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If I start taking fish oil do I still need to add flax seeds to my smoothies or cereal?

Posted March 20, 2012

Question: If I start taking fish oil is it necessary or is there any benefit to still taking flax seeds (I grind it up and put 1 tbsp in my breakfast smoothie or cereal each morning)?
Answer: Flax seeds are a wonderful source of fiber and an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), whereas fish oil contains two omega-3s that are especially important for reducing inflammation, boosting cognitive health, and even fat loss: EPA and DHA. I definitely recommend having both in your diet. Adding 2 to 3 tablespoons (30–45 mL) of flaxseed to your smoothies, oatmeal, salads or cereals daily can provide a dose of 4 g of fibre and essential fatty acids. Be sure to purchase ground flaxseed in a vacuum-sealed package and store in the freezer before it spoils, or grind your own.

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