It’s time for the very first installment of the new Q&A video series I’ve been so excited about! Listen to what our readers have been asking lately, and if you’ve got a question, you can email me and I’ll answer you in another video.
What is the difference between Omega 3 oil and Flax seed oil? Which is more important for overall health?
- Omega-3 oil is usually fish oil, which is very highly processed, leaving the oil rancid and full of damaging free radicals.
- Flax seed oil has its own issues, too. It’s very high in phytoestrogens which can cause hormonal problems, and it has been linked to prostate cancer in men, and pre-term labor in pregnant women.
- Flax also only has omega-3 in the form of ALA, which the body cannot effectively convert into usable the forms of omega-3, DHA and EPA.
- I don’t recommend taking either of these. If you are interested in omega-3 supplementation, I recommend fermented cod liver oil. (Find fermented cod liver oil here.)
Is there a difference between cod liver oil and fermented cod liver oil? if so what is the difference and which helps with colds?
- Yes! Big difference. Most cod liver oil is factory processed in a way that strips out all the good nutrients and vitamins. Synthetic vitamins are then added back in. I’m really not a fan of synthetic vitamins — they are commonly made from GMOs, among other issues.
- Fermented cod liver oil is made the traditional way, which preserves all the beneficial vitamins and nutrients. It is totally superior in quality.
- Probably the biggest reason why fermented cod liver oil is so effective in treating a cold is that it contains such high levels of natural vitamin D3. The vitamin D in regular cod liver oil isn’t the same. I don’t think regular or store-bought cod liver oil would work as well as a cold remedy.
- Only one company still makes naturally fermented cod liver oil. They sell their products through online retailers, which are listed on my resources page here.
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