Iron deficiency affects up to 25% of the world population. It leads to anemia, fatigue and weakened immunity. Vegetarians with a less balanced diet are at greater risk of developing iron deficiency (Saunders et al. 2013).
Omega - 3 fatty acids, especially EPA & DHA are typically obtained from seafood. A study done in 2014 by Saunders et al. found that vegetarians are significantly deficient in EPA/DHA while vegans are almost completely deficient.
Phytic acids in plants can hinder the absorption of zinc from food. While soaking and sprouting grains can reduce the phytic acid content, it is seldom done due to the laborious process, resulting in zinc deficiency in vegetarians (Hunt 2003). It leads to hair loss, skin breakouts, poor wound healing and lethargy.
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Has Algae aims to alleviate common nutritional deficiencies associated with plant-based diets, especially omega-3 fatty acids. We want earth-conscious global citizens to be able to reduce or eliminate meat in their diets without facing limitations.