Ever since I started importing my omega-3 packed Sacha Inchi oil from Peru earlier this year, some of my patients have been asking, “Dr. Sears, what’s the difference between omega-3s that come from plants and omega-3s that come from fish? Does it matter which one I take?”
That’s a great question. And the answer is pretty simple. The first thing you need to know is that although both sources are chock full of omega-3s, there’s more than one kind of omega-3.
Plant-based omega-3s are mainly alpha linoleic acid (ALA). Your body breaks this down into the two types of omega-3 you need for maximum health: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Packing more than 48% ALA, Sacha Inchi oil is one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 in the world.
Now let’s look at animal based omega-3s. Cod liver oil is also a rich source of omega-3s. But unlike its plant-based cousin, cod liver oil isn’t just ALA. Its omega-3s contain EPA and DHA.
So why should you care whether you take fish oil or Sacha Inchi? To get the full range of benefits you need omega-3s from both sources.
Here’s something else: The ability to convert ALA into EPA and DHA can vary from person to person. So getting an “animal source,” like cod liver oil is essential. By getting both, you’ll enjoy renewed energy, vitality and a virtually disease-proof body.
I tell my patients to find good sources of both and cycle between them. That’s what I do at home. I use Sacha Inchi in the kitchen and add it to dozens of dishes. It has a pleasant, nutty flavor, a little like almonds. You can put it on salads or desserts – even take a teaspoon of it straight.
I put cod liver oil into my protein shake every morning. That way I know I’m getting plenty of EPA and DHA.
I’ve set it up so that you can be sure you’re getting enough of both the brain and heart oils EPA and DHA and the plant based anti-inflamatory ALA all at once. I call it the “omega pack.”
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To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD