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Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
Any differences??
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/2/09 5:02 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
All, the health food store was dishing out free samples of this Chia seed stuff. Doing a bit of research, I can't really decipher the differences. Specifically, between the chia and fish oil (using carlson's or Nordic Natural Omega 3).

Any guidance or opinions would be appreciated!
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/3/09 9:28 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
I don't have any hard fast data comparing the two, but I know they're both good sources of Omega-3s.

From experience, I'd say the chia is slightly less disgusting when it comes to taste. Also, you don't need to worry about mercury issues.
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/4/09 11:03 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Let's be clear here. Not all omega 3's are created equal. Flax and chia seeds are not a substitute for fish oil, and vice versa. Let me explain. Omega-3 fatty acids are a subcategory of polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been found to have unique and important health benefits. The three main types of omega-3s important to humans are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Each of these omega-3's has unique and important functions that are not internchangeable. For example, flax and chia seeds, sources of ALA, have important health benefits. However, they do not substitute for EPA or DHA. There is some conversion of flax and chia seeds to EPA and DHA, but it is not an efficient conversion and it is generally agreed upon by omega-3 specialists that all three of these fatty acids must be consumed in order to gain the most benefit.

I am not a licensed nutritionist or dietician, but I do know a heck of a lot about omega 3's/6's/9's!
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/4/09 3:20 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
Yeah, I try to steer clear of that debate. I'm well aware of it, but you're right, I should have gone into more detail.

Chia and fish both deliver omega-3, a fatty acid important to human health, mainly in keeping your cardio vascular system healthy. Chia contains ALA omega-3. Fish contains DHA and EPA omega-3s. Which is more important usually depends on what the reviewer is trying to sell you but it's a good idea to get all three.

If you don't eat fish, I'd probably go for the fish oil. But if you eat fish once a week or so, you probably don't need it.
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/5/09 5:26 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Thanks for the replies here, everyone. I might consider supplementing with fish oil and the chia to see if I feel good.

Is there a chance to overdo it though, even if you're following the directions?

Thanks again.
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/5/09 5:35 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Of course. Fat is fat. It's a valuable fuel, but it shouldn't be more than 30% of your total calories.

Also, there's the mercury issue in fish, so you should really research that thoroughly and make your own decision there.
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/5/09 8:09 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Thanks again for the reply. I only will put in Carlson's Fish Oil or Nordic Naturals, no other brand.

Last question...too much fat is bad. But is there a certain limit to how much omega 3s one can take in (outside of the fat is fat statement), if that makes sense.
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RE:Chia Seeds vs. Flax vs. Fish Oil...
5/6/09 6:24 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
Not that I know of -- if you're keeping fat below 30% of your diet, that's going to automatically limit your omegas anyway.
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