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Why vegans can’t rely on flaxseed alone for Omega 3

We all know we need to get more Omega 3 in our diet. Right?

The essential fatty acid is important for the health of our body’s cells and has a noticeable impact on the quality of our eyesight and elasticity of our skin.

However, for vegetarians and vegans it gets a little more tricky…

flaxseed or linseed is a vegan source of omega 3

Flaxseed – important for Omega 3

It should be easy… flaxseed (or linseed) is very high in Omega 3, as is chia. Millers like Linwoods produce ground packs of flaxseed for this purpose. Try Granvoita for chia. Or you could try a daily spoon of flaxseed oil. However, the chemical structure of Omega 3 in flaxseed and chia, known as ALA, still won’t easily transform into useful nutrients for the body.

For this to happen, non-meat eaters are advised to combine their flaxseed intake with another form of Omega 3 which your body can metabolise (technically known as DHA). The best plant source for DHA is algae (consider spirulina). Vegetarians can opt for eggs or other full-fat dairy products as these contain some DHA too. The combination makes it far easier for your body to take in the Omega 3 from flaxseed.

There is speculation that other sea vegetables (seaweed) could be a source of DHA. Specifically, algal oil, made from Nori, could be a plentiful source of Omega 3.

One more thing to note. To get that Omega 3 combination working properly, the body also needs to have sufficient vitamins B3, B6, C, zinc, and magnesium. It’s a good idea for everyone to take a multivitamin supplement. You can find lots of vegan supplements at GoodnessDirect

If you love seafood, we’ve got lots of specialities for you

pan do mar spicy mackerel

Pan Do Mar means ‘bread of the sea’

Sometimes it can seem like there’s nothing more important than sustainable management of the seas.

They cover two thirds of the planet and yet are more open to exploitation than our well managed land based projects.

So, at GoodnessDirect we’re only too pleased to be taking on another sustainable fishing company Pan Do Mar – and it’s a fascinating family company too.

Making various foods from Algae Pate to tinned Sardines with Parsely to Mussels in Pickle Sauce to Squid Tentacles, Pan Do Mar are a Galician organic fishery who’ve been obsessed with sea management for the last 100 years.

If you’re a lover of sea food they’ll be right up your street.

Detox your world with Shazzie’s naked chocolate bars

“I am chocolate therefore I melt. Keep me cool or be prepared to get dirty with me.”

Organic Vegan Chocolate

Organic Vegan Chocolate

Such is life from Shazzie’s perspective. Her love of chocolate is well known as is her sense of fun. But her passion for raw health ingredients has shaped a movement.

Shazzie’s unique organic chocolate range is suitable for chocolate munchers who are dairy free or vegan,  and for those who avoid refined sugar and fibre.

They are handmade raw chocolate bars with a hint of pink Himalayan salt. And they’ll always leave you wanting more!

You can start detoxing your world with 6 different flavours.

Desire The intense chocolate bar with a sensation of orange oil and star anise.
Goddess A smooth chocolate bar with lacuma and lashings of hempseeds.
Intacta A pure cacao confectionery bar with a touch of maca and vanilla.
Siren An alluring bar with a splash of AFA algae and spirulina
Empress A regal bar bestowed with purple corn and pineapple
Temptress A heady handmade bar with a licking taste of strawberries and rose petals

Blue-green and coiled like a spring!

Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green alga; it is a vegetable plankton whose cells form the shape of a coiled spring – thus the name`Spirulina’, which means `little spiral’.

It grows naturally in warm and highly alkaline lakes in tropical areas. Per acre, its protein yield is 20 times that of soybeans, 40 times that of corn, and 200 times greater than that of beef cattle.

Spirulina contains complete balanced protein (including all eight essential amino acids), is easily digested and is quickly absorbed. It is high in beta-carotene, chlorophyll, vitamins, and GLA (gamma linolenic acid), but low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Spirulina helps to satisfy hunger naturally, yet is low in calories. In short, Spirulina is effectively a multivitamin – but from nature, not a factory – and therefore a far superior alternative to any synthetic product.

Spirulina also contains a total of nine important vitamins and over 14 minerals which are chelated, or bonded, to the amino acids, making them easier for the body to assimilate.

Scientific research shows that Spirulina has benefits in five important health areas:

1. Strengthening the immune system and reducing cancer risks with better antioxidant protection.
2. Supporting cardiovascular health and lowering cholesterol.
3. Improving gastrointestinal and digestive health.
4. Enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification.
5. Combating anaemia, diabetes, eczema, asthma and arthritis.

On analysis, Hawaiian Spirulina comes out ahead of all other strains of Spirulina on most important nutrient indicators: mixed carotenoids, enzymes and antioxidants. Pure air, pure water from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, and the latest in aquaculture drying and tabletting technology make it possible to create this amazingly nutritious and energising, completely natural and highly absorbent superfood.

See also GoodnessDirect – Hawaiian Spirulina.

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