Omega 3

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alexferguson
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Omega 3

Postby alexferguson » May 4, 2011 9:21 am

I was reading about omega 3 fatty acids and the information I have is that the omega 3 oil obtained from flax seed does not have all the benefits of omega 3 extracted from fish. References I obtained on maxalife,com, which has a very good content on omega 3 explains the diferences. Is there any way of geeting the same benefits using non animal sources?
Thank you
Alex

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Re: Omega 3

Postby Dacite » May 4, 2011 6:45 pm

According to Dr. Frank Sacks, Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, there are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in flaxseed oil, walnuts, and also in green leafy vegetables.
Fortunately, omega-3 is widely available in all greens, especially in spinach, romaine, and arugula. One of the highest levels of omega-3 can be found in purslane, a widespread wild green.
Other great sources of omega-3s are sprouted flax seed, sprouted chia seeds, and flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is the only fat allowed in the diets of cancer patients at the Gerson Institute in San Diego. Charlotte Gerson, the founder of the Gerson Institute, explained that according to their research, flaxseed oil is the only fat that does not promote the growth of cancer cells.

From Raw Family website.

VBryan
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Re: Omega 3

Postby VBryan » May 4, 2011 10:48 pm

It does make me laugh when there is some effort by a “scientist” or “expert” to convince that the only successful or worthwhile source of some essential ingested element comes from an animal like fish or otherwise. It brings images to mind of animals struggling around the Savannas of Africa wilting away because they can’t get their omega 3 from fish.

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Re: Omega 3

Postby Dacite » May 5, 2011 7:39 pm

Yeah, that is true. Omega is all around us :D

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Re: Omega 3

Postby snog » Jul 24, 2012 11:55 am

Well, ya can get the same omega 3 fats that fish eat by taking a couple algae oil capsules. I remember the spirulina rage of years ago. I imagine that food may well have omega 3 fats.

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Re: Omega 3

Postby jlksfd » Dec 7, 2013 12:23 am

I think to get Omega 3 DHA you need to eat algae like spirulina or supplements made with algae. Some of the omega 3s you get from other things are converted to Omega 3 DHA but the conversion isn't efficient or something.

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Re: Omega 3

Postby Hellen19 » Nov 20, 2016 1:40 pm

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important for a number of functions in the body. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are found in seafood, such as fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, and trout) and shellfish (e.g., crab, mussels, and oysters). A different kind of omega-3, called ALA, is found in other foods, including some vegetable oils (e.g., canola and soy). Omega-3s are also available as dietary supplements; for example, fish oil supplements contain EPA and DHA, and flaxseed oil supplements contain ALA. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/omega
Seafoods are rich in omega 3, but if you have an allergic reaction to seafoods, you can replace by wheat germ. https://wikihomenutrition.com/wheat-germ-health-benefits/


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