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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Is flax seed oil better than fish oil?

"I take it that the flax seed oil is more beneficial than fish oil - why is that? Thanks for your help and advice."

Gary comments:
Andrew, the answer is this "Six of one and half a dozen of the other".

There are arguments that fish oil is easier to digest; but there are other arguments that flax oil's supposed indigestibility is a beat up by the billion dollar fishing industry.  The flax oil industry is tiny by comparison and cannot afford the big bucks for research and publicity.

I think the best solution is to go for a wide variety of healthy oils including fish and flax oils.  There is olive oil, walnut, sesame, avocado and coconut to name a few.  Flax oil is a good base oil to go with.

I do prefer flax oil because it comes from a sustainable source.  The fishing industry hasserious credibility problems with fish stock and outrageous environmental destruction.  I am doing my best to source fish oils from sustainably fished and environmentally friendly sources; but verifying this is easier said than done.  I know my flax oil all comes from South Canterbury and is from organic sustainable farming.
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