Plant based DHA verses Fish Sources

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    Plant based DHA verses Fish Sources


    Any difference in the DHA from plant sources (flax) verses Fish Oil DHA?

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    Flax doesn't contain DHA that I know of. The only omega-3 that is in flax is ALA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamjoe View Post
    Flax doesn't contain DHA that I know of. The only omega-3 that is in flax is ALA.
    Well the omega-3 from flaxseed is one of the best for human. Actually, it is much better than fish oil. The problem is that Fishs gots the skills to use omega from flaxseed better than us. So the best option is the ""linfish" or ohter name, that's a "blend" of both oils mixed in frozen temperatures. It's what I am using.
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    I would use an animal source over a plant source but that is just me and I am only a natural 230 lbs at 5'8" @ 8% BF and 20 inch arms & calves but what do I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anbes View Post
    Well the omega-3 from flaxseed is one of the best for human. Actually, it is much better than fish oil. The problem is that Fishs gots the skills to use omega from flaxseed better than us. So the best option is the ""linfish" or ohter name, that's a "blend" of both oils mixed in frozen temperatures. It's what I am using.
    Not really, quite the opposite. The human body has a hard time making DHA from ALA, so much of the flax you take is not used at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatingisfun View Post
    Not really, quite the opposite. The human body has a hard time making DHA from ALA, so much of the flax you take is not used at all.
    Correct you are sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatingisfun View Post
    Not really, quite the opposite. The human body has a hard time making DHA from ALA, so much of the flax you take is not used at all.
    That's why mixed oils give better results!
    But what I mean, is that fish oil is not better than flaxseed!!
    Fishes uses that better than us, but the omega 3 source is better from vegetal flaxseed! But as fishes converts it more, it's oil become more useful fore us?
    Did I get my point understand?
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    For human use, fish oil is much more bioavailable than flax oil. ALA -> EPA -> DHA
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    I'd search. There was an excellent thread on krill that argued this one very well.
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    There are big benefits to flax oil, however (just not necessarily for DHA). Since Flax is ALA, your body can use it to create what it needs most- ALA is flexible like that.

    Though it may not end up being exactly what you wanted it to be.
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    We get plenty of omega-6's in our diet. Hence the interest in fish oil (Only contains 3's).

    THat said, Flax taste goooood in shakes and on veggies (finally started eating them LOL) and I found one rich in DHA, hence my thread.

    So............?????
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    Define "rich" in DHA.
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    "BUZZZ" that is the sound for "wrong!!!!". Humans must covert all plant sources so by just using animal sources or FISH sources of EFA we can use hem more efficient and not have to worry about the many factors involved with conversion. Bill Phillips was a great help to our industry but one of the faults he had was generalization. He pushed the Flax/borage oil thing and now that studies have advanced it is proven that animal or fish sources of EFAs are much better absorbed and used by our bodies.

    Look, use flax or borage oil for the cool taste but don't be misconstrued that Flax is better than fish oil.


    One of the best fish oil supplements is Barry Sears Zone Eico Pro but if I remember correctly it costs about $80.00 per month.....



    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 1 teaspoon (5ml)
    Servings Per Container: 45


    Amount
    Per Serving % Daily
    Value*

    Total Calories 40
    Calories From Fat 40
    Total Fat 4 .5g 7%

    Fish Oil Concentrate 5 ml **
    EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 1800 mg **
    DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 900 mg **



    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
    ** Percent Daily Value not established


    Ingredients: EPA/DHA fish oil concentrate, toasted sesame oil concentrate, GLA concentrate, lime flavor, proprietary antioxidant blend (rosemary extract, mixed tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate, citric acid).


    Allergy Alert: This product contains fish ingredients (anchovies, sardines) and soybean oil. This product is processed in a facility which also processes soy, dairy, milk/whey, egg, wheat, and peanut/tree nut products or ingredients



    It is expensive but it is very concentrated.



    ***For a more cost friendly choice I would use Health From the Sea Fish Oil since it is also concentrated but it is not as high potency as Barry's Zone Oil.......

    8 Fl. Oz.
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size1Tsp.(5mL)
    Servings Per Container47

    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

    Calories 40
    Calories From Fat 40
    Total Fat 4.5g 7%*
    Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%*
    Cholesterol 25mg 8%*

    Pure Fish Oil 4360mg †
    Omega-3 EPA (715mg) †
    Omega-3 DHA (470mg) †

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
    † Daily Value not established

    Other Ingredients
    Fish Oil (Sardines And Anchovies), Natural Orange Flavor, Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), And Citric Acid To Protect The Freshness.


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    no offense but unless you have disposable income then spending $80 a month on these various oils seems kind of wasteful IMO, no hate, just saying
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    Quote Originally Posted by zb126 View Post
    no offense but unless you have disposable income then spending $80 a month on these various oils seems kind of wasteful IMO, no hate, just saying
    If you are going for krill oil then that can hit $50 per month.

    Flax - buy whole and grind it yourself. Its cheap.

    Fish oil is also cheap.

    I think oils are the best value supplements around.
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