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  • #16
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    @SeanBissell - It's complicated. Fish oils can contain as many as 25 different fatty acids, including saturated & unsaturated fats. There is some omega-6, but not much...fish oil is heaviest in omega-3.


    If you really want to know, here's a paper that did a complete analysis of oil from 2 different fish:

    http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/chem/...13-0105-11.pdf

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    • #17
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      I take 1g most days, but I have noticed that I bruise easily.

      Only a slight change from pre-omega-3 bruising though!


      My bottle says that out of this 1g, 330mg is EPA and 220mg is DHA.

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      • #18
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        nina_70,


        Thanks for the link. That burns my brain!


        25 new fats to know about?


        Not today


        I think I need to bump up my fish oil though...


        Mmmmmm fishy.

        -Sean

        www.SeanBissell.com

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        • #19
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          It's not the dose of the capsule, it's the amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (doh!) A large capsule might not have so much of the good stuff.


          My capsules(two) are 1.76 of "Fish Body Oil Concentrate" with 870 mg of O-3, EPA 520mg and DHA 350mg.


          I take at least a double dose a day and sometimes more. That's 1.74 grams O-3, a nice but room for more addition to my diet.

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          • #20
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            I take a spoon of plain cod liver oil (SeaCod brand). 5ml will possibly contain at least 4gm of oil. It contains about 800mg of EPA+DHA.


            I am thinking of bumping it to two spoons a day.


            It also contains about 5000IU of vitamin A and 600IU of D3 per spoon (assuming 4g). I also live in India, so I get some Vitamin D3 straight from the source. With two spoons, I will have enough A, and half of Vitamin D3 requirement.


            I avoid almost all sources of O6, including nuts. Except for occasional Cashews, and sweets.

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            • #21
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              Anand, that's interesting that you say you take only CLO. Infact, Sally Fallon of WAPF does not recommend taking fish oil pills. She recommends taking CLO, particularly fermented, instead.

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              • #22
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                I use what I can get. In India its difficult to get any brand of CLO other than SeaCod. There are some capsules for O3, but I think CLO is much better than concentrated O3 capsules, because it is natural stuff. It contains other things beside O3. I might have tried other fish oils, if they were available, but probably would have gone for the cheapest ;-).


                Women probably would do good on simple mustard oil as well, as they convert some ALA to EPA and DHA. My wife has good HDL level of 59. I have only 31 :-(. Could it be that I am not having enough EPA?

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                • #23
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                  Are you getting enough fats: eggs, butter, meat?

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                  • #24
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                    " Sally Fallon of WAPF does not recommend taking fish oil pills. She recommends taking CLO, particularly fermented, instead."


                    "There are some capsules for O3, but I think CLO is much better than concentrated O3 capsules, because it is natural stuff."


                    So what's in the pills if not natural oils?


                    Frankly, I rather like not getting O3, A, and D, all in the same supplement. Sure, good for most of humanity, but I'd rather do them separately.

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                    • #25
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                      OTB the entire weston price foundation seems to endorse CLO over pretty much any other supplement... Im actually thinking about switching from fish to cod oil, but like you I don't want the added D/A.

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                      • #26
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                        @maba

                        I eat about 2-3 eggs everyday. Get some mutton, and a lot ghee. We are going through a Kg in a week. I am sure I would be getting more than half of it.

                        Yes I am eating less meat, that I probably should, and eat more carbs than I probably should, but it couldn't be that. Kitavans were also in the same boat but they probably got much more fish.


                        I also seem to remember that EPA has a bearing on HDL. So that could be a possibility. I am probably having too little fish oil. So I am doubling it. If there is no impact then I will have to think of something else. CLO cannot be increased further without getting too much Vitamin A.

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                        • #27
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                          The last year or so I've been pretty consistent with my fish oil supplements. In the winter I switch to cod liver oil for the extra vit a + d boost. I still take a separate vit d supp but I figure when its the time of year when its dark when I leave to go to uni and dark when I come back home, I could use a little extra.


                          I read somewhere to go for 'cholesterol free' CLO, not for the cholesterol itself, but to ensure its relatively pollutant free (apparently the toxins hug onto the cholesterol molecules). I haven't seen any supps in the UK that says that on the tub/bottle, but I guess another benefit of changing supps is I'd be minimising the risk (if any?) of any small toxins building up because I'm switching sources.

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                          • #28
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                            stevew, I think you are worrying WAY too much. Rotating potential toxins and all......

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                            • #29
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                              I'm undecided about the whole CLO versus fish oil discussion. Have read all the benefits from Western Price & have also seen opposing points of view (specifically centered around the delicate balance between A & D vitamins...). At the moment we're taking a mix...fermented cod liver oil in AM and krill oil or regular fish oil in PM,.

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                              • #30
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                                OTB, I dont worry at all, it could just be a plus and happened to be mentioned in something I've read recently.

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