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6/18/09 5:35 A

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When I started using Fish Oil capsules I had bloods done nearly 3 months after, but it hasn't made any difference. The Dietician told me that I was using a normal maintenance dose and needed to increase it to raise the HDL. I have yet to have bloods done. It has improved my skin heaps tho' and my elbows no longer feel like coarse sandpaper.

re the Flaxseed oil - my understanding is that ground flax seed is best, but if you buy it ready ground to get it from a shop that does a quick turnover with it, because once it is ground the benefits don't last very long. I was advised that if I get the seeds, buy them and grind them in a coffee grinder when I want to use them, or only do 2-3 days at a time. Using the ground flaxseeds also has the added benefit of extra fibre in the diet.

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6/17/09 6:38 P

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I used to swallow 1/4 cup freshly ground flax seeds in water or orange juice every day and it lowered my ldl and increased my hdl. I have been thinking of starting back again.

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6/17/09 10:25 A

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I tried fish oil first. It did not help me with lowering cholestoral, or triglides. Plus I was burping up the fish oil. I tried flaxseed oil in the softgels. It lowered my cholestrol and triglides, plus I did not burp it up. The flaxseed oil that I take is only 10 calories per softgel(1000 mg).

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6/17/09 9:35 A

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I take fish oil (remember to refrig it even if it doesn't say on the label). I do take a blood thinner and my doctor said "no problem".

From the studies, fish oil appears to be better for you than flax seed but I am thinking that you can find anything you want in different studies. Don't think anyone knows for sure.

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Mary, If flaxseed is right for you, like it is ok so far with me, I take it in the form of a pill OTC Vitamins. You MAY want to try that too. Ask your Physician first though.

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6/16/09 9:09 P

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My Dietician told me not everyone converts the flaxseed oil. She said if you can take Omega3 Fish Oil Capsules it is better to do that because it doesn't need to be converted. I am on 2x 1000mg Capsules, 3x daily. The capsules are 10 calories each. If you have fish allergies be careful, and also if you are on blood thinners like warfarin don't take it. It is best to check with your doctor or Dietician first.

Also, with flaxseed oil make sure you don't heat it at all - use it with something cold like yoghurt or cold cereals as you do already. Store it in a dark, cool place, because heat and light destroys the benefits of the flaxseed very quickly.

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Some clerk at a health food store told me to take a tablespoon of flax oil a day to lower cholesteral. I take it after breakfast just by itself and wash it down with a slug of orange juice. It is over 100 calories. Should I keep doing it. I also have a tablespoon of flaxseed mixed with my yogurt for an afternoon snack.

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