Print Me  

Fish Oil vs. Flax or Chia (regarding ALA, EPA and DHA)

Question: In reference to your October 6 post, "Do Flax and Fish Oils Provide the Same Omega-3s" I understand and accept your answer. However, I thought that generally it is thought that conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is inefficient regardless of the state of the liver. Are you saying that for a person with a healthy liver flax seed -- and other ALA sources, such as Chia -- are as good as fish oil because they are converted to EPA and DHA?

Multi-omega EFA supplement

Thank you for the follow up question to a previous Swanson Health Blog post (and Tweet). In general, we would lean towards favoring a high-quality fish oil supplement over other EFA supplements unless you are a vegan or a vegetarian.  The conversion you mentioned of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a relatively small (inefficient) percentage of around 5% ALA into EPA/DHA. A great option would be a multi-omega supplement like the one pictured, which delivers fatty acid nutrition from fish oil, borage oil and flax oil.
 
 

Comments:

blog comments powered by Disqus

GET OUR BEST DEALS STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!

You're now signed up! Keep an eye on your inbox—your first offer is on the way!

Oops! We are having trouble processing your request. Our apologies! Please try again later.

Customer Service
About Swanson
© 2016 Swanson Health Products – Terms of Service