It’s recently been in the media that Miley Cyrus has given up being vegan, because her brain wasn’t functioning properly and she claims to have needed fish and omegas in her life. Miley is only right about one thing – needing omegas. However, getting it from fish is not the way forward. Omegas are healthy polyunsaturated fats have an essential role in many processes in the body including brain function. In fact, fish is often full of toxins and therefore not so good for health.
Oily fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel may be contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins, while shark, marlin and swordfish contain high levels of mercury. Long-term exposure to these toxins poses a significant threat to health, which is why the government warns pregnant and breastfeeding women are warned not to eat more than two portions a week.
“An estimated 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in fishing nets every year”
– World Wildlife Fund
Yet, omega-3 fat ALA is found in many plants foods such as flaxseeds, rapeseeds, hempseeds, walnuts and soya. You can get all you need from just two tablespoons a day of ground flaxseed, and a small handful of walnuts, or two teaspoons of flaxseed oil.
You can also take a supplement if you feel you need more. Vegetology and Omvits, amongst others, have cut fish out of the equation when it comes to Omega 3. How exactly? Well, fish get their Omega 3 from algae, so they’ve removed the middle man – or fish if you prefer – and gone straight to the source. This is a great development for vegans and vegetarians alike. You see the goodness many claim as an excuse for eating animals, comes from those animals eating plants and algae in the first place. It’s unnecessary, and it’s harming our ocean life.
“At the current rate, the world’s fish stocks may collapse by the year 2048”
– UN Food & Agriculture Organization
Opti-3 Omega 3 EPA & DHA is a totally natural, high strength supplement, with a bonus dose of plant source vitamin D3. It provides all the same benefits of heart, brain, joint and eye health, without the health or moral concerns of eating fish, and it’s higher in Omega 3 than many fish oil based supplements.
Having tried both Omvits and Opti 3, the benefits are clear. It’s good for a clearer mind, I feel more limber during my regular yoga practice and generally healthier overall. Overall, I think this is a lovely supplement. Opti3 costs £16.95 for a tub of 60 capsules (1 month supply), although there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on the Vegetology website. Omvits costs £12.98 for a tub, and there are various 3 for 2 offers, and subscription refill options on their website.
I often just take the supplement every few days, as I mostly get plenty of omega 3 from my diet, but I like to top it up, just to keep extra healthy.
Let’s not forget that fish are also sentient and can feel pain. Don’t make them suffer.
Opti3 products were sent free of charge. Omvits were not free of charge, this was my own purchase. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.