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Indeed Flaxseed oil and Evening Primrose oil are very beneficial for a variaty of reasons. Of course if you don't like the postive (longer hair and nails) and negative (breakouts) effects then you may want to try taking only those particular fatty acids they contain.

I'm sure you've all done your research and know that Flaxseed contains an Omega 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid) and an Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid), and that EPO, or Black Currant Seed Oil, contains Gamma Linolenic Acid. There are a variety of companies that sells these supplements individually so that you won't have to take 10 pills of flaxseed capsules but only 1 or 2 capsules of the above supplements. Some companies even sell these together, like Udo's Choice.

These fatty acids or polyunsaturated fats are the good kinds and despite what the food pyramid says, certain fats are good for you to increase. However we usually get enough Omega 6s but not enough Omega 3s so these are the kinds you may want to specifically supplement. In fact if you don't like taking pills perhaps these oils might help:

Flaxseed Oil--48% ALA and 16% LA.

Safflower Oil--76% LA,

Sunflower Oil--71% LA,

Corn Oil--57% LA

Soybean Oil--54% LA and 8% ALA

Remember, there are several beneficial fatty acids out there and while balancing them is the optimum ideal, perhaps you might benefit by specifically taking the ones that will help your particular problem (acne, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol, neurolgical disorders, etc). Along with the ones above, others for you to look at are: DHA, EPA, CLA and (Alpha Lipoic Acid-not a fatty acid, but helpful to some).

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