How are these EFA's I am taking?

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  1. niagareven Blue Belt

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    It has Organic flaxseed oil, borage seed oil, fish oil, gelatin, glycerin, water and mixed tocopherols.

    Per serving:
    Alpha-Linolenic Acid [ALA] (omega-3) 540mg - 600mg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid [DHA] (omega-3) 114mg - 144mg
    Eicosapentaenoic Acid [EPA] (omega-3) 171mg - 216mg
    Gamma-Linolenic Acid [GLA] (omega-6) 250mg - 288mg
    Linoleic Acid (omega-6) 567mg - 630mg
    Oleic Acid (omega-9) 458mg - 600mg

    Are these good, or should I look for something different.
     
  2. Todd Gack Dutch

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    Looks pretty good to me. Are they capsules?
     
  3. Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    9 times out of 10 EFA's are softgels.
     
  4. niagareven Blue Belt

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    Yeah, they're softgels.
     
  5. Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I think you seriously need to up the DHA and EPA (the Omega-3's). That's what's so difficult to get from your diet, anyway.
     
  6. niagareven Blue Belt

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    So should I just look for an only omega-3 supplement and take it in addition to this? or look for another bottle like this, just with more omega 3's in them?
     
  7. Cooz Brown Belt

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    You are roughly getting 1g of omegan-3. You can safely take 5 times that much.

    And a question of my own.

    Do we not get plenty of omega-6 in our diets anyway? Why supplement it?
     
  8. Timbaland Black Belt

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    Thats what I keep hearing is we get enough. I personally use flax seed oil as it has both omega-3 and omega-6, with a lot more omega-3 in it.
     
  9. Cooz Brown Belt

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    Well...omega-6 comes from fats found in meat and such. I don't know if it's just saturated fats or all non-fish based fats period.

    Now in order to get the benefits of Omega-3 you want to build a nice ratio of 3 to 6. It will actually take some time for your body to go through the chemical change to reap the benefits.

    Honestly, I think these companies are selling these omega-6 supplements to cash in on the "omega" name.
     
  10. Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    From WholeHealthMD:

    "Good dietary sources of omega-6 fatty acids include cereals, eggs, poultry, most vegetable oils, whole-grain breads, baked goods, and margarine.

    Interestingly, nutritionists are now finding that omega-6s and omega-3s will only maintain their status as "good" fats when you get relatively balanced amounts of both. Unfortunately, most Western diets today are heavy on omega-6's, often at the expense of omega-3s. This means that, except as an adjunct to certain health conditions, omega-6 supplements are probably not necessary."


    So yeah, ditch the Omega 6 and get a fish oil pill that's exclusively Omega 3. It'll be hjard enough with that to get the right ratio. I use flax in my MRP powder, but that's because an Omega-3 fat isn't yet offered in powder form (that I know of).
     
  11. Cooz Brown Belt

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    From the research I did (which was a decent amount) I found that Costco's Kirkland brand extra strength fish oil had 440mg of omega 3 per pill. 180 pills per box of $11. Best bang for the buck (and suprisingly the strongest dosage per pill).
     
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    From the research I did (which was a decent amount) I found that Costco's Kirkland brand extra strength fish oil had 440mg of omega 3 per pill. 180 pills per box of $11. Best bang for the buck (and suprisingly the strongest dosage per pill).
     
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    Yeah, Kirkland is the best deal.
     
  14. niagareven Blue Belt

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    Wait, would this stuff be per gel? or per serving? A serving is 3 soft gels. So if it's per gel, then I'm getting a lot more of everything than I thought I was.
     
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    make sure it is labeled as "pharmeceutical grade" fish oil. otherwise its most likely not fish oil at all.
     
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    Pills per serving depends on manufacturer. If you read the label it will tell you.

    I don't know about it having to be labeled pharmaceutical grade, but I do know that their oil is quality.
     
  17. Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I don't know why they would be pharmaceutical grade since they're not a pharmaceutical.

    Kirkland has tested out true to weight (better than many name brands).
     
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    True but there are EFA mixes sold in liquid form.
     
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    its tested to meet a standard, and proves what they say is in it actually is. but in reality they could just throw the tag on anyway, does anyone actually look into claims?
     
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    I was in the store and I wanted to buy something to up my omega-3's, so I was looking at flaxseed oils. The one I bought has 6grams per serving. Is this too much to take with my softgels? I also eat salmon a few times a week. Should I cut the serving in half on the flaxseed oil?
     

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