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cjdavis



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: fish oil Reply with quote

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Chris,
dont know if you read Sear's book but after reading it I rather buy brands tested by Guelph university ..... one of the country leading comprehensive medecine drs , Dr Andrew Weil fish oil brand is also tested at Guelph university ...
I know you posted that you take a lot of fish oil..... maybe you check out this book for fish oil info ....

Yeah, I read the ďZone DietĒ ten years ago and I have most of his work. Sears was one of the first to talk about the whole flax oil conversion rate thing and recommended using performed fish oil for epa and dha. I donít recall his discussions on the toxicity issue though; Iíll have to check it out. Iíve read Dr. Weil as wellÖIím not sure what to think; if there were contaminants in the fish oil products consumerlab.com would have flagged them for sure, perhaps this used to be an issue and the fish oil companies rectified it. Iím not sureÖ.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: fish oil Reply with quote

Chris ,
I am talking about Sears new book - inflammation .... not the old one
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marta



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:48 am    Post subject: omegas3-6-9 as the magic combination Reply with quote

my understanding from a good book called "Fats that can save your life" say that the best thing to do is to balance your omegas 3-6 in rougly a 2:1
ratio. I get mine from flaxseed & borage oil. they include omeg 9
as well as gamma linolenic.
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cjdavis



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: Re: omegas3-6-9 as the magic combination Reply with quote

marta wrote:
my understanding from a good book called "Fats that can save your life" say that the best thing to do is to balance your omegas 3-6 in rougly a 2:1
ratio. I get mine from flaxseed & borage oil. they include omeg 9
as well as gamma linolenic.

Yeah but the ratio recommendations vary considerably from one "expert" to the other. Also I'm not sure, but I think the ratio recommendations refer to the non performed fatty acids like linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid because it would be difficult and dangerous to take in multigram amounts of epa and dha on a daily basis.
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Cookiepls



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been buying an inexpensive brand of fish oil capsules and storing them in my freezer. I also take a vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl) capsule with it. Is taking vitamin E and freezing the fish oil enough to prevent oxydation (free radical formation) of the fish oil?
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all the confusion about fish oils and how safe they are, maybe we should just opt for the advice of Dr. Udo Erasmus(author of "Fats That Heal, And Fat's That Kill"). He says that there are no fish oils that have acceptable levels of contaminants, and he says that his studies show that plant sources of the omega-3s(such as flax oil, walnuts, etc.) are good enough to increase EPA and DHA in the body to sufficient levels. Of course, I'm aware of the fact that he sells his own brand of plant-source omega-3s, but that doesn't necessarily invalidate his advice. Dr. Sears also sells his own brand of fish oil...so who are we to believe? And I would think that Dr. Erasmus could choose to market his own brand of fish oil if he really believed that it would be a better choice. In any case, I recently decided to give fish oil a try(for the first time), and I purchased the one by LEF(Life Extension Foundation). I chose that brand because I think LEF is a reputable organization, and ifosprogram.com gave that brand the highest rating(5 stars), where they gave Dr. Sears brand only 3 stars. Also, as a bonus, the LEF brand contains sesame lignans and olive oil polyphenols, both of which Dr. Sears recommends (in his Anti-Inflammation Zone) as effective supplements to combat inflammation. Dr. Perricone also recommneds those supplements also to combat inflammation. And the LEF claims that sesame lignans enhance the effectiveness of fish oil omega-3s. Also the LEF brand comes from small fish like sardines and anchovies that are at the lower end of the food chain, thus making them lower in pollutants to begin with. And the LEF brand also has mixed tocopherols added, which is good since fish oil is prone to oxidation. So if you choose any fish oil, I would suggest that you go for the LEF brand. Whether it's totally safe or not(or whether any fish oil is totally safe), we can't be sure. I guess all we can go by for now is the Canadian group on ifosprogram.com.

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Lucy



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I eat plenty of our ' homegrown' tasmanian salmon and blueberries, it keeps my skin in great condition.
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violinist1225



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Olive oil has omega 3 also Reply with quote

Olive oil delivers a great amount of omega 3's for anyone who is concerned with the mercury levels in fish.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, olive oil is not a rich source of omega 3. It is a rich source of monounsaturated fat (omega 9, mostly), which has its own benefits.
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gunnaknow



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done much research on fish oils in the past. It is important that you use a fish oil that has been flushed with nitrogen, or some other inert gas. This rids the oil of oxygen before and during packaging, which stops the formation of peroxides and stops the oil from becoming rancid.

The two that I highly recommend are Nordic Naturals and Nutrasea. They are both nitogen flushed, are highly concentrated and refined and are very competively priced. They have both won the Alive Award for essential fatty acids category. Two years in a row for Nutrasea. I have used both and their liquid fish oils taste excellent. No fishy taste, just light and fruity. Nutrasea also has the addition of thyme oil and rosemary extract, which are powerful lipid antioxidants that keep fats free from peroxides and other free radicals. It also has ascorbyl palmitate, which is a fat soluble form of ascorbic acid, which also protects lipids from oxidation.

Carlson's is pretty good too. Excellent processing techniques and pricing. If I had to choose one fish oil, it would be Nutrasea, closely followed by Nordic Naturals Arctic cod liver oil and Carlson's. There are a couple of other very high quality fish oils out there but they are are lacking in one key field. Competitive pricing.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God, I've only just noticed how old this thread is. Anyway, I suggest that you read these links with regards to contaminants in fish oil. Ofcourse it isn't just contaminant levels that are important when choosing a fish oil.

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentid=4362

http://www.oceansalive.org/eat.cfm?subnav=fishoil&sort=Rating
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread is getting too long. I'm locking it. Please start a new one if inerested in further discussion.
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