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vaseadude

I am having electrical spasms throughout my body and also in my brain. Not sure if they're also called brain zaps? But I heard that supplementing with Omega 3 might help.

Also, correct me if I am wrong, but I heard that adding omega 3 in withdrawal is safe.

 

So, I have two options - buy fish oil or ground flax seeds. Which one would you recommend?

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Altostrata

Fish oil. Our bodies more readily convert omega-3 from animal sources.

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Skyler

Fish oil. Our bodies more readily convert omega-3 from animal sources.

 

Hmmm, good to know. I ditched flax seed as too much of a hassle, and went with an omega-3 supplement and salmon.

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vaseadude

Is it true that taking Fish Oil depletes the body of vitamin E, so taking additional vit E supplements is needed? If so, is there no interaction or is it safe to take vit E in withdrawal?

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alexjuice

Flax seeds also, for me, were too stimulating early in w/d.

 

Fish oil, if tolerable, is a supp I'd recommend. It's seemed to have helped me in a couple ways.

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Nikki

What is the difference.

 

 

Hugs

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Altostrata

Nikki, I moved your question here.

 

The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed are in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (often abbreviated "ALA"). This type of omega-3 fatty acid needs more processing by our bodies to get changed into DHA.

 

You have to consume a lot of flaxseed or flaxseed oil to get the same benefit as fish oil.

 

Chia seeds rather than flaxseed are actually the best source of ALA.

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alexjuice

Fish oil, according to everyone I've read. For non-medicinal purposes I've also read arguments that eating fish (particularly sardines and west-coast salmon) is better than the capsules.

 

There have been a large number of studies, some using supplements, some fish, some “advice” which is usually to eat fish.

 

Evaluating these studies is complex, because omega-3s that have not gone rancid are health-improving for almost everyone on modern diets. Supplements provide a mix of non-rancid and rancid fish oil, so a mix of benefits and toxicity. Depending on how fresh they are, they could produce benefits or harm.

 

The nice thing about the Burr et al study is that it compared fish to fish oil supplements head-to-head in a realistic setting.

 

I think it confirms what we should expect from basic chemistry and biology. Chemically fragile oils in capsules are likely to go rancid after months on a shelf, and are not likely to be as healthy as the oils in a freshly-killed fish.

 

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/06/fish-not-fish-oil-capsules/

 

I think the takeaway is :

 

omega-3s that have not gone rancid are health-improving for almost everyone on modern diets.

 

I eat fish. I also take fish oil capsules but not religiously since I eat so much fish.

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Nikki

Thanks Alto and Alex...

 

Do you refrigerate your Fish Oil?

 

Do you use Pharmaceutical Grade/Mercury free?

 

Flaxseed Oil was recommended for me years ago for breast cysts and it works in reducing them and the tenderness they may cause.

 

Soooooo...I can swap out Flax for Fish Oil???

 

Hugs

 

PS Alto at what time of the day do you take Magnesium?????

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Altostrata

I do refrigerate fish oil, and any other oil-based supplements.

 

It's important to get "micronized" or purified fish oil to remove contaminants.

 

I don't know if fish oil will help breast cysts.

 

I take magnesium at night before going to bed, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, with more fish oil.

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Christiana

Just wondering...

 

Which is better to take...

 

A Combination of Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids OR Fish Oil?

 

I remember reading somewhere, from what I understand, that when you take the Omega Fatty Acids they should be in a certain ratio to one another.  Also, you shouldn't just take one, but all three.

 

I know Fish Oil is good to take, if you can tolerate it.

 

I'd like to know your thoughts about what I said, concerning how you should take the Omega Fatty Acids, as well as whether you think it's better to take them or Fish Oil.

 

Is there a benefit to taking one vs. the other or are they basically the same?

 

I know Fish Oil can be stimulating to some and have ingested the Omega Fatty Acids, without having any issues, but haven't tried taking any Fish Oil yet.

 

I just wanted to get your input, before I decide what to do.  Of course, I'll take a very low starting dose, no matter what I decide, just to be on the safe side.

 

I sincerely appreciate any help you can provide.

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Altostrata

You already get an immense amount of omega-6 fatty acids from the vegetable oils that are present in many foods and in cooking.You do not need to supplement omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Omega-3 (fish oil) needs supplementation. See http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401214/Need-Omega-9-Fatty-Acid.html

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corrected omegas

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Iggy131313

Alto, sorry, did you get omega 3 and 6 mixed up? I thought omega 3 was the one we needed to suppliment? or am I doing it wrong?

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GiaK

yes...she got it mixed up...fish oil is Omega 3 :)

 

we actually get far too much Omega 6 in particular and it's best to cut down on high sources of Omega 6

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Altostrata

Corrected the omegas, thanks!

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Christiana

Many thanks to all of you for the info and clarification!

 

I read quite a bit of the info in the pinned post about fish oil.  I was already confused and it just confused me even more.

 

Thanks again!

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Nikki

Anyone know the difference between Flaxseed Oil and the other oils out there in relation to breast health?

 

Years ago from a Mammogram and U/S I discovered I have two cysts in left breast, Radiologist said to take Flaxseed Oil.

When I take it regularly the cysts shrink and/or are not visible.

 

Last year they found another one in Right breast.  My friend asked me if I was taking Flaxseed and I realized I had not been taking it at all.

 

What would be the best oils for cysts and how much to take.  The flaxseed is 1000mgs.

 

Thanks

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myndfull

I don't know if this is the right place for this subject; please move if not.

