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Old 04-24-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
Lisa Walker
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Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Hi,

I am trying to get my arms around our total daily fat consumption and need some advice on oils as related to Zone/Paleo:

1) Does anyone happen to know if quality suffers with flax seed if you use the capsules versus the liquid? I use the Barlean's liquid on salads, in oatmeal, etc. but my husband really does not like the taste. I'm thinking capsules will be best for him.

For an active male, ecto/meso 6'1", 185 lbs., approx. 15% bodyfat:

2) Approximately how much flax seed oil per day?
3) Approx how much fish oil per day?
4) Is Udo's a better choice in lieu of flax or fish oil and if so how much/day?

For an active female, ecto/meso 5'4", 115 lbs., approx. 10% bodyfat:

5) Approximately how much flax seed oil per day?
6) Approx how much fish oil per day?
7) Is Udo's a better choice in lieu of flax or fish oil and if so how much/day?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this one.

Lisa
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:39 PM   #2
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Re: Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Not familiar with Udo's. Fish oil is far superior to flax oil in essential O-3's. If you're taking fish oil, you really don't need the flax oil.

I'd recommend about 2-3 grams EPA/DHA equivalent per day (it should state how much of each is in your fish oil on the bottle).
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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Re: Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Udo's flaxseed oil blend is a combo of omega's 3, 6, and 9 in a 2:1:1 ratio, respectively. supposedly, this is the best combination of the omega fatty acids.

i've been taking Udo's oil for the past 3 months, but i haven't been on any structured diet. i've just been lifting weights the "conventional" way and eating as many healthy calories as i can. i've recently begun to cut out all grains, beans, and potatoes and am in the process of switching over to the zone (i've also been x-fitting for the past week).

i haven't seen a lot of talk about the other omega fatty acids (6 and 9), just omega 3's. is this all you really need? also, what is the best/highest quality fish oil supplement out there?
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:32 AM   #4
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Re: Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Thank you Toan and Scott for your replies. This is very helpful.

Toan, I wish I had an answer for you on the highest quality fish oil out there. I'm hoping one of the nutrition experts from this site will respond.

Thanks again and have a great weekend!

Lisa
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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Re: Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Lisa,

I take both flax oil and fish oil at the same time. You do not need to take flax if you are already consuming fish oil, but it does not hurt.

1 tablespoon of each product is suffice for the day. I only take liquid form. Go with quality brands like Carlson who remove metals whilst purifying. Spectrum is also good brand name for flax. The key thing is to seek out omega 3 vs 6 and 9. Look for highest amount of serving of EPA and DHA per serving and then compare brands. Carlson tops so far in comparison.
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:32 PM   #6
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Re: Oil Questions (Flax Seed, Fish, Udo's Oil)

Thanks for your feedback, Robert. I really do appreciate it.

Best,

Lisa
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