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What Are Vegetarians Supposed To Do About Omega-3s?

Plant-eaters tend to be low in omega-3s because they don’t eat fish. This is the result of a test conducted by Harris and his colleagues on the omega-3 levels of 165 vegans for a study appearing in the journal Clinical Nutrition. While it’s not clear how that affects herbivores in terms of heart disease or cancer, Dr. Harris says low omega-3 levels may put vegans and vegetarians at greater risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s, and the other mental conditions that omega-3 has been shown to ward off. To meet omega-3 recommendations, vegetarians and vegans should strive to get the required EPA/DHA supplement. Luckily, it is pretty easy to meet Omega 3 recommendations, Harris says.

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