On her website, Cheryl Millett has a great article going into some of the detail as to why seal oil is superior to both fish oil and plant-based omega-3s such as flax, walnut, and chia, as well as vegetable oils, etc. Check out the article here.
Here’s a brief summary of what she has to say about it.
1. The Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio
I wrote about this subject here. Most sources of omega-3 contain far too much omega-6 relatively speaking. North American diets usually contain a ratio of about 1:15 of omega-3 to omega-6 but it should be somewhere closer to 1:4. This means for most people, they should supplement their diets with omega-3.
In seal oil, the ratio of omega-3:omega-6 is 1:1, which is very high. With plant-based sources it can be anywhere from 1:4 to 2000:1. Even though 4:1 would be much more Omega-3 than 6, there are other issues discussed later. But for the most part, the ratios contain way too much omega-6.
2. Raw Material vs. Finish Product
3. Seal oil contains long chain omega-3 as opposed to short-chain
Basically, with plant and even fish sources of omega-3, our bodies have to process them a lot so that they are usable. The nutrients must be broken down and then reconstituted. This is not the case with seal oil which we can ingest directly and goes straight into our bodies. This is because seal is a mammalian source and we are mammals.
4. Form of Omega-3
This one is very important. Plant-based sources (except for algae) come in the form of ALA omega-3 which must first be converted in the body. The rate of conversion is around 10%. This is unlike fish and seal oil which comes in the form of DHA and EPA, and in the case of seal oil, also DPA.
5. Published Research
There has been published research touting the benefits of seal oil.
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