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Vitamix requests participants for a vegan research study

Posted on March 08, 2012 by Samantha Gendler, Senior Editor

Vitamix is working with Dr. Joel Fuhrman and the Nutritional Research Project on a study to determine how age and gender impact the blood levels of essential fatty acids, EPA, and DHA in long-term vegans. Vitamix is supporting this research because omega-3 fatty acids are important in reducing the risk for heart disease, depression, and dementia.

You are eligible to participate in the study if:

  • You are between the ages of 20 and 100
  • You have been a vegan for at least three years
  • You are not currently taking essential fatty acid supplements

If you are selected to participate, you will receive a copy of the report of your blood levels of these important essential fatty acids, and as a thank you, a $20 Target gift card. A small number of participants will be asked to take a vegan omega-3 supplement for three months in the second part of the study.

If you are interested, please visit for more information.

The study has been approved by the University of San Diego Institutional Review Board. The Principal Investigators are Barbara Sarter, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Resources, University of San Diego, and Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Research Director of the Nutritional Research Project.

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