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Re: Omega 3 Fatty Acid-- flax vs. fish oil

Posted by Elizabeth on July 29, 1999, at 23:50:25

In reply to Re: Omega 3 Fatty Acid-- flax vs. fish oil, posted by Morc on July 29, 1999, at 14:25:29

> > Any information on efficacy and dosage of flax seed oil
> > to treat BP II? fish oil also contains Omega 3, but tastes
> > awful
> You can get omega 3 as DHA in capsules to avoid the bad taste.

The capsules contain so little omega-3's that you'd have to take about a zillion of them per day in order to get much out of it. (There is one brand that has 600mg EPA/pill (don't remember how much DHA), but that's still not much. The one study on bipolar disorder used something like 6 *g* of EPA.)

(See: Stoll AL et al. Omega 3 fatty acids in bipolar disorder: a preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1999 May;56(5):407-12.




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