Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: March 30, 2018 Comments: 0

Looking to increase your intake of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids? Most people automatically think fish oil.   But flaxseed oil is a great alternative to fish oil, particularly if you’re vegetarian or vegan. Flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) is derived from the seeds of the plant Linium usitatissimum and contains over 50% of its fatty acids as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, making it nature’s richest and best source of vegetable-based omega-3 fatty acids. Once eaten, the human body converts ALA to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which are more readily used by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are an important component of almost all cell membranes and known for their anti-inflammatory properties as well as supporting skin, brain and heart health. ALA (recommended as part of the Mediterranean diet), is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. So if you’re looking to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and are looking for an alternative to fish oil, you may want to give fish-free flaxseed oil a try.

 

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