Fish vs flax oil: what’s better?

Good ‘ole omega-3

If you’ve been around for any time at all in this world, you probably know that fish oil is really good for your health. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids, which our body needs.

There are many different ways to get the omega-3 fatty acids. There’s fish oil, like I’ve said, but there’s also flax oil, which many of you have probably seen in stores.

What’s the difference?

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Let me break it down for you…

The basics:

  • Flax oil contains omega-3 ALA
  • Fish oil contains 2 omega-3s: EPA and DHA

You now have everything you need to know…well, sorta.

Going further

ALA is one of two essential fatty acids. Essential means that our body cannot make these fatty acids on our own, so we must get them from the food we eat.

ALA and the other essential acid (LA) are needed so that our bodies can create the other omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It would seem, then, that flax oil would be better because it contains ALA.

And a little further…

If you thought that, you’re right; however, it’s not exactly right.

The problem is that our bodies are not efficient at synthesizing ALA into DHA and EPA. This has lead many to believe that DHA should be an essential fatty acid.

What does that mean in terms of which oil to take?

It’s best to take fish oil! DHA is extremely beneficial to the brain, including a list of other health benefits.

fishoilphoto credit: www.prevention.com

You’ll benefit more from taking fish oil than flax oil because of our bodies’ inefficiency in creating DHA and EPA.

Go off and buy your fish oil now, and LET’S GET ENERGIZED!

 

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