Vegan Omega-3

All the benefits of fish oil—minus the fish

10 Answered Questions
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Super Pure, Cruelty-Free and Sustainably Produced Omega-3 Fatty Acids Made from Plant-Based Algal Oil

200 mg DHA and 100 mg EPA plus Green Tea Extract for extra antioxidant protection

Omega-3 fatty acids are pretty awesome—they have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.1-4 High concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the brain and appear to have a role in memory, cognition and mood.5,6 Recent research 7 suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids may even tackle the damaging effects of pollution.

Until now, fish oil from deep sea fish has been the go-to source for Omega-3 fatty acids. But this is neither sustainable nor a happy situation for our fish friends. There’s also the mercury issue.8 Water pollution exposes fish to toxins, which can get passed to you unless your fish oil supplement goes through a strict decontamination process.

Vegans typically have settled for a poor source of Omega-3: flaxseed oil. Flax is full of ALA, which the body can’t easily convert to the Omega-3 fatty acids that people most need–DHA and EPA.9 Flaxseed oil Omega-3 supplements are kind of like the knock-off Ray-Bans at the Patpong night market in Bangkok–they might look good, but you can’t expect much.

Fish get their DHA and EPA by eating tiny plants floating around in the ocean—marine algae—making fish a sort of Omega-3 middleman. Why not go directly to the plant source? Enter algal oil—an extract of marine algae that can be produced sustainably and is naturally rich in DHA and EPA. Research 10 has shown that algal oil and salmon are equivalent for raising levels of DHA.

Nested Naturals Vegan Omega-3 is proudly made from vegan algal oil. Our marine algae is grown sustainably on a farm, not harvested from the ocean, which allows us to tightly control the purity and quality. It’s a win-win. You get a boost of pure Omega-3 fatty acids and the fish swim free.

Each capsule includes 200 mg of DHA and 100 mg of EPA. We add green tea leaf extract to protect the Omega-3 fatty acids and give you an antioxidant boost.11-13 We are super stoked about Vegan Omega-3 for your health and for the oceans. Won’t you join our fish-free Omega-3 revolution?

Reduce Inflammation & Lower the Risk of Chronic Diseases

Eye Health

DHA is necessary for healthy eyes. Studies suggest that people with a healthy amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet are less likely to develop macular degeneration.14

Inflammation Reduction

Studies suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and fight autoimmune disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and allergies.2,17,18

Cardiovascular Support

Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and triglycerides, regulate blood pressure and prevent blood clots.15 Large population studies suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids help protect against stroke.16

Brain Booster

Omega-3 fatty acids, and especially DHA, have been shown to play a positive role in memory, cognitive health and mood.5,6

Pregnancy Support

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for growing babies and moms. Research has suggested that Omega-3s improve fetal brain development, immune function and growth.19-21 As for Mama, studies suggest that lower intake of Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is associated with postpartum depression.22

The Active Ingredients Inside Vegan Omega-3

A Blend of DHA, EPA and Green Tea Extract

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Vegan Capsule Servings Per Container: 60
Amount per Serving %DV
Algal Oil
200mg Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), 100mg Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), 67mg Other Omega - 3
700 mg
Green Tea
98% Polyphenols

† Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Hypromellose, Candellila Wax, Water

This product contains no wheat, gluten, GMO, soy, dairy, egg, fish, nuts, corn, yeast, barley sugar, or preservatives. Proudly vegan, third-party tested and manufactured in a NSF certified cGMP facility in the USA using worldwide ingredients.

Store in a cool, dry place. Avoid excessive heat. Do not use if safety seal is broken.

Sustainably Sourced Algal Oil

We are relentless about sourcing the best, most natural, most ethically produced ingredients available. We care about the planet and are concerned about overfishing. Algal oil is made from marine algae grown sustainably on a farm; it’s not harvested from the ocean.

Bioavailable and Potent DHA and EPA That’s Vegan

The algal oil in Vegan Omega-3 includes DHA and EPA naturally. Your body can easily obtain full nutritional benefit without the need for any additional chemical processing. This is not the case with Omega-3 supplements made from flaxseed oil.9

No Worries About Mercury and Other Contaminants

Fish in the wild are exposed to mercury and other heavy metals.8 Vegan Omega-3 is not harvested from the ocean. It is made marine algae that is grown on a sustainable farm that is free of any nasty contaminants.

No Fishy Taste

There’s no fish in our Omega-3 capsules. No fish means no fishy taste for you!

Food-based Antioxidant Protection from Green Tea Extract

Because Omega-3 fatty acids are susceptible to free radical damage, we add antioxidant-rich green tea extract to the formula.11 In addition to protecting the algal oil, green tea is a superfood that has been shown to be good for the heart, brain, blood sugar, liver and immune system.12 Studies also suggest it might work synergistically with Omega-3 fatty acids.13

Cruelty-free, 100% Vegan Licap® Softgels

We’ve made a conscious choice to use Licap softgels which are made from ingredients derived only from vegetables. There’s no gelatin produced from animal bones and marrow. There’s also no beeswax, which our bee friends work hard to produce. They also help improve bioavailability--so your body extracts more benefit from the formula. We’re proud to use Licaps made from plants rather than animal products.

