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

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING -

la­bel to see if it has cal­cium added.


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.


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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.