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Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?
Maintaining proper fat intake is a very important aspect of your overall muscle building and fat loss diet, and you need to pay special attention to your omega 3 intake as most people’s diets do not contain enough.
Omega 3’s play a ton of different roles in the body ranging from improving joint health to boosting brain function to optimizing hormone levels.
Two very popular sources to ensure adequate omega 3 intake are flaxseed oil and fish oil. These can either be consumed in pure oil form or in softgel form and are the two most popular omega 3 supplements out there.
But which one is superior when it comes to flaxseed oil vs. fish oil? Here’s what you need to know when deciding whether to consume flaxseed oil or fish oil…
The main compounds you ultimately want to boost in your body are EPA and DHA, as these are responsible for the actual health benefits of omega 3’s. Fish oil provides EPA and DHA in their readily available forms, while flaxseed oil provides the body with high amounts of ALA which then must be converted into EPA and DHA.
However, the conversion process of ALA into EPA and DHA is actually very poor and can often be as low as 5-10% in some cases. Not only that, almost none of the ALA gets converted into DHA.
For that reason, the clear winner between fish oil vs. flaxseed should be obvious. Fish oil benefits your program by providing these key omega 3’s in their readily absorbable forms without the inefficient conversion process that flaxseed has to go through.
So, if you’re trying to decide between fish oil or flaxseed oil, my suggestion is to go with fish oil in softgel form, hands down.