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ask: Fish oil and flax seed oil

By Anne
 
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I hear so much about fish oil and flax seed oil. I know that they are good for us but they seem to be a lot alike in the health benefits they are said to offer.

What's the difference between them (besides where they come from)? Do they offer different benefits? Is it better to take one or both? And why would a person choose one over the other?

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Anonymous

Can someone help me to discover more details about how to find a way to having a great Flaxseed oil vegetarian with omega nutrition dishes ?

i want to make a wonderful healthy food to my gust,
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flax seed benefits

October 27, 2012 - 8:37am
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Anonymous

To know more about fish oil, you can check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-ZnG3NoZY And from there, you'll learn also why krill oil is far better than fish oil. I hope it helps! :)

October 19, 2011 - 1:00am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

I began taking an organic Omega 3-6-9 combination, from flax seed, that's vegetarian. I got it at Whole Foods. It's about $30 for a month supply. The taste doesn't sit too well with me, although the label touts it as tasting like a "berry smoothie" but if it does a body good, then I'll continue.

July 8, 2009 - 11:21am
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Anonymous

I have heard the same thing, basically if there is too much Omega-6 in your blood and not enough Omega-3s it can cause the blood to thicken which can be bad if left too far out of balance and vice versa if you are getting too much Omega-3s and not enough Omega-6 it can cause your blood to thin to much. many people have been shown to have a terribly out of balance 20 to 1 ratio Omega-6 to Omega-3s when it should really be more between 1 to 1 and 4 to 1.

July 8, 2009 - 10:32am
alysiak

One more thing I learned about fish oil is that it's a blood thinner. My mom learned this the hard way when she ended up in ER for a bloody nose that literally came out of nowhere; Mom never had a bloody nose that anyone could remember. When asked whether she took vitamins or supplements, and she mentioned her fish oil capsules, the ER physician told her to stop taking them.

Just a word of caution, and as Dr. Susan mentioned way up above - there are those who cannot take fish oil, for whatever reason.

July 7, 2009 - 4:08pm
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Anonymous

After doing some research on my own I ran into a few articles that brought up the possibility that supplementing with flax seed (ALA) may have had some impact on studies researching the ability of (ALA) to help prevent or treat cancer in both positive and negative ways although (ALA) was not the only factor or variable that was taken into consideration. I have also found studies that have proposed that supplementing with flax seed can affect the possibility of getting and fighting different kinds of cancers in men and women differently (such as it may be a contributing factor to prostate cancer in men or contribute to another type of cancer in women). No study has been conclusive on these findings so supplementing with flax seed (ALA) has basically been left to exist as something that has been shown to have many health benefits but may also assist, prevent, or have no effect on cancer. I simply found this info on my own quest to figure out what the cost benefit of flax seed supplementation was. I currently take flax seed oil gelcaps but after doing more research have begun to second guess that decision.

I figure if the major benefit from taking flax seed is to supply us with DHA and EPA which derive from the parent ALA, then is flax seen really necessary? This is an open question, because I honestly don't know. I just figured I would let anybody who cares to know what I have found myself in this vast expanse of information we know as the internet.

July 7, 2009 - 2:22pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Thanks Dr. Susan.

As a vegetarian, I hear of all the benefits of fish oil and wonder if I'm really missing out on something (there is no way I'd take a fish oil caplet) but knowing flax seed oil can provide similar benefits is great information (that I didn't have before). Flax seed may not be as good as fish oil, but it seems like it provides some very good nutrients nonetheless.

Thank you!

October 31, 2008 - 1:40pm
Anne

This is all so much help. Thank you so much!! We now have fish oil capsules on our kitchen counter and I understand the issue a little better. I too agree that whole foods are the best, but I know we don't do the best job of that every day, so supplements help us be sure. Thanks so much for your help.

October 31, 2008 - 9:24am
Dr. Susan

While no one is arguing the benefits of omega 3 EFAs, including those found in flaxseed oil, The reality IS that flaxseed DOES NOT contain an important enzyme needed for our bodies to get all the benefits from the omega 3's. Fish oil omega 3's are still superior because they do have that enzyme.

Flaxseed is a great source of omega 3's and fiber, but the question was...what is the difference between Omega-3's found in flax and those of fish origin? Simply stated. Fish is a superior source, but that does not say that flax is not a good source.

Diet is paramount and supplements are just that...SUPPLEMENTS. Unless you are getting WILD caught fish (not farm raised) 3-5 times per week, or the eqivalent of 2000mg combined DHA/EPA per day, you should be supplementing with a good quality omega 3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID..."essential" because our bodies cannot make it and we must get it from our diet.

Dr.Susan
http://www.lakeshorewellnesscenter.com

October 31, 2008 - 6:42am
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Anonymous (reply to Dr. Susan)

I read that flaxseed oil is good for regulating the menses n menopausal symptoms, is this true for fish oil?

May 22, 2009 - 7:03pm
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