Nutrients 101

  • RDA varies per individual, the numbers quoted are intended to simply give a benchmarkPlease also bear in mind that there are also upper limits recommended for consumption.

  • Your body needs DHA and EPA and will convert ALA Omega 3 sources into these other twotypes, however, it only converts about 10% of the amount ingested.

  • The only plant-based source of DHA and EPA is algae and therefore we recommend takingan algae supplement if you are 100% plant-based. The quantity needed is also related to the amount of omega 6 you intake as it’s optimal to have a balanced ratio of the two. Please see our article on Omega 3.


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