CLA & Flax Seed Oil

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    Apr 13, 2007 6:20 PM GMT
    Hello again...

    I was hoping some could give me some insight on CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and flax seed oil. I gathered some if not many of you may take it.

    I currently take 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil a day and 2 CLA pills (by EAS) 3x's a day.

    I decided to take on the CLA pills because with my line of work (active) I put my mucles through some tough times on a daily basis for hours with no break for them really. As for the flax seed oil, as far as I've understood it, it's just a healthy addition to most peoples diets.

    Thanks, sorry for the sudden influx of posts from me.

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    Apr 13, 2007 9:03 PM GMT
    I can't speak to your question re: CLA...though I do know that FLAX seen is so powerful you could survive on it alone and natually some water. It is a powerful source of omeg-3 and your muscles love it.

    I have eaten flax seed for breakfast every morning for the last 5 years. I use a coffee grinder to grind the flax seed and mix with O.J. It's not "fruitloops", but you can not beat o'natural! I also know that what I'm putting in my mouth is REAL..I don't trust too many things that are people-made.
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    Apr 13, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    I haven't heard about CLA either, but flax seed is a definite yes. One of RealJock.com's nutrition experts highly recommends it. Grind the seeds yourself (I like the taste) or take it in liquid form, but avoid the pills: Supplements Report

    From the article:
    Flaxseed oil, rich in alpha-linolenic (ALA), the essential omega-3 fatty acid, and phytochemicals, makes a good addition to a healthful diet," says H.K. Jones, a registered dietitian and nutrition professional based in Washington, DC. "Research suggests ALA helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer." The body also converts omega-3 fatty acids into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which play a prominent role in reducing inflammation such as the joint inflammation caused by sports injuries. Choose a flax-seed supplement that has high lignan content (usually found in a dark glass bottle) from the refrigerator section of your grocer or heath food store. Pills are not as potent, and the heating process used to generate the pill may affect their properties. Consume one to two tablespoons per day, as salad dressing, in protein shakes, or in oatmeal.
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    Apr 14, 2007 1:24 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone....

    Ahhh, no worries about the CLA then.

    As for the flax seed oil...I don't grind my own, though I could. I'm pretty hooked on the fact that I can just buy the bottle and take to tablespoons with my breakfast and lunch.

    I've never had the pills thankfully, though at the risk of sounding lazy (blush) instead of searching and reading up a bit more....is there more to gain from using the actual seeds then there is using the refrig. bottle (available at V. shoppe)?

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    Apr 14, 2007 3:08 AM GMT
    Raw flax seed is cyanogenic (it releases cyanide when digested), so it's a good idea to limit consumption of raw flax seed to two tablespoons a day. Cooking, however, neutralizes the cyanogenic properties. This is not an issue with flax seed oil.

    As for the Omega 3 in flax seed oil, it is in the short-chain ALA form that is not immediately usable by the body, and conversion to the bioactive long-chain forms is very inefficient at best. The long-chain DHA and EPA in fish or krill oil is vastly superior to flax seed oil.
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    Apr 16, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    Hi Guys:

    I take both.

    Instead of me rambling on about why, here are two good articles from the Life Extension Foundation on CLA.

    If you need a trustworthy place to find out more about supplements, my opinion is that the LEF is tops...you can learn a lot from them...

    http://search.lef.org/cgi-src-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=0&page_id=551&query=cla&hiword=cla

    http://search.lef.org/cgi-src-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=0&page_id=4819&query=cla&hiword=cla

    Peace

    Michael
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    Apr 17, 2007 10:10 PM GMT
    Ever since consuming Flax Oil in abundance, I have noticed a drop in my fat percentage. I add it to my Muscle Milk, and find it speeds up my metabolism...