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Fish vs Flax: What Are the Benefits?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish FlaxThe debate never ends. Which one is better: fish oil or flax oil? As a source of essential fatty acids, both products can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet but what are the benefits?

Let’s start with fish oil. A great source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), fish oil contains two other important omega-3 fatty acids not found in the other plant-based foods: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both famous for their health benefits. EPA is effective for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, asthma and eczema, as well as an excellent product for heart disease as it increases levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. DHA is important for brain health, vision, learning, cognition, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Fish containing high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herring. You can also take fish-oil supplements, a great alternative if you don’t regularly eat fish.

Now on to flax oil. Also an excellent source of omega-3, flax seed oil may be the best source of plant-based omega-3 fats. However, omega-3 fatty acids are not all the same as the ones in flaxseed. The main difference is regarding EPA and DHA. The omega-3s fatty acids in fish oil contain EPA and DHA and these are the omega-3 fats most people need in their diet. The human body has an ability to take the omega-3 from flaxseed and them into EPA and DHA, but this is not an efficient process unlike fish oil. On the other side, flaxseed has other health attributes as it an excellent source of dietary fiber, an essential ingredient for a healthy diet. Plus, flaxseed contains high amounts of lignan, a phytochemical that may have cancer protective effects.

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Nature’s Answer – Liquid Omega-3 Deep Sea Fish Oil EPA/DHA Natural Orange Flavor – 16 oz.
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Health From The Sun – Organic Flax Oil With Lignans – 16 oz.




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