So can somebody please explain this recent Omega-3 fad??

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    Nov 27, 2007 1:31 AM GMT
    I bought it and I take it... I don't even know why, it's just what other fitness freaks told me to do, so I did and I have been taking it for a month, etc.

    Now what all does it do and how long does it take to start taking effect, etc.

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    Nov 27, 2007 3:38 AM GMT
    Omega-3 (and Omega-6) are called essential fatty acids. Your body cannot produce them, and so must get them from the environment like vitamins. The omega FA's are important for growth and proper functioning of the body, supporting dermal integrity, renal function among other things. They also function in the immune system by controlling inflammatory mediators like Leukotrienes, Prostaglandins, etc. Omega-3;s have been shown to produce more anti-inflammatory mediators, and are converted to inflammatory mediators much slower. Omega-6 FA are converted much quicker, thus are more pro-inflammatory, but also have a greater benefit for the other systems. A good balance of the two is the best, with omega-3 more than omega-6.

    I'm sure there is more, but its late and I don't want to get out my notes from class.
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    Nov 27, 2007 3:42 AM GMT
    They're being added to a lot of common products already if you look for the packaging, although some in such small amounts it's only for show. Fish like salmon are natural sources. Someone correct me, but I think I read that Farm-raised salmon tends to have higher concentrations of Omega 3 FAs than wild caught, but farm raised also have a lot more traces of mercury and some other contaminants.
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    Nov 27, 2007 3:48 AM GMT
    Flaxseed is also a good source of Omega-3s for you vegetarian/vegans out there.
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    Nov 27, 2007 5:39 AM GMT
    I take them to lower my trigylcerides and they work very well.
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    Nov 27, 2007 6:21 AM GMT

    That's the other way around. Wild-caught salmon have more omega-3s than farm salmon. Farmed salmon also have higher levels of pesticides and pollutants in them, though I'm not sure how concentrated that is. Wild-caught salmon is the way to go.
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    Nov 27, 2007 8:14 AM GMT
    so how long/often do you have to take it for it to start working.. does anyone know?

    thanks again
  • Hunter9

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    Nov 27, 2007 8:29 AM GMT
    i dont think that they ever begin "working" per se... its just that it improves overall bodily functions... its unlikely to be that noticeable, but from what ive read, it does seem to be a good investment in your body

    btw Runyon is played out, how do you get to griffith park to run thru the hills?
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    Nov 27, 2007 8:56 AM GMT

    As Hunter said, there's no time that it actually "starts working," because, from what I've read, Omega-3s just generally improve body function by lowering bad cholesterol, improving heart function, and acting as anti-oxidants. Omega-3s are something that you should include as part of a lifelong habit. I'm not sure why you would be taking them in pill form when you can just as easily (and more enjoyably) get them from eating a diet rich in wild seafood, whole grains, and farm-fresh eggs.
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    Nov 27, 2007 11:02 AM GMT
    'Elliot is nine years old. A year ago, he was falling behind in his schoolwork, particularly reading – which he found a struggle. He had little interest in studying and would crash on the sofa to watch TV when he got home from school.

    But over the past year, a dramatic change has taken place in Elliot. He has soared through the Harry Potter books and now heads to the library after the school bell has sounded.

    Elliot has been taking part in a scientific study on more than 100 children from 12 Durham schools. The children were required to take a course of capsules with their meals for the duration of six months.

    “His reading jumped 18 months [over the trial period]. He’s just a lot more interested in everything. He’s even developed an interest in classical music,” says Sheila, Elliot’s mother.' and nature

    there are many studies showing the amazing effects of omega 3 on adhd kids aswell.
  • Laurence

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    Nov 27, 2007 11:14 AM GMT
    I think like most vitamins they are an essential part to a healthy diet.

    If you eat some oily fish (tuna, mackarel etc) in your weekly diet, then you are unlikely to need extra to get the omega 3 you need.

    Children need extra vitamins for growth and are less likely to eat healthily, thats why the study dak mentions above shows good results.

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    Nov 27, 2007 1:48 PM GMT
    Trojan... I was in the same boat, though i NOW know why i certainly cant explain it. I'm not scietific like that.

