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Old 03-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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So some might know how frugal I become when it comes to buying supplements.

My next question is on Fish oil.

What's the difference between flaxseed oil, fish oil, and ever other healthy fat source? Besides from where they come from, will it effect me differently?

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I personally use both.

I found this article that explains it nicely:

Fish Oil Versus Flax Seed Oil - Which Is Better?

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In one respect, fish oil is definitely “better” than flax seed oil. Fish oil contains two omega-3s that are especially important: EPA and DHA. The body uses EPA to create many hormone-like substances that reduce inflammation and other “excited” states in the body, such as raised blood pressure. Also, eight percent of the brain is composed of EPA and DHA, and one wants to be sure this 8% stays healthy!

Taking fish oil can guarantee that the body gets enough of these two vital omega-3s.
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Flax seed oil contains an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is one of two fatty acids that the body needs and cannot make for itself. Several other sources of ALA do exist, most notably walnuts and hemp seed. Omega-3s are needed by every cell in the body. Among other things, an ample supply helps ensure that cell membranes stay flexible so that cells can get nutrients easily.

The body can use ALA to make all the other omega-3 fatty acids that it needs, including both EPA and DHA. Thus, if you get enough ALA, you don’t need to eat any other sources of omega-3s.

Another advantage of getting one’s omega-3s from the ALA in flax oil is that the body does not create more EPA and DHA than it needs. Therefore, ingesting too much EPA/DHA is not an issue.

The human body uses a variety of omega-3s, not just EPA and DHA. To make the full range of these omega-3s, the body needs ALA from flax oil (or walnuts or other sources) in addition to EPA and DHA. Thus, one needs to consume some ALA even if fish and/or fish oil are plentiful in one’s diet.
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I will add that when it comes to supplements, I personally believe a good multivitamin, plus fish/flax should be at the top of the list.
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I'm torn because I can't afford both. I'm thinking of just grabbing the flaxseed...
Thanks for that info though. I never knew any of that.
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My joints were killing me the other day, I starting hitting more Fish Oils and Flax seed and now I dont have a problem
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I'm torn because I can't afford both. I'm thinking of just grabbing the flaxseed...
Thanks for that info though. I never knew any of that.
Twinlab has a blend for only $8:

Fish/Flax Oil Blend - High Dose Omega-3 & Omega-6 - On Sale Now! | Muscle & Strength
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The only thing I'd be keeping an eye on is being cautious not to overconsume one in relation to the other two, since they are balanced within the body and with so many foods being fortified with one or the other, it's a balancing act if you're not careful.

Having an excess of one can lead to issues but I can't remember which one, or the exact issues...Google may have something if you search "omega 3 6 ratios problems" or something along those lines.

It may be highly unlikely that you'll end up overconsuming one of the omegas, if you don't go overboard and select every fortified food on the shelf, but it's always good to know.
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