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Re: Serious Fish oil problems! Please help! yxibow

Posted by Larry Hoover on June 29, 2009, at 6:56:07

In reply to Re: Serious Fish oil problems! Please help! G-man885858, posted by yxibow on June 28, 2009, at 23:14:38

> I forgot about Borage.... there are some "combo" pressed vegetable oil capsule/pills.

Those combos, e.g. Udo's oil, are a waste of money. There is nobody in western society who needs extra sources of linoleic acid, the typical omega-6 found in vegetable oils of all types. They may need some omega-9 (oleic acid as from olive oil), and/or the specific omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid found in borage/black currant/evening primrose. All these combos do is dilute the constituents in which the diet may be weak with constituents which are already over-represented. If you need more omega-9, use more olive oil. If you need some GLA, use some of the listed oils.

> There is -- I forget the name of the company -- that patented an algae oil extraction that has an even higher complex of Omega than Perilla, but its fairly expensive for the benefits from what I recall. If it comes down in price, maybe.
> -- Jay

Neuromins was the first algal oil, and it contains relatively high levels of DHA (still lower than fish oils), and no EPA (unlike fish oils). Our bodies are capable of doing some limited conversion of DHA to EPA.

I just looked, and there are a number of competitors to Neuromins available. A new and cheaper processing method came online a few years ago, and there is now some price competition. But you will still pay a substantial premium, both in the wallet, and in health benefits, to stay strictly vegetarian.





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