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Bunny and Trainboxer,
Well if you weren't eating the foods that provide Omega 3's then you aren't going to have to worry about converting them ;-) Yet since grains, nuts, & seeds provide Omega 3s, you are still getting them in your diet. The question is, are you able to convert the Omega-3 [b]ALA[/b] (alpha-linolenic acid) in Flaxseed into Omega-3 [b]EPA[/b] (eicosapentaenoic acid) and [b]DHA[/b] (docosahexaenoic acid) found in Fish Oils?

Based on studies involving arthritis, heart disease and also this acne-ebook I have, while Fish Oils are effective, Flaxseed oil produced very little results. Therefore, some people have a problem converting ALA or enough ALA into the neccessary EPA & DHA for hormonal balance (prostaglandins), anti-inflammatory effects, increasing insulin sensitivity (what you want), etc.

Also, I've heard of people's hair growing long with Flaxseed oil, but other people said it caused them to breakout. So, if you can tolerate it, definately get a blend of Fish Oils and Flaxseed, since flaxseed still has some benefits. Yet if you believe in B5 for clearing your skin, then you want to take Fish Oils, over Flax, (test out different brands) to lower those triglycerides.

You MAY also feel more comfortable taking a Blend of Omega 3-6-9. However, Omega 6 are found in Vegetable oils and we tend to get more of these than Omega 3. These apparently are the reason for inflammatory reactions, especially during stressful periods. This reaction is especially hightened when you have a fatty acid imbalance. Perhaps this is yet another reason SOME people do well when avoiding certain oil...

A good example of that might be EPO (evening primorose oil). Some people reported improved skin and others said it caused them to breakout. Here's the breakdown on the other EFAs:

[b]GLA[/b] (gamma-linolenic acid) is an Omega 6 and can be found in Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Black Current Seed Oil. - It's supposed to be converted into prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), which acts as an anti-inflammatory.

[b]LA[/b] (linoleic acid) is an Omega 6 and can be found in Borage Oil, Flax and Fish oil.

[b]CLA[/b] (Conjugated linoleic acid) - touted as a fat burner/muscle builder, but this and Chromium were supposed to work wonders for those of us with Skin Diabetes. (found in dairy, beef, poultry, eggs and corn. bacteria can produce this in our stomaches from LA)

[b]Oleic Acid[/b] is an Omega 9 and can be found in Flaxseed, Borage, Fish Oil, and Olive oil. However, our bodies are capable of producing this one.

There's other sources, but for the most part nuts and seeds provide you with Omega-3 and Omega-6.


I've taken plain Fish Oils caps with no problems, but I'm currently taking "Complete EFA" from NSI and it contains Organic Flax, Borage, and Fish Oil....so we shall see. While, I don't know about iodine, but certainly if there is an ingredient in the formula that you don't tolerate well, you should find another formula. With so many sources for these EFAs, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Take care

[This message has been edited by SweetJade1 (edited 06-26-2003).]





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