A 35-year-old member asked:
can you please tell me about the advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil and what about flax seed oil?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Werner answered
43 years experience Cardiology
Different: Fish and cod liver oils contain epa and dha, omega 3 fatty acids that are associated with a lower incidence of heart disease. Proposed mechanisms include rasing HDL (good) cholesterol, mild blood thinning, and as anti-oxidants (complicated protective mechanism). Flax seed oil is a monounsaturated substitute for cooking oils such as animal or vegatable oil and is thought to be less harmful.
Answered on Jun 30, 2015
Dr. Randy Baker answered
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
No advant.,veg. alt.: I do not know of any advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil. Cod liver oil has advantages over fish oil as it is also a good source of vit a & d, not found in fish oils. Any fish or cod liver oil should be purified to remove mercury, pcb's & other toxins. Flax oils is a vegan alternative to fish oil. It has the omega 3 ala which our bodies convert to epa, but not all people make the conversion.
Answered on May 2, 2013
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