Glen Tobias discusses whether or not women should take a daily flax oil supplement.
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Flax seed oil is good. It's got ALA and ALA is the alpha-linolenic acid that has to be converted to DHA. So if you're a vegetarian, or really have some kind of aversion to fish, and flax seed is your only alternative, then it is a great product to take because I do think that people need more Omega 3. But I do believe that a fish oil supplement would be better, because there is no conversion that has to go on in the body, and you're going to get more DHA from the fish oil than you would out of the, the flax. In terms of flax seed oil, now some people get the seed itself, and you'd want to get ground flax seed, not whole flax seed. Because whole flax seed, you're not going to be able to digest. And it's just really going to pass through the system almost untouched. If it's ground, you're going to be able to utilize the seed for the ALA, to get to convert to DHA. So you want to get it ground if you're going to use the seed, not whole. And if you're going to get oil, my recommendation is to keep it in the refrigerator, so it doesn't go rancid.
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