We’ve heard the many benefits of fish oil – but does flax oil provide the same benefits? To find out, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on all things omega 3’s!
FISH OIL: Benefits of DHA & EPA – the primary omega 3’s found in fish oil:
- Lower blood pressure and triglycerides; helps prevent blood clots
- Essential for a baby’s brain development
- Natural anti-inflammatory; may improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Associated with lower incidence of depression
FLAX OIL: People often opt to supplement with flax oil, thinking they’re getting the same thing.
- Flax oil is an excellent source of an omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
- BUT doesn’t provide all of same benefits as fish oil; <10% ALA converted into EPA & DHA
- Bottom line: Flax oil supplements not as effective as fish oil supplements
FLAXSEED: Ground flaxseed, unlike flax oil, is rich in fiber and is one of the richest food sources of lignans, which are highly protective against certain types of cancer
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Nordic Natural’s Ultimate Omega 3+D (Liquid Oil or Capsule)
- 2 capsules = 1100 mg EPA + DHA (+1,000 IU vitamin D)
- 1 teaspoon = 1245 mg EPA + DHA (+ 1,000 IU vitamin D)
- Nordic Naturals is 3rd party certified for toxins; strict standards for purity & quality. Certificates of analysis available upon request.
Vegan EPA & DHA
- Nordic Naturals Algae Omega: 2 capsules = 585 mg EPA + DHA
- Bluebonnet Vegetarian DHA: 1 capsule = 200 mg DHA
- Lower price point than Nordic Naturals ($30/120-ct compared to $53/120-ct for Nordic Naturals)
- One capsule = 1,000 mg EPA + DHA
Flaxseed Oil – oil or capsules – poor source of EPA + DHA
Omega 3 Gummies – most have just 100 mg EPA + DHA per piece + added sugar
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