What are some alternatives to fish oil for vegans?
Topic: What are some alternatives to fish oil for vegans?
July 19, 2019 / By Jordie Question:
Someone in my class in college said that fish oil really helps with your recall and things make sense. You can really tell a difference he said. I wanted to start to see if I saw any improvements, but was wondering what alternatives there were for vegans. Also, are there any risks in taking this like 5 times per week? I am currently not a vegan because I am attending a community college and living with my parents. They said that I couldn't become a vegan until I was out of the house. Is it possible to be a vegan at a four year university and have some choices? And how did you make the transition to knowing exactly what you could and couldn't have? I probably will become a vegan eventually but have only been a vegetarian for a little bit plus it would be expensive if I had to buy my own food. I know eventually I will have to do this, but I'm trying to save money.
Best Answers: What are some alternatives to fish oil for vegans?
Hanael | 1 day ago
All of the answers in this post are well-intentioned but mistaken. The majority of study done on omega3 fatty acids are on the end products, EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid). These active forms are rich in fish, which is why fish oil consumption has been advocated by some. But consuming "omega-3" in supplement form or from plant foods does not mean you are consuming the key fatty acids EPA/DHA. In most cases, you are consuming foods that contain fats that can be converted to EPA/DHA.
So great! Your body just converts the omega-3s you eat and everybody's happy right? Well, not exactly. Just because you eat more omega-3s doesn't mean you get more DHA/EPA. Conversion in the human body is notoriously inefficient, and is in the low single digits. So to get any real benefit from the omega-3 FA, you need to consume EPA/DHA directly. That isn't to say that consuming linolenic acid and its derivatives (omega-3 family) is a bad thing; there are benefits, for example, if it replaces saturated fat in the diet. But don't eat walnuts expecting to get the same benefits as fatty deepwater fish.
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Originally Answered: is garlic infused fish food good for the fish? 10 points to best answer?
There seems to be a fair amount of evidence that garlic or at least the addition to the fish food of a 3% portion (quite a bit) will inhibit the spread and of even presence of parasites and harmful bacteria within fish studied. They also had a lower mortality rate than control groups (fish treated the same way, but without a garlic content in their diet.) At least one commentator suggested that the garlic content must be relatively considerable and not a trace quantity of garlic or the chemical allicin in their food.
On a forum elsewhere (the late and lamented guppylog) I was dismayed by the number of cases of Cammalanus that seemed to show up a from a few days to three months after purchasing new fish. Quarantine, without treating with for broad spectrum of parasites while the fish is in quarantine (which darn few places do) is useless against those nasty intestine-gnawing bloodsuckers.
Because of the damage wrought by these worms, by the time they are discovered, it is almost too late to save the stricken fish, though treatment of the whole tank with the anthelmintic (anti-helminth or anti-worm) chemical Levamisole or the less expensive Flubendazole is worth it to save tank mates and fry.
On guppylog, almost more discussions on "Camallanus/Worms/Red "strings" coming from anus" were saved than on any other topic
Being able to feed all of one's fish with a garlic added food is a terrific way to head off the very contagious Camallanus. And it is cost-effective.
I looked at the ingredients of the 4 or 5 flakes I rotate in the fish room. At the moment, only the veggie flakes don't have garlic, which by the way seems to also be a taste attractant. It is also to the manufacturer's advantage to include it because often the fish take the flakes enthusiastically.
The only flake I can give our dog (inclined to follow me around and beg) is one of those veggie flakes. Onions and garlic are very bad for dogs too. They will show no harm and suddenly, even after years, because something accumulated, they will get very sick or even die painfully. (And look at all the prepared meals for people where meats have garlic in them.)
As a few of you may have noticed, taking garlic supplements has become more popular with humans. That second study mentioned below concluded that "it can be suggested that adding 3% Allium sativum to fish diet can promote growth, reduce total bacteria, and improve fish health."
Some of the same things claimed for humans, a more efficient immune system, more efficient digestion, a more efficient liver = the ability to remove more harmful things from the blood, can be claimed for the fish.
