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2011/03/14 13:40:17 (permalink)

what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs....

i'm trying to find the best 1 a day omega 3 tablets/capsules to introduce into my regime...
searched around and its confused me a bit, as some of the more talked about ones people take more than one a day of, and other stuff just leaving me clueless!?!??
so can anyone recommend an easy to get 1 a day source, and why!? not sure whats in the ingredients i'm looking for etc, attempted to look at tesco as they have a 3 for 2 offer, but just fear i'd buy the wrong stuff, espec as everyone seems to buy more bodybuilding branded stuff. how do natures best rate these days? i print all of their stuff so may be able to get a deal!? but need best options and cheapest please just incase

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    Nigeepoo
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/14 17:39:58 (permalink)
    A 1 a day omega-3 cap would be huge and unswallowable. Do you not like wild red salmon? You can blend it with some cook-in sauce to disguise the taste.

    Have you tried blended flaxseeds?

    See also http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/fb.ashx?m=2698563
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/14 19:57:13 (permalink)
    hi mike

    as nige says you can obviously eat oily fish

    maybe your over complicating this a little? I have recently bought tesco's own brand fish oil....i take four of those in the morning

    other sources i use are either my protein capsules

    or if you dont mind the taste look at my proteins liquid fish oil or some very good quality fish oil is carlsons

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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 13:23:30 (permalink)
    cheers both for the input, i'm not much of a fish eater, certainly not ioly fish or salmon and the like, hate veg too, so im really lookiing to rely on supps to help me out,

    i read that link and got this ... "If you prefer fish oil capsules, take enough to get ~2,000mg/day of EPA+DHA (read the label) or split 50/50 with one of the other options.

    If you don't eat oily fish, take ~50g/day of powdered lin/flaxseed or split 50/50 with the other option.
    If you prefer flaxseed oil, take ~20g/day or split 50/50 with the other option.
    EDIT: Non-fish/fish oil eaters should take approx 500mg/day of vegetarian DHA in addition to the flaxseed/flaxseed oil."

    so im either looking for the 2000mg a day of eph/dha OR 50g/day of lin/flax

    then with either of the above 500mg/day of veg dha

    thats about right?!?!
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 13:40:49 (permalink)
    I'm not a fan of oily fish or veg either for omega 3 I take these -

    http://www.bulkpowders.co...h_oil__1000mg_softgels

    And aim for at least 2 caps 3 times a day with food which provides about 1800mg of EPA+DHA combined. Another good source is linseed as mentioned above, I buy this by the kilo from the pet shop and grind enough to last a week - it doesn't taste that bad on it's own and can be easily hidden in meaty type dishes.

    I've looked at veg supplements(green powders) and tried a sample of one, and found them to be very expensive and gross tasting. Now I just blend fresh veg into water and down it, which works a lot better for me
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 14:21:22 (permalink)
    As oily fish > supps, how about disguising tinned wild red salmon by blending it and mixing it with some cook-in sauce?
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 14:37:34 (permalink)
    Sorry to hijack but Nige - is two 125g tins of mackerel a day sufficient for my omegas?
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 14:43:00 (permalink)
    Depends why you want to take the omega 3 but only doses of 1g and above have been proven to have cardiovascular benefits which is hard to achieve with most supps as they often have low quantities of DHA and EPA (don't confuse amount of oil in the capsule with actual amount of DHA and EPA).
     
    Holland and Barrett sell a triple strength omega 3 capsule which contains nearly 1g of EPA and DHA in one capsule and I use those. They are quite expensive but I usually wait until they do one of their buy one get one half price offers which are quite frequent and then stock up.
     
    I am not a fan of flaxseed as a source of omega 3 as its benefits only arise from being converted in the body to EPA and DHA anyway and the amount converted is quite low so it's easier to just supplement with fish oil.

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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 15:03:06 (permalink)
    Dr. Griffiths
    I am not a fan of flaxseed as a source of omega 3 as its benefits only arise from being converted in the body to EPA and DHA anyway and the amount converted is quite low so it's easier to just supplement with fish oil.


    That is simply untrue - ALA has distinct roles in inflammation, heart rythym, cell membrane structure, PPAR pathways, metabolism, etc. In addition to its own roles, it does convert to EPA/DHA as required, and then performs their roles.

    A life with sufficient EPA/DHA but no ALA = death.

