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Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?

Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?

Hey Guys, Sean Nalewanyj of
here and in this video I just want to quickly explain the difference between flaxseed oil
and fish oil and which one is a better source for meeting your daily Omega-3 fatty acid
needs. So fats play a variety of roles in your body such as optimizing hormone levels,
maintaining proper brain and nervous system function, protecting your joints and reducing
inflammation, and the most important type of fat that you need to pay attention to in
your diet are the omega-3 fatty acids because these fatty acids are responsible for a huge
list of benefits related both to body composition and overall health and they can’t be produced
by your body so you have to consume them through your diet. Saturated fats and Omega-6 fatty
acids are important as well but your daily allotment of those fats will easily be met
through your consumption of animal proteins and other tag along sources, and so for that
reason there’s no real reason to pay specific attention to your intake of those 2 types
of fat. So there are a variety of different food sources that are rich in Omega-3 fatty
acids. Two of the most popular being fish oil and flaxseed oil. So the first thing to
understand is that Omega-3 fatty acids are actually broken down into 3 separate compounds.
You have ALA, EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil is a source of fat that is rich in ALA while
fish oil contains high levels of EPA and DHA, and once in your body a certain portion of
the ALA in flaxseed oil is actually converted into EPA and DHA. So if you review the actual
research, it’s pretty clear that the majority of the benefits that you obtain from Omega-3
intake are actually produced by the EPA and DHA compounds, and not only that but each
compound seems to produce its own unique benefits making each one important in its own right.
Whether or not ALA actually produces any real advantages on its own is not clear at this
time. So it might seem that because the ALA in flaxseed oil is converted into EPA and
DHA that both flaxseed oil and fish oil would be equally beneficial sources, but the problem
lies in the fact that the conversion process of ALA into EPA and DHA is very inefficient.
Now it depends on several factors but this conversion can sometimes be as low as 5 to
10 percent in some cases, and not only that but none of the ALA or resulting EPA is actually
converted into DHA. And so for that reason fish oil is almost certainly a superior source
for maintaining optimal Omega-3 fatty acid intake. It provides a rich source of the active
EPA and DHA lipids that are readily available for use by your body without the inefficient
conversion process that flaxseed oil undergoes. Many studies have been conducted that show
a clear link between fish oil consumption and direct bodybuilding benefits including
increased muscle growth, decreased muscle catabolism, improved fat loss and reduced
inflammation and I’ve said it for a very long time, but anybody who is serious about their
bodybuilding results and their overall health should be supplementing with a high quality
fish oil every day at about 3 grams of combined EPA and DHA which would be equal to around
4 to 10 grams of actual fish oil depending on which brand you’re using. If you do want
to get a supply of a very high quality fish oil source then make sure to check out EFA
Ultra Pure. The link is in the Description box for that. That’s a pure source of molecular
distilled Nordic sea fish oil with up to about 3 times the EPA and DHA content of most popular
brands, and it’s also enteric coated so it prevents the “fish burps” that you get with
alot of other fish oil products. So I hope you found the information in this video helpful.
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