Another great reason to use garlic is that commercial fish farmers (both for food fish and ornamental fish) have been adding antibiotics to their food. That scatter-shot approach hasn't been as effective in keeping the fish healthy as using the garlic extract. Also, and this is increasingly important, we aren't helping lots of pathogens to become resistant to antibiotics. That way if antibiotic help is needed, but rarely, "they" will not have to come up with new antibiotics at such a frenetic pace.
Walnut, flax or sesame oil.
These have omega oils.
I do not consider this something " I can't have* and I'd think that way if I were you. If it was a restriction mindset , what would be the fun? I have never ever thought of it like that.
You could always state obvious stuff- you won't be able to have those instant ramen noodles with beef fat in them. Oh no, how terrible.
Or, you won't be having processed junk food anymore. Awful!
CHickpeas, rice, black beans, soybeans. Last I checked and I am pretty sure it's the same today- these were the cheapest foods in the world. And always have been. Having worked sometimes in university campuses and seeing the average student and resident eat, you'd think they didn't know a thing, and end up buying even sandwiches and pieces of fruit from campus cafeterias. What a stupid thing to do. Shop once a week, buy very very cheap bulk beans and rice, and figure it out.
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These are some alternative to fish oil and helpful to your health :
1. Black Currant Oil - Some nutritional sales spots say that the Omega-3 fatty acids ALA and Stearidonic Acid which are present in black currant oil can improve the cardiovascular system and help maintain the hormones that can lead to some types of depression so this may be a good vegetarian replacement for fish oil.
2. Soy : Tofu and fortified soy milk provide additional alternative sources of omega-3 fatty acids for vegetarians. Purdue University states that an 8-oz. serving of soy milk contains 0.37 g of ALA. Linus Pauling Institute's chart of omega-3 plant sources shows that a half-cup of tofu has 0.7 grams.
3.Flax seed oil - This falls into the category above for seed oil combined with algae but it's good enough as a replacement to be worth mentioning on its own. Flax seed oil is also known to have other health benefits so you should learn more about this alternative.
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ok, first you would be vegetarian, no longer vegan, in case you eat dairy products. Vegans do no longer eat ANY animal products or via products, at the same time with honey, dairy, eggs, leather-based, wool, etc. you would be seen lacto-vegetarian, meaning you eat dairy. Vegetarians does not eat fish oil. Flax seed is bigger in omega 3 fatty acids than fish oil, and can be a desirable replace for you. it may all be fairly perplexing to initiate with, yet you will get the carry close of it. attempt finding out some books out of your library. And, do no longer difficulty concerning the few who're certain to chastise you on right here for no longer understanding the variation-it takes awhile to variety all of it out-congrats on taking the 1st steps! you may get flax seed or flax seed oil at your community wellbeing foodstuff shop, and confident, its super on your eyes!
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Vegan sources of omega-3s include flaxseed oil (which you can also get from grinding your own whole flaxseeds), chia seeds (which are supposed to be good with oatmeal), hemp seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.
If you're planning on adding more seeds and nuts to your diet, I highly recommend you buy them from your grocery store's bulk bins, it's generally much cheaper. If your grocery store doesn't have bulk bins, compare the unit price of their packaged nuts and seeds to the unit price of the nuts and seeds in the bulk bins of your local health food store or food co-op.
My university has a web page where they list vegetarian options at each on-campus dining facility/restaurant, but you pretty much have to do your own research on what's vegan from there. Your university may have something similar.
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Originally Answered: Do you think these fish prices are overpriced or cheap and what type of fish should I get in a 5 gallon tank?
Compared to the prices in my location - those are pretty good. Different areas of the country or world will have different prices.
Neon Tetras do well in water temps from about 68 to 75 degrees and you are very right in wanting to keep more than one. In the wild, they are a shoaling fish, so grouping them is best.
I would avoid the feeder guppies, simply because they tend to be rather plain looking.
Something else to keep in mind - Neons come from the Amazon basin where the water is soft and acidic. Guppies come from moderate to hard alkaline waters.
Now, that said - chances are the fish you get from the LFS are many generations from the wild, so matching natural habitat water is probably not all that critical for survival.
As for the Betta question.... yes, a Betta can survive in a very small container. But I personally would never do that to a fish. My personal opinion is that a 1.5 gallon filtered aquarium is the minimum for a Betta. Thriving vs. Surviving.