Millions of health-conscious people are looking to fish and flax for the indispensable omega-3 fatty acids they require. Fish are the source we favor here at our Bothell sushi restaurant, for obvious reasons. Not only is seafood a delicious part of Japanese cuisine, but there is also some scientific research indicating that fish simply contain a superior form of omega-3.
The biggest distinction between the omega-3 you get from seafood and the omega-3 in plants like flax is that seafood has EPA and DHA fatty acids, while flax only has what is known as ALA fatty acids. EPA and DHA are the crucial types of omega-3, and ALA is only valuable for its potential to be converted by your body into EPA and DHA. The omega-3 in flax is therefore not as readily available to your system, and requires more work of your body.
There is also some evidence that flax can raise your risk factor for prostate cancer. More research is needed on this topic, but men may wish to turn to seafood more as a source of omega-3 until more conclusive studies can be conducted. Until such a time, you are always welcome to get your weekly dose of omega-3 at Sushi Hana.