once you receive the home testing kit (which will be posted out to you), register your details online, and then follow the easy instructions that are included. The test uses a blood droplet, and comes with lancet (to enable you to prick your finger), an alcohol cleansing wipe, cleaning gauze and a bandaid. Once done, you simply post the sample back to the reply-paid address using the envelope enclosed. 

You can view the detailed instructions for this test here.

A hand holding up a finger with a small blood drop on it.

As you have registered your details online, within 3 weeks you will receive an email with your results. The best part of purchasing the Omega 3 Home testing kit from The Vegan Naturopath? I’m guessing you’re not one to regularly read and analysis blood test results? Once you receive the email with your results - simply forward it to me, and then I will reply and we can book in a 15 minute Zoom call to go through the results together. I'll be able to guide you through what the results are saying and give guidance on the best next steps. The purchase price of this testing kit includes this complimentary 15 minute follow up consult.

And there's more good news for vegans in relation to Omega 3 EPA and DHA. Algal oil is a vegan source of EPA and DHA that has recently been discovered and is derived from algae. Algal oil supplements have come on to the market in the last few years and are a good supplement if we find that your Omega 3 levels are low. Since I tested my Omega 3 levels and found I wasn't getting enough in my daily food intake, I have been supplementing my diet with these vegan algal oil omega 3 supplements and am already feeling the benefits. You can purchase vegan Omega-3 Algal Oil supplements here. 

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I look forward to working with you to ensure you are living your healthiest vegan life! If you have any questions before purchasing these products or an online naturopathy consult, do not hesitate to reach out. 

x Tara

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