Love it, Like it, Hate it: Omega 3 Supplements from Fish Oil to Flax Oil

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You’ve probably heard the recommendation to eat fish at least two to three times a week to get omega-3 fatty acids. But when it comes to supplements, how do we ensure we’re getting the most bang for our buck?  To find out, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on all things omega-3, from fish oil to flax oil and even omega-3 gummies!



FISH OIL: Benefits of DHA & EPA – the primary omega 3’s found in fish oil: 

  • Improve blood pressure
  • Essential for brain function + baby’s brain development 
  • Natural anti-inflammatory
  • Associated with lower incidence of depression



  • Flax is rich in omega-3s called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • <10% ALA converted into EPA & DHA
  • Bottom line:  Flax oil doesn’t provide same full-body benefits as fish oil
  • 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







Nordic Natural’s Ultimate Omega 3+D  and Carlson Fish Oil (Liquid Oil or Capsule)

  • Ultimate Omega +D: 2 capsules = 1100 mg EPA + DHA (+1,000 IU vitamin D)
  • 3rd party certified; strict standards for purity & quality. Certificates of analysis available


Vegan EPA & DHA: Derived from algae-based sources; check labels as potency varies





GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil

  • 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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