Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Echium Oil

Dear Dr. Walt,

Is echium oil a good alternative to fish oil? I am allergic to fish? 

—Fishless in Idaho

Dear Fatty Acid Seeker,

According to the experts at, “Echium oil, a plant oil, does not contain the EPA or DHA found in fish oil, but it does contain other omega-3 fatty acids which can be converted into EPA in your body.”

ConsumerLab adds, “Interestingly, one clinical study found echium oil to have a heart health benefit not seen with fish oil.”

You may also want to consider algal oil, which provides both EPA and DHA, and, like echium oil, is plant-based.

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