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safflower oil as a better source of fat?

Would safflower oil be a good alternative to EPA + DHA intake than cod liver oil? Here’s a good chart for comparison - www.uncivilized.org/afo-chart.jpg

Hi, Snaphu. EPA & DHA are fatty acids that have been derived from Omega 3 fatty acids. Safflower oil is high in Omega 6 fatty acids. So, good try, but no, it won’t work.



Here’s what you need to know, the short course. Omega 3s are ANTI-inflammatory. Omega 6s are PRO-inflammatory. The body needs both, but most Americans get a disproportionate share of Omega 6s (sunflower, safflower, corn & peanut oil), not to mention that the meat of most corn-fed animals are high in Omega 6s. Thus the need to supplement with Omega 3s (found in flaxseed oil and deep-sea fish; salmon, mackeral, sardines).



To get your EPA & DHA you’ll have to take a product that has it listed on the bottle.

As TT said, safflower is NOT a substitute for fish oils, EPA/DHA in particular. However, I believe safflower oil is a primary source of conjugated linoleic acid (i.e. CLA), which in and of itself has body composition benefits. This would be something to consider, as you might choose to complement your omega-3 intake with CLA.