    A life with sufficient ALA but no EPA/DHA = nice and healthy.
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 16:29:46 (permalink)
    nige, i really cant see food as an option atm, but just because your being a salmon pusher i'll give it a try!!! ;) would that be all i had to have per day is a certain amount of wild red salmon?

    its unlikely im gonna manage it! but i'll have a go, and still research what supp i could use...

    @ tony barnes, your posts mentions ALA, this is a first ive heard of it, seems very important when mentioning death! is it typically on the labels aswell as epa & dha?

    no mention of it in the link off loathesome, although them capsules seem to be what im looking for.... thanks, hopefully some more input on them may see me go their way!?
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 16:55:08 (permalink)
    Dumb question

    Whats ALA
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 19:20:33 (permalink)
    not sure, more learning from Tony when he's back i guess...!
     
    just read through all of your latest journal Tony, doing really well, maybe the udo capsules are just what i need!?
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 20:13:59 (permalink)
    irdanSorry to hijack but Nige - is two 125g tins of mackerel a day sufficient for my omegas?
    I would say yes as mackerel contains a lot of EPA & DHA plus a little ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid).
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 21:53:00 (permalink)
    i take fish oil and linseed oil  - covers all bases
     
    fresh salmon is certainly one of the easiest tasting fish to get your head round....your taste buds can actually change over time  - i use to hate it but now i love it. I even like trout now but mackerel a step too far (its those little bones that make me gag)
     
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/15 22:24:15 (permalink)
    Lucky_jim

    i take fish oil and linseed oil  - covers all bases

    fresh salmon is certainly one of the easiest tasting fish to get your head round....your taste buds can actually change over time  - i use to hate it but now i love it. I even like trout now but mackerel a step too far (its those little bones that make me gag)


    lol, i think its the smell more than anything, im just used to heaving when i smell certain stuff!
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/16 09:11:02 (permalink)
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    not sure, more learning from Tony when he's back i guess...!

    just read through all of your latest journal Tony, doing really well, maybe the udo capsules are just what i need!?

    Hah, cheers bud, its going pretty well. Funnily I would't recommend the capsules to anyone unless convenience was completely paramount - I'd be chomping 50 a day... not great!
     
    ALA = alpha linolenic acid - the parent omega 3 EFA, from which you can make all the omega 3s in your body. Your body can't make it though, and it is an essential nutrient.
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/16 12:47:31 (permalink)
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    not sure, more learning from Tony when he's back i guess...!

    just read through all of your latest journal Tony, doing really well, maybe the udo capsules are just what i need!?

    Hah, cheers bud, its going pretty well. Funnily I would't recommend the capsules to anyone unless convenience was completely paramount - I'd be chomping 50 a day... not great!

    ALA = alpha linolenic acid - the parent omega 3 EFA, from which you can make all the omega 3s in your body. Your body can't make it though, and it is an essential nutrient.

    i'm definitely thinking convenience and supps route for this sort of needed stuff, would you recommend them over other omega tabs/capsules, where i'd be having say 4 in the morning a day? obviously cost would be an issue here to look at too for me
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/16 13:13:13 (permalink)
    If you're using protein shakes, dumping oil into them = very easy. Also makes most of them taste better/creamier. Capsules really would be my last choice
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/16 13:27:54 (permalink)
    Tony Barnes

    If you're using protein shakes, dumping oil into them = very easy. Also makes most of them taste better/creamier. Capsules really would be my last choice

    ok, well, i'll give it a try then, are liquids cheaper too!? i notice the udos oil 500ml £19.99 what doses of oil would be taken? didnt i read somewhere you saying something like 15ml per 25kg of bodyweight!? im 75kg, so would need to work mine out from there if that 15ml is correct, is it just the one dose a day, or per shake etc? which i currently have 3 on off training days, 4 on training days....roughly!
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    Re:what am i looking for in omega 3 tabs.... 2011/03/16 13:56:24 (permalink)
    For someone your weight it 'should' be 45 ml as per your calc, in practice, most folk use 30ml a day as its just 2 tablespoons, and it makes it last longer...! That is an ample amount for conversion to EPA/DHA though.
     
    I have it all in one go, others spread it about, depends on what fits in best with your lifestyle.
     
    Yes, liquid works out a lot more economical for oils - given they ain't the cheapest things to start with, it really does make sense to use liquid rather than capped.
     
    Oh, and if you shop around you'll find it cheaper than £19.99, that's just the RRP
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