Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by illmaticnyc, May 17, 2005.
do you guys take this in lieu of other fats?
i sually get my fat from olive oil?
I think Flax has one of the highest concentrations of omega 3. That's why it's good.
I've heard of people putting the oil on salads, in protein shakes, maybe soups, anywhere it will dissolve almost unnoticeably.
I take a capsule in the morning and forget about it. Flaxseed oil contains some EFA's, and is supposed to aid in joint problems.
no point taking flax unless you're fat
ceaze your wrong. they are called essential fatty acids because your body needs them. you use them in many bodily functions. immune system is one, skin, etc. do some research
oh shit, this is going to be good....
edit: damn, Chris beat me
fish oil works better....flax is only better if you want to megadose omega-3's, and the only reason to do that would be if you're tubby
You can't spell and your grammar and punctuation blows. You must be a Marine.
I'm thinking about buying some bulk sesame seeds to go with the fish oil I take.
i bought both flaxseed oil and fish oil today
I have been taking flax seed oil for about 5 months. I honestly don't mind the taste.
flax tastes fine
fish oil, on the other hand...
that's why it comes in capsules buddy!
yeah, I only tried straight oil once... that was enough for me
The efa in flax is alpha linolenic acid, the literature I have read says that only about 15% of it will convert to EPA and DHA. Those are the two efa's in fish oil and what your body needs. Now if you take a flax oil with lignans then there will be some benefit but even better would be to grind up some seeds and eat them and then take some fish oil caps.
I wasn't kidding about the sesame seeds, looks like some good benefits to them.
Fish vs. Flax: Who Should You Trust?
from a google of flax vs fish oil
Fish oil versus flax oil
BETHESDA, MARYLAND. There is considerable evidence that fish and fish oils are beneficial to heart health, reduce the risk of cancer, and benefit mental health. The "active" components of fish oils are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms in its backbone, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 22 carbon atoms. Both are members of the omega-3 group of essential fatty acids. EPA and DHA are found exclusively in marine animals; fatty fish such as herring, sardines, salmon and fresh tuna are the best sources.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is another omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed and flaxseed oil. ALA has 18 carbon atoms in its backbone and can be converted to EPA in the body (in the liver) by the addition of two carbon atoms. EPA, in turn, can be converted to DHA. Because the typical American diet is relatively low in fish intake ALA becomes a crucial source of the EPA and DHA required for optimum health.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have just completed a study designed to determine just how much ALA is actually converted to EPA in the body. Their study included eight healthy subjects who were fed a standard diet for three weeks and then given one gram of ALA labeled with an isotope tracer. The diet was beef-based in order to avoid extraneous sources of EPA and DHA. The researchers measured blood plasma concentrations of ALA, EPA and DHA 8, 24, 48, 72, 96 and 168 hours after ingestion of the labeled ALA.
The results show that only about 0.2 per cent of the ALA (2 mg) was actually converted to EPA. In contrast, about 23 per cent of the EPA was available for conversion to DHA. The researchers also noted that the half-life (the time it takes to reduce initial concentration by 50 per cent) of ALA in blood plasma was quite low at about one hour. In comparison, the half-life of EPA was 67 hours and that of DHA 20 hours.
The researchers conclude that ALA is not a viable source of EPA and DHA and cannot replace fish and fish oils in the diet. Editor's Note: According to this new data a tablespoon of flax oil would only result in the synthesis of about 30 mg of EPA – far less than the recommended daily intake of 220 mg.
Pawlosky, Robert J. Physiological compartmental analysis of alpha-linolenic acid metabolism in adult humans. Journal of Lipid Research, Vol. 42, August 2001, pp. 1257-65
ok, I was wrong about the percentage that is converted, it's worse than I remembered.
Flax + reboundxt.
I disagree, I started taking fish oil capsuls a few months ago, and joint pain persisted. A few weeks ago I picked up flax seed oil capsules and have noticed less joint pain and some increased functionality. My case is genetic as my dad and grandfather always experience this.
I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm saying that there are cases where it will help and it is worth looking into.
yeah, but they aren't too bad really.
I have heard some cases of high dosing (2-4 tbsp/day) helping joint pain in lifters. Take some glucosamine also.
i do both and am not fat...sometimes i just want a few extra calories/calories from fat, so i take a couple capsules...i only take fish oil at night to avoid the fish burps
Because the only advantage flax oil has over fish oil is that it's easier to take larger amounts. Omega 3's aren't necessary in large amounts unless you're obese, in which case they should be your primary fat source.
what is the daily dosage of fish oil one should take? what are the guidelines for its use?
i've been taking 2 pills 3 x /day
hmm, so about 3-5 grams?