A 73-year-old male asked:
for a vegetarian, how much more flaxseed must be taken to get the same effect as fish oil?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
52 years experience Cardiology
No equivalence: Less than 5% of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which is flaxseed oil is converted in the body to EPA (eicosopentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexagenoic acid) which are found in fish .Although all are omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, only the fish derived fatty acid(EPA and DHA) has been found to have possible cardiovascular benefit. ALA effect is neutral.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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