Omega-3 essential fatty acids are unsaturated fats that benefit the body in a multitude of ways. They have been found in various studies to support overall health, but the body cannot make these important nutrients on its own. We can only obtain Omega-3s from our food and supplements.
Fish oil is the most common source of the Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but some plant-based foods also contain Omega-3 in the form of ALA – the parent Omega-3. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of ALA, making it and flax oil a great Omega-3 supplement choice. Flaxseed is also a source of Lignans, which are phytoestrogens and antioxidants. There are hundreds of studies, both completed and currently under way, which explore the potential health benefits Lignans alone may provide.
Fish oil is a direct source of the Omega-3s EPA and DHA, and is often available in softgel and oil form with a number of different concentrations of EPA and DHA for a more individualized Omega-3 experience. However, fish oil is not an ideal Omega-3 choice for vegans, vegetarians and plant-based eaters. Granted, these groups do get some Omega-3 from green, leafy vegetables, but no one wants to eat buckets of spinach every hour to get enough Omega-3s to make a difference. Flaxseed and flax oil is one of the best choices of vegan Omega-3s out there, and it can provide a significant amount of Omega-3s most American diets need in just one or two tablespoons of oil.
Fortunately, there is a source of Omega-3 for you no matter what your dietary restrictions may be, and Barlean’s prides itself on offering a wide variety of Omega-3 products for the whole family. Plus, Barlean’s Flax Oil is USDA Organic and the first flax oil to be verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO project. Visit Barlean’s online at www.barleans.com and open the door to a new kind of candy store you’ll want to come back to again and again!