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VEGAN OMEGA-3 REPORT

Labdoor analyzed 7 best-selling vegan omega-3 supplements in the United States, measuring levels of omega-3 fatty acids like EPA, DHA, and ALA, heavy metal contamination (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury), and oxidation.

On average, measured amounts of EPA varied by 23.8% off the label claims, DHA by 3.4%, and ALA by 4.1%. All six products that measured EPA and DHA met the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids’ 500 mg/day recommendation for combined EPA + DHA intake in one serving1.

In all 7 products, the measured amounts of the heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) met purity standards. These purity standards are based on USP and GOED limits. The peroxide values (a measure of rancidity) had a wide spread, ranging from 1.0 to 59 meq/kg (average 10.1 meq/kg, Labdoor limit of 5 meq/kg). The Labdoor peroxide value limit is based off of recommendations from the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-32.