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Have a Heart While Protecting Your Heart

The following article was written by Chris Holbein.

You’ve seen the news reports about the possible health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. But you’re also a thoughtful PETA Living reader, and you know all the reasons not to consume fish or fish oil:

So what’s a health-conscious but compassionate person to do? Luckily, there are cruelty-free and healthy ways to obtain omega-3 fatty acids. Foods like flax contain the short-chain omega-3 ALA. A bit of that ALA can convert into the longer-chain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA (the types commonly found in fish). But an even more surefire way to get EPA and DHA is to take one of the many animal-free supplements now available, such as those offered by Vegan Essentials. (You can get either an EPA/DHA formula or just DHA because your body will convert some of the DHA into EPA.)

These supplements are so cool because they are derived from algae, which is where fish get the omega-3 fatty acids in the first place. By consuming the algae-derived supplements directly, you put less strain on the environment, avoid harming animals, and don’t have to worry about the nasty pollutants found in fish flesh. (Note: Taking these supplements is an especially good idea for women who are pregnant or lactating.)

Chances are that you might be the only vegan some of your friends know, and thus (fair or not), if you’re not as healthy as you could be, they might see it as a knock against veganism. For that reason alone, it’s important to be sure that we’re doing everything that we can to maximize the enormous health benefits of a vegan diet.

What’s your favorite healthy vegan snack? Tell us in the comments section below!

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  • Phyllis says:

    Just placed an order. My doctor has been telling me to take fish oil and I keep telling him no – so now maybe this will make us both happy! Thanks PETA.

  • KarenQ says:

    I love alfalfa sprouts with a thin layer of hummus on whole-wjeay cruelty free toast or crackers. So good, especially with a thin slice of avocado and tomato to make it a sandwich

  • sadhuvedantmunijain says:

    i am understanding that our voices against the meat, fish, eggs are feasible. now the people are more aware of health they are understanding that in the form of foods, medicines, we are taking unwanted, injurious substances, products those are harmful and inviting incurable diseases.your efforts are worthy for mankind.

  • MysticoVerdi says:

    Good article! Personally, I use DEVA Flaxseed Oil and/or Primrose Oil from the same brand. I purchase online from and usually buy the 2-pack supplements from the DEVA brand as it is more affordable for me in the long run. Speaking of which, the DEVA brand is vegan friendly, that is, the products sold from this brand contains NO animal derived ingredients and is certified by The Vegan Society as well. So, feel free to search online for this brand, they do have a website and remember, when in doubt their products, although not all of their products, are available on speaking of which I need to repurchase a few of their products soon. Thank you PETA!

  • Don Randall says:

    Here’s a little vegan recipe that’s very easy to cook and packed with nutrients, such as vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, other essential fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and more.

    1. One cup of raspberries, blueberries and mango chunks. (You can always choose other fruits as well. I often use peaches.)

    2. Two or three tablespoons of raw almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.

    3. One tablespoon of flax meal.

    4. Cinnamon and ginger to taste.

    5. Stevia leaf powder to taste.

    6. About one to one and a half cups of water.

    7. After lightly cooking the ingredients in boiling water, you can add some soy milk to cool off the preparation.

    I recommend organic ingredients, and rinse the ingredients well. I don’t know what it’s called but it’s a fairly well-balanced nutritious snack that tastes great. You can always use a higher amount of ingredients if you’re cooking for more than one person.

    Please try it, and you might find if very tasty. It’s definitely healthy and contains plenty of water and other nutrients.

  • Shay says:

    Chia seeds are a great option as well! They are absolutely deee-licious in chia pudding. Yumm! Add some vanilla/cinnamon/almond milk and it’s heaven.