Ask Denise: Is fish oil or seaweed the best source of omega-3 fats?


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Denise John

Denise John, our senior science editor, has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a doctorate in neuroscience. She learned how to juggle in a ninth grade gymnastics class and still can. He spends a lot of time interpreting research, and what he learns about different health conditions you can see in our growing library of articles called goop dr. You can send your questions to Denise [email protected].

Dear goo, What is the best way to get omega-3: fish or seaweed oil? – Gemma L.

Hi, Gemma. Sounds like you’re familiar with omega-3 ALA, EPA and DHA. These are the three common types of omega-3s we hear about. (There are eleven species, but not much is known about the function of the others.) ALA is an omega-3 plant base found in foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp and walnuts. EPA and DHA are sea-based sources and are found in fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, salmon and tuna.

These healthy fats make up cells throughout our body and support them overall wellness– brain function, mood, focus, vision, inflammatory response, immunity, heart function, respiratory health, metabolic health, pregnancy, etc. * ALA, EPA and DHA omega-3 together support the overall good condition. Research suggests this WELL primarily acts to support a healthy inflammatory response and immune function, namely gave it primarily functions as a support to healthy brain development and function. * Research on ALA it is missing, but it is quite clear that ALA supports a healthy inflammatory response and has antioxidant effects. Our bodies use ALA to make EPA and DHA, but usually a lot of ALA is not converted to EPA and DHA. It varies individually (depending on your health, diet, etc.), but that’s the way it is estimated that the ALA conversion in EPA is about 8 to 12 percent, and in DHA 1 percent or less.

Science shows that without enough omega-3 EPA and DHA our bodies do not function best. If you don’t get the required amount, adding often can help.

Omega-3 fats are essential nutrients in a healthy state vitamin protocol. Two ways to get omega-3 EPA and DHA through marine sources: fish or algae. Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3s with high amounts of EPA and DHA per meal (which you can find shown on the supplement label) to support overall health and wellness. * It is typically produced from a variety of fish species; the most common are anchovies, sardines and mackerel.


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For vegans and vegetarians, algae oil is an excellent plant source of omega-3 EPA and DHA. You will notice that algae oil usually has lower amounts of EPA and DHA per meal than fish oil and more DHA than EPA per serving. In Simris algae Omega-3, algae oil is combined with organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil, a source of ALA, to obtain the full spectrum of vegan omega-3 support. The two softgels contain 700 milligrams of omega-3: 200 milligrams of DHA, 50 milligrams of EPA and 450 milligrams of ALA.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article contains the advice of a physician or physicians, the views expressed are those of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of the goop.


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