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Fitness and Training => General Fitness => Diet => Topic started by: Eric Kropp on September 27, 2006, 02:58:50 PM

Title: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: Eric Kropp on September 27, 2006, 02:58:50 PM
My dad takes them often.  Would it be a good thing for me to take as well?  I know it has a lot of Omega 3 which is really goog for you.
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: FireFly on September 27, 2006, 04:06:50 PM
I don't think it's a good idea to take any capsules, because you already get enough that you don't need any supplements (i.e. the capsules). The reason as to why your dad may take them is because he doesn't have enough Omega 3 in his body (or at least that's why my dad takes calcium supplements).
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: Travis Graves on September 27, 2006, 04:54:54 PM
I just put flax seeds on my cereal. They're pretty good.
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: Kaliastrih on September 27, 2006, 05:22:17 PM
I used to mix them with OJ, pretty good too.
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: grrlreloaded on September 27, 2006, 06:08:32 PM
If you want to make sure you're getting enough omega 3, you could take capsules, or you could eat more of the following: flax seeds, walnuts, fish, soy, winter squashes (like pumpkin, etc...)

And if you're going to do that, you might as well look into omega 6 as well ... a quick internet search mentioned a recommended ratio of 3:1 or 5:1 (omega 6 to omega 3).  Sources of omega 6 include whole grains, vegetable oils, eggs, poultry.

Your body can create omega 9, so don't worry about that one.  ;)
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: Kaliastrih on September 27, 2006, 07:57:01 PM
What is Omega 3/6 for though? I mixed flax seeds with juice mainly cuz my sister said it was good for you, but I never really knew the actual reason.
Title: Re: Flax Seed Capsules
Post by: Gearsighted on September 28, 2006, 03:06:48 PM
Flax seeds and flax oil is not optimum. I would suggest a good fish oil supplement as essential for every single person. The problem with flax is that the composition of the fatty acids require that they be broken down and resynthesized into DHA and EPA, which are the two essential fatty acids that you're looking for. This is an issue because your body isn't that great at this process, so you are getting far less total "good fats" than you would otherwise. Also, research is beginning to show that consumption of the shorter chain n-3 FA's can actually up regulate the inflamatory effects that you are trying to reduce through Omega-3 consumption in the first place, which seems to suggest that flax-oil does even less good than it would otherwise with its shoddy fatty-acid profile.