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Date: 10/11/2006    Written by: Jon Barron

Best Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids



Do you consider the oil in flax seeds to be superior or inferior to fish oil? Some experts say Fish oil is better and that Flax oil is bad.


Neither. There are advantages to both:

Fish oil is good because it is already broken down into the forms of Omega-3 fatty acids that your body can use, EPA and DHA, especially for heart health.

Flax oil's Omega-3 fatty acid comes in the form of alphalinolenic acid, which your body breaks down into EPA and DHA. For most people, this is not a problem. For some it is. On the other hand, flax oil is high in lignans, phytochemicals shown to have significant anti-cancer properties. Note: flax picked up a bad rap several years ago based on a bogus study that said it may promote prostate cancer. For more information, check out my newsletter: Prostate Cancer and Flax Seed. Actually, prostate cancer aside, the newsletter is a great primer on fats and oils in general.

And while you're at it, don't forget Krill oil. Krill are small shrimp-like creatures. Their oil contains phospholipids specially integrated with omega-3 essential fatty acids. This unique structure provides important cell membrane building blocks in the ratios used by the body and may be far better utilized than stand alone phospholipids or other omega-3 oils.

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    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    February 18, 2009 - 1:33am

    "Sharon Click here for a comparison of krill, flax, and fish oil."

    Submitted by Rose Marie Wallace on
    March 14, 2010 - 12:36pm

    I would welcome Jon Barron's response on whether the use of krill oil is compromising the krill population.

    Submitted by Sharon on
    February 17, 2009 - 10:40pm

    I know you are very busy, but I have been looking into various fish oils, etc for health. I know about flax oil and krill oil, may I please have your opinion on pure Salmon oil for health,,,Thank You

    Submitted by simon on
    November 12, 2012 - 9:27pm

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    March 12, 2013 - 1:35am

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