 

I've taken fish oil in the past and not had any--or any noticeable--effect/affect on health/mood. I stopped taking fish oil about two years ago after taking it for about two years.

 

But I've recently begun taking hemp seed oil and I've noticed an interesting difference--a positive one. Since taking hemp seed oil (one tablespoon of the refrigerated oil) I seem to have more emotional stability. There seems to be a "ceiling" to my anxiety/panic. I can more easily talk myself down from--or away from--w/d feelings. I can rationalize how I feel with more...acuity(?). I can find my "center." ( I should say that I've recently stabilized my taper, so my w/d symptoms have lessened; they were bad two months or so ago when I foolishly dropped 16% in one month). 

 

Hemp seed oil has everything fish oil does except the PCB's, etc. It's sustainably--and organically--produced; most of the products come from Canada, though hemp is being grown in the U.S. now and I've read it is finding markets/uses (I'm thinking of investing in this new industry).

 

Hemp is the cannabis plant that's grown for its fiber--it makes a good rope. It also makes durable textiles. You can construct homes/buildings out the stuff! 

 

I am not referring to the "other" cannabis, the plant that produces flowers that contain high amounts of THC, along with CBD, CBN--etc. I've also had plenty of experiences that wonderful plant. That plant treats symptoms (of anxiety/depression, etc.). Hemp seed oil isn't treating anything, it seems to me. It's giving me something which my body needs for health--a true supplement.

 

Hemp seed oil has no THC and little CBD. But is has lots of Omega 3 and 6 in better ratios than just about any other source (it also contains other "stuff" I don't know much about). You can get it in capsules, or directly from a bottle (which has to be refrigerated). It tastes good.

 

My questions: Has anyone else tried this product and what, if any, were its effects? Does anyone know of any online scientific resources for hemp seed oil that don't come from shysters trying to sell product? I know there's info out there on the depression-lessening effects of fish oil, but I'm interested to finding specific data/info on hemp seed oil.

 

There's very little info on our site here about hemp seed oil, yet I think it's a product/substance which may have great benefits for all of us.

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lilly17

I see this is an older post but I wanted to respond because I just started taking hemp oil (Charlotte's Web is the specific brand name). I find that it helps reduce anxiety and I notice a slight decrease in my chronic headaches. I have read that it can take up to a month for the full benefits to take affect so I am hoping my headache pain will be reduced even further. I'm wondering if you are still taking the oil and if so is it still working to reduce your anxiety?  I believe anxiety is the key trigger of my migraines. 

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SouthernFreeze
On 7/9/2017 at 3:28 AM, myndfull said:

I don't know if this is the right place for this subject; please move if not.

 

I've taken fish oil in the past and not had any--or any noticeable--effect/affect on health/mood. I stopped taking fish oil about two years ago after taking it for about two years.

 

But I've recently begun taking hemp seed oil and I've noticed an interesting difference--a positive one. Since taking hemp seed oil (one tablespoon of the refrigerated oil) I seem to have more emotional stability. There seems to be a "ceiling" to my anxiety/panic. I can more easily talk myself down from--or away from--w/d feelings. I can rationalize how I feel with more...acuity(?). I can find my "center." ( I should say that I've recently stabilized my taper, so my w/d symptoms have lessened; they were bad two months or so ago when I foolishly dropped 16% in one month). 

 

Hemp seed oil has everything fish oil does except the PCB's, etc. It's sustainably--and organically--produced; most of the products come from Canada, though hemp is being grown in the U.S. now and I've read it is finding markets/uses (I'm thinking of investing in this new industry).

 

Hemp is the cannabis plant that's grown for its fiber--it makes a good rope. It also makes durable textiles. You can construct homes/buildings out the stuff! 

 

I am not referring to the "other" cannabis, the plant that produces flowers that contain high amounts of THC, along with CBD, CBN--etc. I've also had plenty of experiences that wonderful plant. That plant treats symptoms (of anxiety/depression, etc.). Hemp seed oil isn't treating anything, it seems to me. It's giving me something which my body needs for health--a true supplement.

 

Hemp seed oil has no THC and little CBD. But is has lots of Omega 3 and 6 in better ratios than just about any other source (it also contains other "stuff" I don't know much about). You can get it in capsules, or directly from a bottle (which has to be refrigerated). It tastes good.

 

My questions: Has anyone else tried this product and what, if any, were its effects? Does anyone know of any online scientific resources for hemp seed oil that don't come from shysters trying to sell product? I know there's info out there on the depression-lessening effects of fish oil, but I'm interested to finding specific data/info on hemp seed oil.

 

There's very little info on our site here about hemp seed oil, yet I think it's a product/substance which may have great benefits for all of us.

I don't think there has been much research on the effects hemp oil has on brain health (even three years later) but it would be interesting to know. Everything I can find says it is great for your brain.... maybe. 

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hayduke

I can't take the fish oil because it makes me physically sick.

 

To get Omega 3/6 during WDs, I've been making bowls of yoghurt with 2 shots of hemp seeds, 2 shots chia seeds, 2 shots linseed a.k.a flax, and whatever fresh fruit is kicking around.

 

It really does seem to help.

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Patti2057

I have seen in a few posts that mention Omega supplementation the numbers 3:6:9    What does that refer to?  Thank you!

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Altostrata

@Patti2057 when you have a general question like this, please use search or use Google to answer it.

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Patti2057

Oh ok, sorry 😐 

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