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Sara Galipeau
Ottawa
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Hey! I'm Sara Galipeau, nutritionist and owner of Love Plants for Life. I love delicious and healthy food made quick and easy, and believe in choosing quality natural products to support health goals. 

Why Eating Lots of Flax May Not Meet Your Omega-3 Needs

November 22, 2019

Flax is a fabulous source of omega-3 ALA, but our bodies need vitamin, mineral, and enzyme cofactors to buddy up with it in order to convert it into the most usable forms, EPA and DHA. And a lot of things throw the conversion off-course, including nutrient deficiencies, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, medications/drugs, and of course stress!

So it's very difficult for our bodies to derive enough of these most bioavailable omegas from flax alone.

That's not to say that flax seeds - and other high omega seeds - don't still have their benefits!

I love using flax seeds - whole, stored in the freezer, and ground fresh as I need them in my coffee grinder - as part of my seed cycling routine.

Basically, seed cycling is a practice of eating specific seeds at specific points in your menstrual cycle: 1 Tbsp each flax + pumpkin seeds every day during days 1-14 (the follicular phase, from the start of your period to expected ovulation), then switching to 1 Tbsp each sunflower + sesame seeds during days 15-28 (the luteal phase, from ovulation to the start of your next period).

I also love getting omegas from a variety of sources, with a couple of other favourites including walnuts as another high omega-3 source, and hemp hearts as a perfectly balanced source of both omega-3 and omega-6.

But what about that EPA-DHA conversion? I typically suggest anyone following even a whole-food plant-based diet incorporate an algae-source EPA-DHA supplement. My favourites are NutraVege Omega-3 Plant, which is a great-tasting oil that comes in a variety of flavours and strengths, and Barlean's Vegan Total Omega, which has the benefit of being great-tasting as well as emulsified for better digestion.

Add these seeds and supplements to your next smoothie, chia pudding, or overnight oats for a great anti-inflammatory omega boost!

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Sara Galipeau
Ottawa
About me

Hey! I'm Sara Galipeau, nutritionist and owner of Love Plants for Life. I love delicious and healthy food made quick and easy, and believe in choosing quality natural products to support health goals. 

REVIEWED PRODUCTS (8)

Gold Top Organics Whole Brown Flax Seeds

Prana Organic Raw Walnuts

Elan Pumpkin Seeds

Elan Sunflower Seeds

Inari Organic Sesame Seeds

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

NutraVege Strawberry Orange

Barlean's Total Omega Vegan Swirl Pomegranate Blueberry

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