Most diets worldwide are generally too high in omega-6 fatty acids and deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. Rancid omega-6s and trans-fats cause an inflammatory response, which eventually contributes to cardiovascular disease, poor immune function, neurological problems, and more. Vegans and vegetarians tend be even more deficient in omega-3s than meat-eaters. They have to rely on the body to convert the short-chain omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), into DHA. But some people are able to convert it better than others. And many people simply don’t eat enough foods with ALA in it (primarily seeds, such as flax, chia, and hemp seeds).
A Vegan Source Of DHA!
Luckily, we now have a vegan source of DHA. DHA is a crucial nutrient for neurological development, which is the main reason I highly recommend it for pregnant and nursing moms. Besides being essential for the brain, DHA is critical for good eyesight too. A deficiency in DHA is associated with a wide range of health problems, including ADD symptoms, postpartum depression, low serotonin levels in the brain, autoimmune conditions, and more.
DHA is usually acquired from eating seafood, but as fish continue to be increasingly contaminated with mercury and PCBs from pollution, and more people choose to live a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, a safer meat-free alternative becomes even more important.
The best vegetarian/vegan source of DHA is E3Live. E3Live is a blue-green algae product sourced from Klamath Lake, Oregon. It’s loaded with nutrients so it’s incredibly good for anyone to take. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and you’re vegan or vegetarian, I think it’s a must! You and your baby are worth it.
E3Live Also Contains Choline
Choline is also great for neurological development. Like DHA, choline is important for optimal brain function. During pregnancy, it’s wise to ensure you’re not deficient in it. Eggs and beef liver are some of the best sources of choline, but if you’re opposed to eating animal products you’re going to have to find an alternative. E3Live is a good choice, but you can also get it a good amount of it in wheat germ and soy-lecithin.
E3Live Is Full Of Nutrition
Besides containing DHA and choline, E3Live is full of all kinds of other nutrients too, including antioxidants, protein, minerals, and much more. One notable thing is the phycocyanin that gives it its blue pigment. Along with DHA and other nutrients, phycocyanin helps build the immune system. Blue-green algae is the only other known food with phenethylamine (PEA) in it besides cacao (chocolate), but E3Live has 50 times as much PEA as cacao! I wrote more in-depth about E3Live on another post. You can read more about it here.
My Favorite Type Of E3Live
I like the fresh/frozen version of E3Live because it’s the freshest and best available on the market. Virtually all other products are in powder form, which is convenient and easy to travel with but just isn’t the same. Also, I recommend the flavored E3Live because it tastes better. One more recommendation would be to buy the E3Live with Brain On because it has 4x the PEA as the original E3Live.