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Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by kmd on January 14, 2001 at 18:50:39:

QUICK GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
~ For conditions related to fatty degeneration, including acne, oily skin, and sebaceous cysts

OMEGA 3 OILS: Begin with 5,000 mg per day.* These include the fish oils, whose active ingredients include Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Also Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) is an Omega 3 oil. (Reference: Udo Erasmus' book "Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill")

OMEGA 6 OILS: Begin with 1,500 mg per day.* These include Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Linoleic Acid (LA).

*Guidelines for a 150lb. adult. Count only the active ingredients listed above, and not the mg shown on the front label of the bottle. For example your bottle may say "Fish Oil 1,000mg" on the front label. But the breakdown will say 2 capsules contain EPA - 360mg and DHA - 240mg. So, your total of Omega 3 in 2 capsules of this product is 600mg (not 1,000mg).

After 2 months at the starting dosages, if improvement has been seen, cut the dosages in half and take that for 2 more months. Again, if improvement has been maintained, cut the dosages in half once again. Continue this process until symptoms begin to return (which means you've cut the dosages too far), then go back to the previous higher dose that was successful and maintain this dosage indefinitely.




Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by R. on January 16, 2001 at 02:04:08:

In Reply to: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by kmd on January 14, 2001 at 18:50:39:

According to a label on a Flax Seed Oil, one table spoon of it contains well above the amounts of what you listed, except for fish oil ingredients, of course. Does that mean that flax seed oil can satisfy the EFA requirement?



Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 16, 2001 at 08:29:05:

In Reply to: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by kmd on January 14, 2001 at 18:50:39:

Thanks, kmd!

Walt



Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by kmd on January 16, 2001 at 10:58:14:

In Reply to: Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by R. on January 16, 2001 at 02:04:08:

What does the label say, exactly? (Breakdown of component EFA ingredients per tablespoon?)



Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by R. on January 18, 2001 at 16:24:48:

In Reply to: Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by kmd on January 16, 2001 at 10:58:14:

Flaxseed oil by Spectrum Essentials:
1 tbsp contains
Omega-3 (ALA) - 51-57% (8g)
Omega-6 (LA) - 14-18% (3g)
Onega-9 (OA) - 16% (2g)
Stearic, Lauric, Palimitic - 9% (1g)
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The Total EFA by Health from the Sun
Flax, Borage, Evening Primrose oils and lecithin and mixed tocopherols (vit. E), scorbyl palmitate (vit. C) and citric acid to protect freshness.
1 tbsp contains
Omega-3 (ALA) - 6,200 mg
Omega-6 (GLA) - 288 mg
Omega-6 (Linoleic) - 2,400 mg
Omega-9 (Oleic) - 1,850 mg
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These seem enough. And I think this is cheaper and more convenient to take (unless you're traveling) than capsules.

However, I've read that some people, especially those that are deficient in EFA's have difficulties converting fatty acids found in flex (and probably other plants) to EPA and DHA, and that most studies on EFA's have been done using fish oil.



Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne)

Posted by kmd on January 27, 2001 at 00:02:19:

In Reply to: Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by R. on January 18, 2001 at 16:24:48:

Hi R.,

As you probably realize I'm not a doctor nor an expert on EFAs. I posted this thread to help offer the basics of what is my understanding so far of what Walt has said combined with a small amount of research in Udo's book. I thought it would be easier to archive a short summary of this as I have seen so much confusion here and many folks asking the same questions that I used to ask.

If your flaxseed oil contains what it says it does, at 8,000mg of Omega 3 and 3,000mg of Omega 6 per tablespoon, If I were you I would even take 1/2 tablespoon per day and then just add about 1,000mg of EPA and/or DHA in the form of fish oils (capsules I assume). I don't remember my bottle of flax having nearly the high amounts of EFAs per tablespoon as your bottle has. I switched back to capsules quickly due to the rancid taste of my oil (tho' I bought it fresh and refridgerated).

Sounds like you've found an easy way to get your EFAs using either of those oils. My only concern would be your ratio, you may want to try to get it closer to between 3:1 and 4:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. It seems to me I read that taking flax only can eventually result in an Omega 3 deficiency. Please research this however and do not take my word for it. You already know things that I do not, such as I did not know that the body has to convert flax into DHA and EPA. I assumed it could utilize it just as it is, as Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA)?




Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) Archive in essential oils.

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 2001 at 07:59:09:

In Reply to: Re: Quick Guide to Essential Fatty Acids (Archive in Acne) posted by kmd on January 27, 2001 at 00:02:19:

Thanks, kmd!

Walt



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