Can You Get Enough Omega-3 from Flax?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Ask the Diva: Can You Get Enough Omega-3 from Flax?

Q. I have read that flax is not the best source of Omega 3s because it lacks EPA. Can vegetarians get good sources of Omega 3s through foods or do we have to take a supplement such as Omega 3 from algae?

A. It’s true that the type of omega-3 fats found in flaxseed are not as potent as the type found in fish. However, there are some ways that you can get more benefit from vegetarian sources of omega-3s.  Check my episode on Fish Oil and Omega-3s for a detailed discussion on this.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.