RE: Confused about flax
Posted Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Hi. A couple of things come to mind. One is that when you start eating a vegan diet, low in fat, your cholesterol is going to drop naturally, from reduced intake of saturated fats, eliminated intake of dietary cholesterol, and higher intakes of fiber which pull out excess cholesterol. You are going to reverse damage done to your arteries and prevent further build up as well. All of this eliminates the need to supplement with DHA/EPA, regardless of the source.
If your physician insists you need a DHA/EPA supplement, then you may want to consider one made from algae. These are available online and in some health food stores.
I always say that our focus with omega-3 is a little off the ideal course of action. As Americans, we tend to consume so much fat (mostly in the form of omega-6s) that our omega-3s (naturally occurring in plants) can't impart their anti-inflammatory benefits. The ratio is the key. But let me suggest that instead of jacking up the 3s, reduce all fats to get a healthier proportion of 6s to 3s.
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education