View Full Version : omega 3, 6, flax seed?

02-12-2004, 11:59 PM
Just curious, wut are these things? Wut do they do?

Saint Patrick
02-13-2004, 12:31 AM
Flax Oil and Fish Oil (and nuts) contain Omega 3 and 6 fats.

They're EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids). In a nutshell, they're healthy sources of fat.

I could get more in-depth, but I'm too lazy to type any more.

02-13-2004, 09:28 AM
Fish Oils
~3g of EPA/DHA (combined amount), which usually equals about 10g per day, assuming the caps are 30% EPA/DHA
Excess intake of fish oil has been shown to decrease testosterone levels, increase bleeding time, and also adversely effect cholesterol levels. More is not necessarily better when it comes to fish oil.
fish oil supplies EPA/DHA directly to the body. Flaxseed oil contains ALA which has to be converted to EPA/DHA, which is not an effecient process.
300 fish oil caps (180 EPA/120 DHA) for ~$8 at Sam's Club
300count 1000mg(EPA300/DHA200) for ~$6 at COSTCO

Flax Oil
common recommended dose is ~2 tablespoons per day (14g)
Lignans found in the seed (not the oil) have been found to decrease risk of breast cancer
Flax see oil has been shown to increase growth of protstate cancer by 300%

02-13-2004, 12:44 PM
I just get my EFA from these pills I get at my local pharmacy, its labeled Omega 3-6-9, its flax,fish and another oil which I forget. It says to take 3 a day...but after reading the above comment I think I'll lower that to just 1....