    BUT if you take it... I sure as hell will in an attempt to be as cute as you icon_twisted.gif he he he he he he jk (WELL u are CUTE but i know eating fish guts won't make ME cute)
  • UStriathlete

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    Nov 27, 2007 3:16 PM GMT
    here are some good websites that explain omega 3's. nordic naturals

    everyone can benefit from fish oils. the fish oil is better than flax, the fish already breaks down the oil into DHA and EPA. as humans, we are only able to break down 20% of flax.

    in a perfect world if we ate fish 3-7 days a week, then supplementation wouldn't be necessary. for athlete's, the more you train the more you need omega 3's. great for inflammation, mental well being and cardiovascular.

    as with most, liquid is more bio available. I take any where from 1-2 tbs a day for light training 5-15 hr/wk to 3-5 tbs with 16-25+ hr/wk training.

    being in the nutrition business for 10+ yrs. omega 3's isn't a fad by any means. it's the american diet/lifestyle that is finally catching up to most everyone as being responsible for many illnesses/diseases.
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    Nov 27, 2007 5:44 PM GMT
    The National Institute of Health recommends 4 grams of Omega 3s on a 2,000 calorie diet daily (there is no official RDA), and just two teaspoons of flaxseed oil added to a protein shake or other drink/food will give you 5 grams.

    As mentioned before, fatty fish are also a good source of O-3s, but a 3 ounce serving of salmon only contains between 0.68-1.83 grams.

    Flaxseed oil is the way to go ;)
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    Nov 27, 2007 7:28 PM GMT
    hey the easiest way to get there if ur in the hollywood area or basically if ur just not in the valley is to just take Vermont Ave north all the way and just follow the signs to the observatory

    you have to park about .5 miles downhill from the actual observatory for whatever reason but if you're into running hills it's a nice tree lined walk/jog anyway and a good warm up for when you actually get to the top which is all desert and no trees (but that's how I like to run hills)

    lemme know if that makes sense
  • esputniko

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    Nov 27, 2007 8:16 PM GMT
    I have to remark some misconceptions:

    - A high Omega-3/Omega-6 balance is good to decrease the inflammation; but it's just necessary for people who has autoimmune diseases such as arthitis or bursitis, to decrease the NSAID intake because of it's long-time side effects, and I think you don't have this kinda problems.

    - On the other hand, a low Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio can help you to reduce your LDL-Colesterol (Bad colesterol), although it's pro-inflammatory.

    I do agree with UStriathlete, everybody’s supposed to be healthy if a balanced diet is taken. Actually, in the US there are more or less 70 million of people (23% of its population) that have some inflammation autoimmune disease, despite being a kind of unhealth avoidable by having a healthy diet, with fruit, vegetables, olive oil, nuts and, overall, fish, which provide us the essential ω-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, carotenoids and other anti-inflammatory substances. If you wanna be healthy, just have a good diet. Remember that we are what we eat!

    I think you might go to a doctor or a dietist to get some advice about it, because nobody can trust what other fitness freaks tell us, including me. icon_razz.gif
    (I'm not Doctor yet)

    Take care!
  • UStriathlete

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    Nov 28, 2007 4:11 AM GMT
    settle...flax is not the way to go.

    salmon is definitely more bio availabe. like i said fish has already broken down the omega 3 into DHA and EPA. we as humans are only 20% efficient at doing that.

    you have take a lot of flax to even come close to the DHA and EPA of fish oil..

    any good nutritionists and RD will tell you the same.
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    Nov 28, 2007 4:50 AM GMT
    You can also go east on Franklin and hang a left on Beachwood Dr. and follow it all the way up. You can't get lost because the Hollywood sign is right in front of you.

    Fish oil is essential for men. Start taking the supp now and when you're 60, you'll be thanking God every minute, of every day, you did!
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    Dec 02, 2007 5:36 PM GMT
    hi trojan!!
    well hmm since u ask abt Omega -3 congrates you ask the right boi here, the one since i'm a pharmacy

    well it helps you regulate your blood circulation, increases the breakdown of fibrin, a compound involved in clot and scar formation also because as you work out more your heart also do work out and it starts to slow down the process of sending blood to your brain in a way the systolic and diastolic is way wrong if u over work.
    you can say it helps you with depression and anxiety also heart dieases like coronary heart diease what cause this dieases is actually
    smoking; aging; hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes; stroke.

    as we men grow older we tend to be at risk of having this problem
    also it can be considered to help you in a way another scape-goat to burn your fats instead of the one in the body.
    hahaha hope its not too much information overload