Sunday, November 9, 2008

Day 224- Nutrition Bite

Which is better fish oil or flaxseed oil? "Both fish oil and flax seed oil have benefits and potential drawbacks. Fish oil is an excellent and usually uncontaminated source of EPA and DHA, which the body uses to make the “calming” omega-3 fatty acids and keep the brain healthy. Consuming omega-3s directly can ensure that one gets enough. Flax seed oil contains ALA, which the body can use to make all the omega-3s that it needs. The body needs ALA to make other omega-3s, even when it gets enough EPA and DHA from fish or fish oils.

As for drawbacks, some fish oil products are contaminated, and even those that are not may have undergone a cleaning process that creates a small percentage of toxic molecules. On the other hand, getting all one’s omega-3s from flax oil means that one needs to consume significantly more. Also, it is possible to ingest too much omega-3s, even though the greater health risk is of consuming too much omega-6 LA. Also, people with congestive heart failure should take omega-3s only with the full knowledge and active supervision of their physician.

In conclusion, why limit oneself to either/or when it’s better to have both? Eating a modest amount of fish or fish oil (or algae-based DHA supplements) ensures a direct supply of EPA and DHA. Addding flax seed oil to one’s diet ensures a healthy intake level of ALA. Every cell in your body will thank you for it."

Sugar Preacher's Experience
A vegetarian diet will lead to an exploration of supplements. After exploring, I realized Omega-3 was lacking in my diet. Then, I debated taking Omega-3 with EPA/DHA or ALA. After research, I decided to take a fish oil and flaxseed supplement, but more important I need to incorporate more nuts, flaxseed, fish and avocado into my diet!

1 comment:

The Rambler said...

Flaxseed oil breaks down when heated so if you're toasting the seeds to bring out their nuttiness like you would with sesame seeds or adding it to your diet in the form of a cooking oil you're loosing some of the nutrients. So try to add it to foods afer cooking for maximum benefits. (The oil itself has a low smoke point making it a poor cooking oil anyway.)