Omega 3 from Fish oil's vs. Flaxseed oil - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 2 Old 03-15-2008, 07:01 PM - Thread Starter
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NAK...Is it the same or is it different, does the body absorb it differently. Tell me wht you know, in simple terms, I have baby brain!

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Flaxseed has a type of omega-3 (ALA, alpha linolenic acid) that is a precursor to EPA and DHA (I think both). Fish oil has preformed EPA and DHA. A small number of people can't convert the ALA to EPA & DHA. I'm not sure how efficient the conversion usually is--that could be an issue for some people, maybe.

As a practical matter, some people like flaxseed oil and have seen results, and some people like fish oil. For flaxseed oil, it seems important to buy some that is refrigerated (and store it like that at home), and for fish oil (capsules, most likely), do some reading to find a brand that is really good about removing impurities and then testing to make sure it was done well.
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