I’m ve­gan, do I need to take sup­ple­ments?

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Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. la­bel to see if it has cal­cium added.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

The omega-3 fatty acid that is found in plants is called al­phali­nolenic acid (ALA) and it is an es­sen­tial fatty acid, mean­ing the body can­not syn­the­sise it so we must ob­tain it from our food. ALA is found in chia seeds, flaxseeds and wal­nuts. The body can con­vert ALA into EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids that are present in oily fish, how­ever this con­ver­sion can be in­ef­fi­cient. DHA is also found in al­gae, so there are some plant-based DHA sup­ple­ments avail­able if needed.

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There are cal­cium-for­ti­fied al­mond milk op­tions for those who go ve­gan.

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