It is important to understand that there’s a difference between the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and those in flaxseeds and flaxseed oil. This difference also holds true for soybean oil, canola oil, and walnut oil, which also have some omega-3 content.
The difference is that fish oil has EPA and DHA (two important components of omega-3s) in ready-to-use form—your body absorbs it right away. The others contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which needs to be converted in your body to EPA and DHA. The conversion process is slow and inefficient. If you take flaxseed supplements, you won’t actually end up with much EPA and DHA from them. This is not to say the other forms aren’t good, just that fish oil is significantly more potent.
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