Plant-Based Omegas and Vitamin D3

Carlson has been recognized for decades for our award-winning omega-3s and Super Daily® liquid vitamin drops, and now we’re excited to offer omega-3s and vitamin D3 sustainably sourced from algae for those following a plant-based diet. 

There is a growing segment of the population that doesn’t want to consume animal-sourced products. These are the answer. It’s important for us to offer a wide array of tools to support optimal health so that people find the right approach that works best for them.

– Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN, LNC

DHA and Vitamin D Deficiency

More than 42% of the United States population is clinically deficient in vitamin D, according to the National Institute of Health (2022). The numbers are even higher for EPA and DHA, with 95% of people in the United States and 80% worldwide reportedly not having sufficient levels of these omega-3s. This is especially true for vegetarians.

DHA and Vitamin D Health Benefits

DHA is important for the brain and promotes learning, focus, concentration, memory, signaling, mood, and a sense of calm. Vitamin D3 also supports mood, along with immune function, bones, calcium absorption, and cardiovascular health.

Inside the Source

Carlson Vegetarian DHA, available in liquid or soft gels, and Plant-Based Super Daily® D3 for adults and babies are both sourced from 100% non-GMO plant-origin algae. In addition to being vegetarian, algae are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Carlson sources our pure, traceable algae from controlled, pristine environments in the United States or United Kingdom. The algae are grown in closed, sterile fermentation tanks.

Algae vs. Other Plant-Based Sources

When it comes to DHA, typically plant-based omega-3s are lower in potency and are ALA, which the body converts. Algae provides a higher potency of and a direct source of DHA, unlike flax or chia. For vitamin D, algae delivers vitamin D3, which is more bioavailable than vitamin D2. It’s also more sustainable than lichen, as the harvesting of lichen can damage trees (lichen acts as a protective layer on bark). Stripping the bark to harvest lichen can leave the tree exposed, and lichen can take 10 years to regrow.

Carlson Standards

The algae are protected from environmental contaminants – and are fully traceable. And like all Carlson products, our plant-based products are tested by an FDA-registered laboratory for freshness, potency, and purity.

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