Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend - 17 oz. (500ml)
Good for your body and the planet. Vega is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy, active lifestyle - without compromise. Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend is produced from pure, premium and unrefined certified organic botanical sources. Cold-pressed without distillation, chemicals, synthetic purification agents or solvents, their oils retain their natural antioxidants and phytosterols. The results is a balanced, full-spectrum virgin oil blend with outstanding nutritional properties.
Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend is organic, cold-pressed, unrefined, and delivers a full-spectrum of plant-based Omegas; every tablespoon features:
- A balanced two-to-one ratio of 6g of Omega-6 to 3g of Omega-3, plus 3g of Omega-9
- 29 mg of phytosterols
- A blend of nine virgin oils including including organic hemp, flax, pumpkin seed and coconut, plus a unique combination of antioxidant seeds oils from green tea, black cumin, blueberry seed and more
- 77% daily value of vitamin E
Try Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil in salad dressings, dips, soups and smoothies, or add it to your favorites vegetable, rice or pasta dishes for a convenient and pleasant-tasting Omega-3 boost.
The Skinny on Fat: Why are Omega-3 -6 -9 important?
As one of the three macronutrients that provide your body with energy, dietary fat gets a lot of bad press. In fact, dietary fat is crucial for optimal health-you just have to know how to choose the right kind of fats. In general, saturated fats should be avoided; instead, choose a wide variety of plant-based polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Polyunsaturated fats include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Specific types of Omega-3 and Omega-6, such as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and LA (linoleic acid) are actually essential because they cannot be synthesized in the body and can only be obtained from what you eat. These essential fatty acids are part of critical pathways for many biological processes. Traditional plant-based sources of Omega-6 such as olive, sunflower, canola and sesame can be refined and offer limited polyunsaturates such as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which can provide additional health benefits and are an important part of a healthy diet.
Based on convincing evidence from epidemiologic studies and randomized human clinical trials, the World Health Organization recommends your daily intake of polyunsaturated fats range from 6 to 11% of your total calories to help:
- Manage healthy cholesterol levels
- Support normal cardiovascular health
The role of Omega-3s in supporting cardiovascular health is well-established-these fatty acids are essential fuels for mechanical, electrical and synthetic activities of the heart. Independent studies show that Omega-3 and phytosterol intake is linked to the management of healthy cholesterol levels; recent studies show a synergistic and complementary effect on cholesterol management when both Omega-3 and phytosterols are taken together.
Additionally, volumes of research on Omega-3s have also shown they play an important role in:
- Decreasing inflammation
- Normal brain development, structure and function
- Normal skin function and appearance
Why should I use Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend?
Organic, cold-pressed and unrefined, Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil is a blend of nine virgin oils including organic hemp, flax, pumpkin seed and coconut, plus a unique combination of antioxidant seed oils from green tea, black cumin, black raspberry, blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate.
Every green tablespoon of Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil boasts:
- A balanced two-to-one ratio of 6 g of Omega-6 to 3 g of Omega-3
- 3 g of Omega-9
- 29 mg of phytosterols
- 77 % DV vitamin E
What makes Vega's blended, plant-based Omega oil better?
The typical North American diet tends to be much higher in Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids. The optimal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 may vary depending on the individual, their diet, activity level and specific health concerns; however, a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats-with emphasis on a higher total daily intake of Omega-3 and good Omega-6s, like GLA-is preferable to ensure good health.
Carefully selected for their complementary Omega, antioxidant and phytonutrient profiles, each ingredient in Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend brings a unique contribution to the overall nutritional picture of every tablespoon, giving you a full spectrum of healthy fats that can't be found in a single-source supplement.
How Can I Use Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend?
Try Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil in salad dressings, dips, soups, and smoothies, or add it to your favorite vegetable, rice or pasta dishes for a convenient and pleasant-tasting Omega boost. Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend can be used with all cold, warm and hot foods, but should not be used for baking, frying or other high-temperature cooking.
Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend does not require refrigeration prior to opening because its high level of antioxidants acts as a natural preservative.
You are what you eat. And what you don't.
Told from the onset that a plant-based diet wouldn't cut it on the professional Ironman circuit, Brendan Brazier's nutritional journey as an uninformed plant-powered endurance athlete began with reduced energy levels and the need to eat constantly.
But Brendan's stubborn curiosity persevered and after years of research and experimentation, he discovered what sets a top athlete's performance apart from the competition isn't training or natural ability alone. A big difference is nutrition. After intense study, Brendan created a plant-based, whole food diet that helped him recover faster and train harder - propelling him to become a top professional Ironman triathlete.
Constantly on the road competing, Brendan was challenged by both a lack of time and kitchen space to prepare the carefully composed, nutrient-dense, clean, plant-based meals that gave him his edge. Deep down, he knew there had to be an easier way to get nutrition on-the-go. And he was right. Over time, Brendan's vision led to the formulation of the original all-in-one nutritional shake - now known as Vega One - which ultimately inspired the creation of the complete award-winning Vega line of nutritional supplements.
Vega Guiding Principles for a Raw, Whole Food, Alkaline, Plant-Based Diet
Quite often the simplest solution is the best one. Over the past 50 years, however, Western culture has managed to complicate our approach to diet and its relation to health. Obesity and malnourishment exist simultaneously, while the over-consumption of calorie-rich but nutrient-poor foods drains our energy. To make matters worse, we treat obesity with drugs and fad diets, and combat fatigue with refined carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine. These are short-term solutions that eventually render us energy depleted, over-stimulated, chronically stressed and vulnerable to illness and premature aging.
What can we do to address this problem? Many health experts now believe the solution is to consume primarily plant-based, whole foods-pure and simple as nature intended. Whole foods support all the requirements of a healthy body system, from absorption to elimination.
