Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?

Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?

Hey Guys, Sean Nalewanyj of EliteImpactLabs.com
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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42 thoughts on “Flaxseed Oil Vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better?

  1. I don't train for size right now so the actual workouts I currently do would not be optimal for viewers who are mostly interested in gaining mass/strength.

  2. You can certainly still consume both, but if you want to make sure you're getting enough EPA/DHA daily then fish oil is a smart idea.

  3. Sean I think your fishoil recommendation is a bit extreme and expensive. A high quality 1000mg fishoil pill (that's a big one) contains about 350mg of combined EPA+DHA, so you'll need like 9 fish oil pills a day and then I'm talking big high quality pills. For some brands you'd need TWENTY pills with your recommendation. It's about 23-30 euro's a month JUST for the fishoil. Lets not forget heavy metals from fish from heavily contaminated water. Quality control often is limited.Gotta stay careful

  4. Seems like your product has a lot more EPA+DHA per 1000mg though. Do you have more info about the FDA inspection, maybe a source/link? Most supplements aren't even touched by the FDA so I'm surprised yours is. Not writing off your product, but just surprised.

  5. Just did some calculations:

    1 bottle of EFA UltraPure contains 120*700mg = 84.000mg EPA+DHA @ 22.95 (taking 3 bottle example). That's 3600mg per dollar.
    1 bottle of a dutch brand (won't link unless asked) contains 180*360mg = 64800mg EPA+DHA @ 15.90 euro (3 bottle example). That's 4075mg per euro or 3091mg per dollar.

    So I gotta say props. Unfortunately I live in the Netherlands so the price including shipping of both (mg per dollar) would prolly be close. Gotta stick with practicality sry 🙂

  6. I've always been told that Flaxseed was better because of its higher concentration of omega 3 in comparison to fish oil. I am not a body builder and I'm not trying to build muscle I just want to be healthy. Now is your endorsement of Fish Oil over Flaxseed oil due to its benefits in body building or in general?

  7. This applies to everyone, not just bodybuilders. What you're after is EPA/DHA and not ALA – so even if flaxseed oil has a higher omega 3 concentration it doesn't matter because only a small % of that is actually converted to EPA/DHA, whereas fish oil contains the EPA/DHA in its active form.

  8. but is grinded Linseed/Flaxseed ( in a coffee grinder ) better than fish oil ? its said that linseed has almost twice as much omega 3 than fish oil… so iv,e read

  9. but fish oil is so horrid to take… any idea,s on how to incorparate it into somthing to make it less nasty tasting ?

  10. With all the radioactive waste being dumped into the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, I think I'll stay away from ingesting anything that comes out of the ocean today. Grow your own fresh fish or eat flaxseed.

  11. Do not take any supplement until you do a comprehensive blood test.
    If your oemgas,vitamins,minerals are normal you do not need anything.
    If you are deficient then try change nutrition or take supplements.

    Most people wont tell you that supplements can do more harm than good if you dont need it.

  12. Eating fish is murder, though. And the convertion of the ALA depends on the Health state of the body. Vegetarians and Vegans for example convert the ALA much more effectively.

  13. can i take both? and im taking 2 grams of epa and dha from fishoil, gnc brand, it says to take 1 gram on the label, should i just ignore this? cause i wana take 3 grams

  14. One word… Mercury. The risk of consuming mercury from any type of fish product out ways any of the benefits, ever heard of motor neuron disease, not cool man

  15. Studies of flaxseed have ONLY been done on people who consumes fish. For vegans and vegetarians, the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is enough, and the benefits of ALA included: http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Omega-3-ALA-intakes-enough-for-EPA-DPA-levels-for-non-fish-eaters

    So, Flaxseed Oil may not be as beneficial to Fish eaters, compared to what Fish Oil is, but those who doesn't consume fish, or fish oil at all, Flaxseeds are a great thing to consume. To put it even more simpler if you're getting one of the oils, you don't need the other.

  16. Neither is better. Better to eat the ground flax seeds. If grown organically then it is much cleaner than fishoil, no mercury contamination and the fiber in the ground seed material helps with the digestion of the fatty acids.

  17. Better than flaxseed oil and fish oil is algae oil. It is plant-based and can be grown outside the ocean; therefore, it is free from ocean-borne contaminants. It contains DHA (and EPA from what I've seen). Therefore, you do not need to worry with the ALA conversion if you eat omega 6 sources (which we all need to eat omega 6 no matter what…it's an EFA). I think most vegan omega 3 supplements contain algae oil. I use DEVA Vegan Omega 3 DHA-EPA. But you can also eat a shit ton of ALA like flaxseeds and chia seeds. Hemp seeds are okay. Hemp seeds have a perfect ratio with a little more omega 6 but you'd have to eat no other sources of omega 6 to get the benefits, and that's extremely restrictive. So flax and chia are the way to go if you can't get algae oil.

  18. if someone wants to get their head spinning in a 360 .. go on YouTube and get information on nutrition .. this is good .. this is bad

  19. Fish oil hasn't worked well for me. In fact, I saw no results while taking two different types of fish oil for over a year. On the other hand, Flaxseed oil does wonders, lowered my blood pressure, Cholesterol, and also lowed my triglycerides. If you're not seeing results from fish oil try flaxseed. Sometimes these "studies" are financially supported to drive the market in a certain direction. People read these reports and the result – one person follows another. Try both, conduct your own study; it's your body.

  20. I’ve taken many types of fish oil and I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t work for me. However, when I take 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil throughout the day, my blood pressure cholesterol and triglycerides are all in the normal range. Don’t follow other people, do your own research and try it for yourself

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