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Another excuse to eat sushi (salmon and tuna are great for omega 3 fatty acids)
I just found this on Google Questions... please understand that I do not know the qualifications of the person who answered the question. I appreciated the insight however.The ratio of EPA to DHA really depends on what you are using the omega 3 for.
If you are after an omega 3 supplement just to complement your diet
(ie you dont eat 2 serves of fish per week) then you are looking at
1.5 EPA to every DHA.
If you are using omega 3 to improve joint health (ie arthritis) then
the ratio is 4.5EPA:1DHA.
Omega three to improve heart health then the ratio is 2EPA:1DHA
Omega three to assist brain performance then the ratio is 1EPA:5DHA
hope this helps?
http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com...-evening-primrose-gla-omega-6-fatty-acid-673/... If anyone can elaborate on Borage Oil's Omega 6 in relation to what I sparsely described above, I'm all ears.
http://v.mercola.com/QA/Are-You-Taking-the-Right-Type-of-Omega-3-Fats--3487.aspxIn the plant-based omega-3's, there is a lower level, 18-carbon fatty acid called ALA, alpha linolenic acid, that provides the source of omega-3 fats. But in the animal-based type, you have higher levels, which is the 20-carbon chain, EPA, and the 22-carbon chain, DHA. The DHA is the one that's primarily in our brains, and you really need quite a bit of it.
You'll run into problems if you supplement exclusively with DHA or EPA. You really need the whole spectrum of fatty acids because each are important. Your body requires all of them.
Let's cover some of the basics. If you use only plant-based, 18-carbon fatty acid, then your body has to upregulate, or convert, those into EPA. If you happen to have conditions associated with high insulin levels, the enzyme needed for this conversion is impaired, thereby inhibiting optimal conversion of fatty acids; probably less than 1-2% will be converted to the higher order fats like EPA and DHA. So, be careful about this.
How do you know if you have high insulin levels? Well, there are conditions that are typically associated with elevated insulin, such as overweight, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or diabetes, and about 85% of our population have these. So, make sure that you get animal-based omega-3 fats.
lol... I just re-read that. The great majority of the 85% that match those factors *are* the animal eaters...How do you know if you have high insulin levels? Well, there are conditions that are typically associated with elevated insulin, such as overweight, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or diabetes, and about 85% of our population have these. So, make sure that you get animal-based omega-3 fats.
Homeopathic Practitioners and Prescibing Doctors lock horns about coupling Homeopathic Treatments with pharmacutical prescriptions. Omega 3 is sometimes used in Homeopathic Treatment and I've believe caution is advised when it is used, coupled, with certain medications. I'm lacking sophisticated jargon so this is a question simply put. For all the talk about benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids as it relates to Epilepsy, should it be further explored, here, regarding its relationship to prescribed medications? I take my Flaxseed Oil every morning. Two years now, and am not in panic. Just curious.
Can Fish Oils Supplements Treat Epilepsy?The news in favor of fish oil supplements is out: polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, found in abundance in fish oil, can be beneficial in the treatment of nearly every illness, especially neurological, cognitive, and psychological disorders. These essential fatty acids are some of the most important building-blocks for our brains, and neurons are much more likely to misfire in the event of omega-3 deficiency. Because of the many discoveries relating omega-3 fats to improved brain function, it's no wonder that many people with epilepsy are turning to fish oil as a natural cure for their ailment.
From the Blaylock Wellness Report March 2009Flaxseed oil is an omega-3 oil, but it must be
metabolized by special enzymes to form EPA and
DHA. The very young, the elderly, and those with
chronic illness have a deficiency in these enzymes.
In these cases, a high intake of flaxseed oil can be
harmful. Even healthy, young people have difficulty
converting flaxseed to the beneficial oils. Lecithins
from soy are less of a problem since most of soy
contaminants, such as the high manganese and
fluoride, as well as the isoflavones, are removed.