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I just bought this Nature's Way flax oil at Sun Harvest. It was $9.95. I figure I'll put a tbs in my oatmeal in the morning. I just took some straight, and it's not bad. Is there such a thing as taking too much omega 3? I hope not.

Manufacturer's Description:

Nature's Way EFA Gold is the highest qualtity flax seed oil, and one of nature's richest botanial sources of healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size:15 mL

Servings per Container: 48

Ingredient Amount % Daily Value**

Calories 130

Calories from Fat 130

Total Fat 14g 22

Saturated Fat 1.5g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g

Polyunsaturated Fat 10g

Omega-3 Fatty Acds 7.5g

Lignan-Rich Flax Fraction 2.8g †

Omega-9 Fatty Acids 2.2g †

Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2g †

Ingredients:

Other Ingredients: Organic Flax Oil (seed), Organic Lignan-Risch Flax OIl (seed), Antioxidant Blend (Rosemary, Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid).

Manufacturer's Directions:

Take 1 tablespoon (15 mL) 1 to 3 times daily. May also be sed in salad dressings, dips and spreads; on bread, rice and pasta or stirred into yogurt, cottage cheese, juice or cold beverages. Keep refrigerated.

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It's worthless.

What's important to your health is maintaining the proper ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

Fish oils have a 7:1 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio whereas the flax is only 3:1. Somewhere iin the metabolic processes, the two of them compete for enzymes, so an improper amount of omega-6 in the ratio can negate the effect of the omega-3.

According to wikipedia, the ideal human diet should have a omega-3 to omeg-6 ratio between 3:1 and 5:1. The typical western diet has a ratio between 1:10 and 1:30 The point of taking the supplements is to correct the imbalance. The problem with the flax seed oil is that no matter how much you take you'll never fix the imbalance because the ratio is too low.

This is where I got the numbers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3

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flaxseed oil is an excellent omega-3 source. it is mostly ALA omega-3 (commonly plant derived omega-3 fatty acid), which is converted by human metabolism to the EPA and DHA as you find in fish oil. i think it might actually go well in combination with the fish oil, or just a diet with more fish. A can of tuna is like 2.5g of fat (i.e. - oil), and I don't know how this oil breaks down in ratio.

i thought a omega3/6 ratio of 1:1 was ok, but i didnt read that wiki article VE mentioned yet. the problem is most people have a ratio of 1:5 or even higher (too much 6's, not enough 3's)

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Well, here's another point of view for the middle-aged among us.

I spend time looking up stuff about eyes, and the Glaucoma specialists that I've talked to recommended flaxseed oil. It's particularly good for treating "dry eye," a common condition as uncomfortable as "dry mouth," and a common side effect from meds.

Here's an article from an ophthalmologist's journal about the benefits of flaxseed oil: Helping Dry Eye

I realize that Crazyboards is primarily concerned with people's mental health, but here's one condition that flaxseed oil seems to help.

Also, this doctor claims that flaxseed oil combined with fish oil has tremendous anti-inflammatory effects.

olga

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I realize that Crazyboards is primarily concerned with people's mental health, but here's one condition that flaxseed oil seems to help.

Also, this doctor claims that flaxseed oil combined with fish oil has tremendous anti-inflammatory effects.

olga

Doesn't it help with female hormone issues, also?

I have trouble believing what's on wiki because what is written is not always written by people who know what they're talking about. jmo

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I have trouble believing what's on wiki because what is written is not always written by people who know what they're talking about. jmo

Statisticly there are about as many errors as britanica. The good articles always cite their sources so you can trace them anyway.

It's good for ballpark info.

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Yeah..what Elvis said. The britannica people were not happy when a news story came out saying Wiki was just as accurate as them. Especially since wiki people write for free while britannica must pay eggheads with an alphabet soup of letters after their names.

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fish oil has more omega 3s.

flax isn't bad for you though.

as VE stated, flax doesn't have the best 3:6 ratio. one of the great things about omegas is that they help the heart and raise good cholestrol. if flax is your primary source of fat other than fish oil, there should be no issue.

the other main issue with flax is that some people can not convert the ALA in the flax into EPA and DHA, so it serves no purpose for mental health reasons.

because my brain lacks footnotes, i can't remember where i read it (or was told it) but i take my omegas with the fattiest meal of the day that i eat. i think it has to do with your body being in the mode to digest fats. this may have been advice for cholestrol though. (also, the fattiest thing i eat each day tends to be the olive oil in salad dressing, not a steak... so uh, er, while this all seems to be working out well for me, i don't think taking it with fries is a great idea, etc. on french fry days i usualy take it with a different meal. actually, as french fries mean PMS, i usually forget my vitamins and am too busy feeling sorry for myself and watching oprah to remember to take my meds.)

my doctor loves flax. he's all about udo's choice oil with lingands. (he pushes this for non mental health reasons. this is my GP. my pdoc has me on 2 grams of EPA a day)

anyway, the point is, i doubt the flax is negating the fish oil.

but i don't have any nice studies to point to.

perhaps null0 will jump in here.

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fish oil has more omega 3s.

flax isn't bad for you though.

as VE stated, flax doesn't have the best 3:6 ratio. one of the great things about omegas is that they help the heart and raise good cholestrol. if flax is your primary source of fat other than fish oil, there should be no issue.

the other main issue with flax is that some people can not convert the ALA in the flax into EPA and DHA, so it serves no purpose for mental health reasons.

because my brain lacks footnotes, i can't remember where i read it (or was told it) but i take my omegas with the fattiest meal of the day that i eat. i think it has to do with your body being in the mode to digest fats. this may have been advice for cholestrol though. (also, the fattiest thing i eat each day tends to be the olive oil in salad dressing, not a steak... so uh, er, while this all seems to be working out well for me, i don't think taking it with fries is a great idea, etc. on french fry days i usualy take it with a different meal. actually, as french fries mean PMS, i usually forget my vitamins and am too busy feeling sorry for myself and watching oprah to remember to take my meds.)

my doctor loves flax. he's all about udo's choice oil with lingands. (he pushes this for non mental health reasons. this is my GP. my pdoc has me on 2 grams of EPA a day)

anyway, the point is, i doubt the flax is negating the fish oil.

but i don't have any nice studies to point to.

perhaps null0 will jump in here.

i know the omega-3 topic is pinned and locked, but those who are vegetarian should know there is a supplement derived from marine microalgae - a non-fish source of DHA. heres a link

http://www.betterlife.com/prod_home_page.a...;source=froogle

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