The Omega 3 Supplement Scam?

Consider a wide range of information pertaining to EPA/DHA omega 3 fatty acids so you can make an INFORMED decision about whether or not to supplement with a low-dose supplement containing preformed EPA/DHA.

I chose not to supplement for many years and assumed my body would convert enough ALA to EPA and DHA. After doing more research on the importance of EPA/DHA and genetic/lifestyle factors that can inhibit conversion, I decided to take a low-dose supplement that contains approximately 250 mg/day of DHA, plus some EPA.

It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your circumstances.

My Detailed Omega 3s video:

The VegSource Omega 3 Supplement Video:

Higher circulating individual and total omega 3 fatty acids associated with lower total mortality (please note, this study is one of many which contradict one another. It would be a mistake to base one’s entire lifestyle around such inconclusive findings, but I view this as supporting evidence that *reasonable* levels of DHA/EPA in the blood, IN CONJUNCTION WITH A WHOLE PLANT FOOD DIET, is likely harmless and perhaps beneficial due to potentially low EPA/DHA conversion in modern vegans/vegetarians):

Study Indicating fish eaters better protected from heart disease than vegans:

Vegetarians have lower levels of DHA/EPA. This may or may not be a problem. “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Vegans have low DHA/EPA status – similar to omnivores who eat little DHA/EPA – and respond robustly to a low dose supplement (254mg EPA/DHA)

Vegan/Vegetarian men have low but stable levels of omega-3s

Omega 3:6 ratio is 1:10 in vegans, must be improved + EPA/DHA intake.

Human conversion of ALA to DHA and EPA is suboptimal.

Genetic variation in desaturation of ALA to LCPUFA

My videos on other nutrients
Vitamin A:
Vitamin D:


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45 thoughts on “The Omega 3 Supplement Scam?”

  1. "Animal foods"? Like the food that animals eat before they are brutally murdered for no reason, other than flavour? Because animal corpses are not food; may I suggest calling corpse flesh "animal sources" instead of food. I understand we use terms like processed or whole foods, to differentiate between actual sources that are designed to be nutritional components; but animal products are not nutrition…they are not a food. Just pointing out symantics, as terminology is partially the reason why people are confused. Thanks for the upload Lily.

    "Seafood"….like kelp, spirulina, and sea grass? Fish and other ocean animals are not swimming veggies…

  2. By the way, I purchased the DHA supplement you take and I didn't like the taste because they add a vanilla-like "natural flavor" which doesn't taste natural (probably because it isn't).

  3. Since the DHA supplement you take is, in a way, a refined oil, and since its unsaturated status makes it quite fragile, would it not be better to take spirulina or chlorella for DHA? Or is the amount of DHA in those algae too small such that in order to get 250mg you'd have to eat a lot of it?

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