Where do vegans get their omega 3s from?

A concern for many vegans is how to get enough omega 3s in their diet to be healthy.  We read how important omega 3s are for brain function and heart health but often the recommendation is to get your omega 3s from oily fish or from a supplement (usually fish oil).  
You may think that you can get your omega 3s from nuts and seeds, but there is a problem.  Nuts and seeds are a source of omega 3, it is true, but they are also a source of omega 6. Omega 6 can undo the benefits of omega 3 because it inhibits the conversion of omega 3 to DHA and EPA.
What is the answer?  My recommendation would be to choose an oil that has a high ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s like flaxseed oil or hemp oil.  Just 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed oil has the recommended daily amount of omega 3s. Alternatively you could take a marine algae supplement.  Marine algae are, after all, where salmon get their omega 3s from.
Stay healthy, stay happy
Janet x

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