Many health experts have written about the health benefits of flaxseed oil vs fish oil, in this article you will learn more about the nutritional benefits of each substance and find out which is the best choice. Both of these oils contain omega 3 fatty acids which is essential for overall health. Omega 3’s are needed to help improve brain function, arthritis pain relief, protection against heart disease, controls skin inflammation such as psoriasis and acne and helps to maintain the membranes of all the cells in our body.
The differenece in both these oils is that flaxseed oil contains alinolenic acid (ALA) which is very difficult for the body to absorb and fish oil contains DHA and EPA. Other ALA sources can be obtained by eating olive oil, walnuts, soybean oil and spinach. If you want to take flaxseed oil it is recommended that you also take a fish oil to get the recommended DHA and EPA.
Do not rely on flaxseed oil alone to get your daily omega 3 supplementation, you will have to take a lot more capsules than fish oil to get the same amount of omega 3’s. A better option is to take fish oil rather than flaxseed oil unless you are a vegetarian. When choosing an oil for this consumption it is best to use oils that come from salmon, mackerel, trout and Hoki which is found in New Zealand. Hoki is the best option as it contains high amounts of DHA and free from contaminants.
When choosing a product try to find one that is in it’s purest form, free from impurities. Flaxseed oil has other benefits that you may not know about, it can help reduce hot flashes if you have menopause, prevents breast cancer, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Other sources include breakfast cereals and bakery goods. You can also find flaxseeds in many foods which can help you lose weight, gives you energy and stamina and helps boost the immune system.
So now you know the facts about flaxseed oil vs fish oil and it is up to you to decide which supplement is best for you. If you need more omega 3’s in your diet fish oil is recommended, but also flaxseed oil has many other health benefits like the ones I have mentioned above.