Omega-3 From Flax
Flax was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The flax in ProBiotein is known for its healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Keeping your ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in balance is key.
Flax is also one of the best sources of lignans. Lignans from flax have strong antioxidant properties. Lignans are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that are converted in the body to enterolactone.
ALA, EPA and DHA Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids include ALA from plants like flax, plus EPA and DHA from marine organisms like fish, algae and krill. These omega-3s are essential for our good health, and are primarily taken in through the foods we eat. You need both types – plant (short chain fatty acids) and marine (long chain fatty acids) – in your diet. It's believed that intake of omega-3s at just 1% of our total daily calories, is all that's needed. They can't be made by the human body, with one exception. Our bodies can convert ALA into EPA, and then into DHA. But conversion is only about 5% efficient, and that efficiency decreases with age. So getting your omega-3 directly from plant sources and marine sources, is the best way to assure that your body's needs are met.