Your Questions, Our Answers

See the most popular questions asked about Vegan Omega-3.

Can a vegan Omega-3 supplement really be as potent as fish oil?

There’s no getting around it, fish oil offers the highest concentrations of DHA and EPA. But algal oil is pretty darn potent. This is not your grandma’s “feel good” but weak flax oil Omega-3 supplement. Algal oil is the new vegan kid on the block and there’s lots of excitement because it doesn’t require much processing and the potency is plenty high enough to deliver on daily Omega-3 recommendations. 10

How much Vegan Omega-3 should I take?

International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids recommends that adults get 500 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids daily. Each capsule of Vegan Omega-3 includes 200 mg of DHA and 100 mg of EPA. To increase your intake, you can always take two capsules. As always, we recommend consulting with your doctor about your body’s specific nutritional needs.

Is there caffeine in Vegan Omega-3?

The green tea extract in Vegan Omega-3 includes a teeny tiny amount of caffeine: less than or equal to 0.5 mg. To give you a couple points of comparison, there are 25 to 70 mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce cup of green tea and 150 to 200 mg in an 8 ounce cup of coffee.

Why are “Other Omega-3s” included in this formula?

The types of Omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to be most beneficial to people are DHA and EPA and they are predominant in the algal oil we use for Vegan Omega-3. Small amounts of the other varieties of Omega-3 (there are a total of 11 different types) are also present in algal oil.

What do you use to make your softgels?

We’re very proud of our Licap® softgels because they are 100% vegan--kind to your body and the planet! They are made from water and ingredients only derived from plants (candelilla wax and hypromellose). They also boost bioavailability of the active ingredients in the formula. Oh, and they are tasteless. Woot woot!

What is Candelilla Wax and why is in Vegan Omega-3?

Candelilla wax is made from the leaves of the Candelilla plant, a small desert shrub. It is used to make our Licap® softgels. Whereas other softgels are made of animal gelatin or beeswax, ours are 100% vegan, made entirely of ingredients derived from plants!

What is Hypromellose and why is in Vegan Omega-3?

Derived from vegetable cellulose, hypromellose is a vegan alternative to animal gelatin. It is used to make our all natural Licap® softgels. Aside from the fact that hypromellose is cruelty-free, studies suggest that capsules using hypromellose offer better bioavailability than those using animal gelatin.

How should I store my Vegan Omega-3?

All polyunsaturated fats are susceptible to damage from heat, including the algal oil in Vegan Omega-3. We include green tea extract in this formula because it is full of antioxidants that protect the algal oil and keep it shelf stable.11 That said, it’s a good idea to store your Vegan Omega-3 in the refrigerator.

Can I take this supplement if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely! We also recommend taking Nested Naturals Vegan Omega-3 alongside our Prenatal Multivitamin. With these two supplements, we’ve got you and your baby covered!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggests a minimum of 300 mg of DHA+EPA per day for pregnant women, which 200mg of that being DHA.23 One of our softgels of Vegan Omega-3 contains 200mg of DHA and 100mg of EPA. When you’re pregnant, you need to be mindful of mercury exposure. Vegan Omega-3 is not harvested from the ocean. It is made marine algae that is grown on a sustainable farm that is free of any nasty contaminants such as mercury and other heavy metals.

We add Green Tea extract to this formula for its antioxidant benefits. It protects the Omega-3s and gives Mama an immunity boost.12

Customer Reviews

Discover what real customers say about Vegan Omega-3.

Samantha K
This is my favorite vegan omega-3 supplement. The capsules are carrageenan-free, which is awesome! There is little to no aftertaste. I would definitely recommend them to others.
I have searched for very long and this is by far the best and most natural omega-3 supplement that I’ve ever came across! Works perfectly as well! Not to mention that the company has a great philosophy and truly cares about cutomers!
I am a vegetarian and love that there is a vegetarian omega 3 option instead of fish oil! :-)
Linda P
I am very happy with this product. I have ordered it twice and will reorder again. It is one of the few supplements that don't use fillers. I just wish they would come out with more supplements that I could try.
Jana K
So far, so good! I love that Nested Naturals offers a vegan omega-3 vitamin. I find it easy to take too (it's not a HUGE pill, like fish oil pills).
Regina W
There is quite a fishy taste for a brief moment until I have swallowed it. Then I don’t give it another thought.
Not sure of affects on body yet. Extremely strong smell of the sea, fishy.
The capsules are too large for my throat and too awful tasting once I open them to get them down. I do like that they are free of additives.
Don M
It is so nasty, but if you have water and pop it in and swallow, it is bearable. We haven't noticed a change yet, but keep hoping. It is very early.
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The science behind all of our claims

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