The challenge with whole foods has always been their relative inconvenience to prepare, compared to the gamut of fast food offerings so readily available to us. Born of the belief that one should not have to compromise between whole food goodness and fast food convenience, Vega products are developed with the following principles in mind:
Plant-based whole foods are the true future of optimal health
"Eat your fruits and vegetables" is one of the most tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. Plant-based foods are rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, enzymes, fiber and phytonutrients. Countless studies support their many health benefits. Vega products are made exclusively from plant-based, whole food ingredients.
Alkaline-forming, plant-based whole foods help build a platform for optimal health
Studies have shown a linkage between an alkaline-forming diet and accelerated growth, development and metabolism1, helping to provide a platform upon which optimal health can be built. In stark contrast to processed food, alkaline-forming foods are nearly exclusively found in the vegetable and fruit groups2 (research has also shown that it is possible to efficiently modify urine pH by diet alone3). Vega products are alkaline-forming2 and 100% plant-based.
Nutrient density is more important than calories
Once your body is supplied with the nourishment it needs, cravings will cease. Consuming nutrient-dense, whole foods is a healthy way to naturally reduce caloric intake, resulting in the creation of a stronger, leaner body. Vega creates products that are nutrient dense, yet relatively low in calories.
What you eat should provide energy, not drain it
Ease of nutrient assimilation is a key benefit of wholesome, natural food. The less energy the body must spend on digestion and assimilation, the more energy it will retain. Enzyme-rich to help with efficient digestion, Vega products offer superior net energy gain.
What you eat should energize through nourishment, not stimulation
Refined foods, refined sugar and caffeine lend temporary energy by stimulating the adrenal glands, creating a brief increase in energy levels but eventually resulting in fatigue. On a day-to-day basis, Vega One, Energizing Smoothie and Vibrancy bars offer a balance of Omega-3, fiber and low-glycemic carbohydrates to provide a constant, enduring supply of energy through nourishment, not stimulation.
For athletes, the Vega Sport system features products with a judicious balance of minimally-refined carbohydrates and gentler sources of caffeine to provide targeted stimulation to fuel activity, while being mindful of post-workout recovery and long-term wellness.
Minimize exposure to sensitivity-aggravating ingredients
Many people-whether they know it or not-have sensitivities to ingredients that are abundant in the modern, processed food diet. These sensitivities can manifest as headaches, mild flu-like symptoms, low energy, and difficulty shedding body fat. Vega products are dairy, gluten and soy free, and contain no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.
It is possible to rebuild a younger-feeling body
People who exercise regularly break down cellular tissue during every workout. What you eat serves as the building blocks for cellular restoration. Poor-quality construction materials result in poor-quality structures, and the converse is also true. You literally are what you eat! If regular exercise puts your body in perpetual regeneration mode, you want to give it the highest quality building materials available so your body can rebuild a stronger, younger-feeling version of you.
The nutrient-dense, high net-gain, alkaline-forming nutrition found in plant-based whole foods and superior natural health products like those offered by Vega is truly the best building material available for your body.
What Sustainability Means to Vega
At Vega, they want to change the world. Their passion for plant-based nutrition is as much about empowering health as it is about supporting the health of our planet. But sustainability isn't just about what goes into their products-sustainability must be part of everything they do.
They want to be a company that leaves a net zero carbon footprint. There are no silver bullets-in life, or on Vega's Journey to Zero-but every choice they make matters. Vega lives their commitment to constant improvement by pursuing perfection, one small change at a time.
Their ingredients, packaging, office, suppliers-each of these represents an opportunity to innovate, improve, and bring Vega closer to their goal - the Journey to Zero.
Journey To Zero
It's one thing to say you want to be a company that leaves a net-zero carbon footprint. It's quite another to take real actions toward that goal. Journey to Zero is Vega's name for their process of taking actions and being accountable to this goal. You can't improve what you don't measure. And because Vega means business when it comes to the planet, they treat their carbon footprint as a real indicator of their performance.
Every small change they make is a step on their Journey to Zero-and they take each of them so seriously that they've woven this process of making steps on this journey through the fabric of everything they do:
In 2009, Vega conducted a complete corporate environmental sustainability audit to assess their carbon footprint. They're actively using the results of this audit-Vega's Sustainability Action Plan-to guide their choices on the Journey to Zero.
Since their initial audit, they've made several carbon-reducing changes as part of their Sustainability Action Plan, including transitioning Vega's headquarters to 100% wind-power (via Bullfrog Power), and making strategic operations and logistics improvements.
After making many changes based on their Sustainability Action Plan, they recently reassessed several areas highlighted in their initial audit, comparing the 2012 numbers to their 2009 numbers. The result of Vega's changes? An impressive 46.4% reduction in their carbon footprint.
While they've taken many successful steps on the Journey to Zero, their audit revealed opportunities for other changes they can make to further reduce their carbon footprint. For example, the 2012 numbers showed that packaging materials account for 71% of Vega's carbon footprint-this significant statistic inspired their move to transitioning to 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, beginning in late 2013.
Part of the mission at Vega is to live their commitment to constant improvement by pursuing perfection, one small change at a time. That means they'll be taking actions, measuring the impact, and planning their next steps on the Journey to Zero for as long as they're here to make those steps.
Vega's passion for clean, plant-based nutrition that's good for your body and fuels your healthy, active life isn't the only reason Vega products are exclusively plant-based-it's also a reflection of their commitment to the planet.
Vega's 100% PCR HDPE plastic bottles are still fully recyclable.
Doing Business Sustainably
Every element of Vega's business operations holds opportunity to make more sustainable choices. By choosing manufacturing partners located close to their distribution centers, finished Vega products-heavier and much larger in volume once packaged than the raw materials used to make them-don't have to travel as far before they can be shipped to customers.
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