Follow Hobart Naturopath


Essential fatty acids in vegans

Fish oils is rich in essential fatty acids known as DHA and EPA. A study of vegans has found that they have low levels of DHA and EPA – not surprisingly, the levels were similar to those of omnivores not eating much fish. Linseed oil is a good source of other fatty acids however the conversion to EPA and DHA is low. Luckily it is now possible to obtain the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA from non-fish sources. Vegan omega-3 DHA-EPA derived from algae and packaged in vegetarian capsules have become available in recent years. The vegans in the study responded robustly to a relatively low dose of a vegetarian omega-3 supplement.

One vegan source of essential fatty acids is Opti3, which contains 333.5 mg EPA and DHA per capsule.

Sarter B, Kelsey KS, et al, Blood docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in vegans: Associations with age and gender and effects of an algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement Clin Nutr, 2014 March 14

To make an appointment, please contact reception
03 6223 4842 or

Book Online

Clinic newsletter

Bioceuticals Direct Ordering

 Bioceuticals order

If you are a patient of the Hobart Naturopath, you can purchase your Bioceutical products directly from the Bioceuticals website.

Step1: Go to the Bioceuticals homepage
•    Simply click this link to the Bioceuticals homepage

Step 2: Setup an account
•    Your will now see the Bioceuticals homepage
•    Go to login in the upper right corner
•    You will need to set up an account as a “patient” and use the codeword southhobart

Step 3: Select your products.


Coriolus PSP

trametes versicolor turkey tailCoriolus PSP is a special extract of the spores from the fungus Turkey tail. It’s botanical name is Trametes Versicolor (also known as Coriolus versicolor, or Kawaratake in Japanes, or Yun-Zhi in Chinese). The medicinal plant part is the fruiting body.

The active compounds are known as polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK).

PSP and PSK have been investigated as adjuvant medicines during chemotherapy and radiation. Studies have found that these immune enhancing polysaccharides enhance quality of life of cancer patients.

read more 

Health blog