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Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

Posted Apr 03 2010 5:22pm

The opinions of the experts vary when debating which is better between flaxseed oil and fish oil.  Supporters of each of them claim that theirs is better than the other.  Reviewing the facts of each can help you decide for yourself.

Flaxseed oil vs fish oil

Flaxseed Oil – Advantages and Disadvantages

There are many verified benefits of flaxseed oil and it is effective in providing nutritional support to people on diets. It has Omega-3 fatty acids which are considered to be a healthy fat and fiber to aid in digestion and suppress the appetite.  There is limited evidence to show that it helps reduce weight gain in obese people but more research is necessary in this area.  Studies have been done to determine the beneficial effects of flaxseed oil to prevent diabetic conditions but further research is necessary for confirmation of these benefits.

Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium, Vitamin B, fiber, and protein and trace amounts of alpha-linoic acid.  It is common in many health foods and can be purchased in the natural form or in liquid or capsule form in most health food stores.  It is on the expensive side as far as supplements go.  There is also a laxative effect that you will want to research before you try it.

Fish Oil – Advantages and Disadvantages

Fish Oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are effective in benefiting people who suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease.  Some studies have shown that the fatty acids contained in fish oil are also effective against depression, degenerative brain disease and in prevention of macular degeneration.   It is believed by experts that fish oil can help to maintain normal levels of cholesterol.  The EPA and DHA fatty acids that are found in fish oil have anti-inflammatory benefits that treat arthritis and helps to prevent arterial plaques from forming preventing arteriosclerosis.  If you are taking medication for high blood pressure or heart condition you need to speak to your doctor before adding fish oil supplements to your diet, it can be contraindicated with some medications.

Among the advantages of fish oil there are also some disadvantages.  Some fish oil products contain toxic substances in trace amounts because the source of the fish was from polluted waters.  Some products are not processed in sterile conditions and instead of gaining health benefits you can actually be introducing pollutants and toxins into your body.

Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil – You Decide

Both of these oils are healthy for you.  When making the choice of flaxseed oil vs. fish oil the difference mainly lies in the type of Omega-3 fatty acids they contain.  Flaxseed oil contains Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Fish oil contains Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). If you are pure vegetarian then flaxseed oil would be your choice.

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