If you need oily fish for Omega 3 where do vegans stand?

With all this advice about Omega 3 and eating oily fish, where do vegetarians and vegans stand?

Well, given that the recommended dose of Omega 3 is 4g a day, you only need about a tablespoon of Flax Seed (Linseed) Oil per day to be doing well.

Bu the other thing you need to do is cut down on regular oils such as sunflower or corn oil as the high Omega 6 in these oils knocks out the work of Omega 3. Fats higher in monounsaturated fat, such as olive or rape seed oil are more suitable.

There are many ways to enjoy healthy oil
There are many ways to enjoy healthy oil

But isn’t a tablespoon still quite a lot? Well it goes really nicely with cereal, yoghurt or ice cream, and you can always drizzle it over salad or rice, pasta or potatoes. The important thing is that you don’t cook it as that destroys the beneficial fats.

Redwood, an award winning company which makes lots of vegan and vegetarian foods, has bottled Flax, Hemp and Seed Oil to provide you with the goodness you need. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of Omega 3, while Hemp offers both Omega 3 and 6 at the perfect ratio. Hemp also provides Vitamin E and A and a range of minerals.

Redwood’s Seed Oil amazingly combines flax, sesame, pumpkin, borage, wheatgerm, pomegranate and seabuckthorn for all their nutritious properties – far too many to mention here in brief!

Other options for Omega 3 are green vegetables, tofu and walnuts, so with a bit of flaxseed in your diet, you really have nothing to worry about. The provision of Omega 3 isn’t quite so high in these, but they still make good sources of this brain enriching nutrient.

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Finding toiletries at GoodnessDirect if you are vegan

How do you know what is really in your facial scrub?

You can read the smallprint, but only chemists can understand most of the words.

If you are a vegan the two crucial elements to choosing toiletries and cosmetics are the ingredients and the testing.

The principles

Be confident in your beauty products
Be confident in your beauty products

No  cosmetic should contain products derived from animals (living or dead). And each item should be cruelty-free.

Testing on animals is not allowed in the UK, but companies can still sell beauty products here and test them abroad (for more info visit BUAV). Check that the makers specifically say their product has not been tested on animals.

Non-vegan ingredients to watch out for includes beeswax, collagen, elastin, keratin, lanolin, oleic acid, oestrogen, propolis and stearin. I list these because these are the ones I know about, but Viva offer a more useful and longer boo-hiss glossary of words for you to check your favourite items against; however, their list is not definitive and some ingredients listed can possibly be obtained without farming animals.

At GoodnessDirect

Brands which guarantee their creations are vegan include Organic Bloom, Urtekram, Faith in Nature*, Tom’s of Maine, Suma, Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste, Green People, Weleda, Yaoh and PitRok.

You can obtain all these from GoodnessDirect and you can find them by looking out for the ‘vegan’ flag on our pages or by selecting ‘Vegan’ in the My Options section.

Some of the latest items on our shelves include…

Suncoat’s hair mousse, styling spray and styling gel (check out their impressive nail polishes)
PitRok’s handwash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner
Organic Bloom’s shampoo and conditioner
Uketram’s no perfume shower gel
Weleda’s skin food and Birch cellulite oil

NB. *Faith in Nature’s Propolis is non-vegan as it involves using bees.

Oregano, a herbal solution to candida

Did you know oregano is also a healing herb?

Research has looked into its ability to fight MRSA and a compound of oregano, carvacrol, is used to treat candida, a fungal infection.

Oregano: healing herb
Oregano: healing herb

Higher Nature now produce oregano oil in capsule form (30caps and 90caps bottles) as it is believed that the carvacrol content may support healthy bacterial flora for the stomach and intestines and bring comfort in digestion.

Oregano also has antioxidant properties and has been used to treat respiratory and bacterial complaints like bronchitis for centuries.

The benefits may also include a healthy immune system, respiratory tract, liver and heart, normal blood pressure, and strong, elastic blood vessels.

It’s a fair trade – swap your purchase for a more ethical one

You probably know already that it’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

The Fairtrade Foundation are encouraging every household to swap just one of their everday buys for a Fairtrade version.

It’s so easy to get in on the action…

Fairtrade Farmers for a fair wage
Fairtrade Farmers for a fair wage

Choose to buy Fairtrade Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Pasta, Jam, Bananas, Honey, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Biscuits, Snackbars, Oil, Fruitjuice, even Ricecakes or many other Fairtrade products in place of the type you’d normally buy.

Taste the difference, revel in the justice and hopefully, you won’t even want to swap back.

Then you can register your swaps online at the Fairtrade website.

Remember Fairtrade isn’t about charity, it provides the world’s poorer farmers with a fair wage for the food they put on our tables. So take a look at our Fairtrade Section and see if there’s something you could put on your table with pride.