Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil: Which One is Better?
There’s this running debate on which one is better: flaxseed oil or fish oil? For some time now, oil from the tissues of fish has been considered the better one. Is this really the case? In this healthy debate between these two healthy oils, it is important to note that both have their own health benefits, and both have their own merits. But in order to finally nail down an answer to the debate on the differences (or the similarities for that matter) it is important to focus first on an important type of fatty acid – omega-3. This is the best information to consider before deciding to buy flax seed oil or any other type of oil for that matter.
What connects these two oils are the omega-3 fatty acids found in both oil sources. The only problem is that the omega-3 fatty acids found in these two oils are not the same. Sourced from the seeds of the flax plant, flax seed oil is known to contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that to do wonders for health. Some components of flaxseed oil include the fatty alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, which is converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. Now this is one difference between flaxseed oil and oil from fish. ALA can only be found in flaxseed. For this reason, there are flax seed benefits like helping in the management of inflammation and cholesterol levels. The ALA which flaxseed oil supplies is good for the heart and that is good news for possible prevention of heart attacks.
The other source of omega-3 acids is the oil from fish, which is actually taken from the tissues. If omega-3 and omega-6 are produced by flaxseed, fishes on the other hand, only accumulate the oil through food consumption. There are fish oil benefits like helping in the reduction of cholesterol levels and in fighting inflammation. EPA is used to create a number of hormone-like substances that can help in the management of inflammation and blood pressure. And did you know that 8% of the person’s brain is made up of EPA and DHA? On this count, omega-3 from this oil good to have because everyone wants a healthy brain, right?
So which one is better?
What do you want for your body? Why, the best of both worlds of course. It is important that our bodies get all three fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Fish oil is an excellent source of EPA and DHA, which are used by our bodies to ensure that the brain will be healthy. You can either consume the oil directly by eating fish or take it in supplement form. Flaxseed, on the other hand, also has ALA that our bodies need. So why decide on one if you can get the benefits of both? What you can do is consume a modest amount of the fish oil by either eating fish or taking a fish oil capsule in order to get a direct supply of the EPA and DHA. When you add organic flax seed oil daily, again in either oil or capsule form, you are getting the ALA your body needs and the complete package of all the essential fatty acids.
Author: Lisa Fox