Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Articles of Interest
- Beautiful Skin
- Canker Sores
- Fibroid and Breast Cancer Prevention
- Flax Seed Oil Feedback
- Flax Seed Oil Recipes
- Hemp Oil
- Indigestion During Pregnancy
- Marine Phytoplankton
- Mental Illnesses
- Multiple Cures
- Omega 3 and Hypomania
- Omega 3 Book Reviews
- Side Effects
"On September 8, 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave "qualified health claim" status to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) n-3 fatty acids, stating that "supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA [n-3] fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." This updated and modified their health risk advice letter of 2001 (see below).
People with certain circulatory problems, such as varicose veins, benefit from fish oil. Fish oil stimulates blood circulation, increases the breakdown of fibrin, a compound involved in clot and scar formation, and additionally has been shown to reduce blood pressure. There is strong scientific evidence that n-3 fatty acids significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels and regular intake reduces the risk of secondary and primary heart attack.
Some benefits have been reported in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cardiac arrhythmias.
There is a promising preliminary evidence that n-3 fatty acids supplementation might be helpful in cases of depression and anxiety. Studies report highly significant improvement from n-3 fatty acids supplementation alone and in conjunction with medication." (Wikipedia)
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
[YEA] 12/09/2007: Roxanne from Perth, Western Australia: "High Potency Fish Oil w/ Virgin Evening Primrose Oil Has Made My Little Boy "Normal" I have two children aged 3.5yrs and 21 months. My eldest was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the start of the year (Jan 2007). Because my eldest son is classed as Autistic, the health professional seem to think that my youngest may have a problem. Okay, my youngest is very hyperactive, used to run into things (like the kitchen table) and not feel any pain and he had a serious biting problem that went waaaayyy beyond teething. After geting sick and tired of hearing "your youngest maybe suspected Autistic/ADD" I decided to see a homeopath and ask (beg) for help. The lady there was wonderful and recommended that I try a mixture of high potency fish oil that also contained virgin evening primrose oil that was recommended for children and adults of all ages. Well, after a week of giving him 5ml a day (mixed with food), our little boy is all cool. calm and collected. He stills runs around but he has stopped running into walls and tables. The biting was gone and he interacts well with his autistic brother. He has also started talking again. And to think, only 2 weeks have passed now and he will only improve. Just wanted to share this with you. Thanks,"Replies
01/26/2009: Jessica from Long Island, NY replies: "Thank you so much for sharing this! Jessica"
04/14/2012: Bob from Moosic, Pa./usa replies: "Many moms who have autistic children were dehydrated while pregnant. Main causes of dehydration are drinking caffeine, alcohol or soda & lack of water & sea salt.
Google: Autism caused by dehydration."
[YEA] Sharon from Boston: "First I took flax, then I switched to Cod Liver Oil from Norway (no mercury, contaminants, etc). I think I was taking 2 capsules a day. After 2 days I had a sharp pain in my gall bladder which I get if I eat too much fat. I stopped taking the cod liver oil and the pain went away. I went to Whole Foods and found an excellent brand of flax oil with 15% flax seed particles. There were only a few bottles left so I figured it must be a good brand! At any rate, I noticed quite by accident that, after increasing the flax to 3 capsules 3x a day, my anxiety and adrenaline decreased. I knew flax seed oil has been used sucessfully in the treatment of depression and bi-polar disorders, but I didn't know that flax oil could also diminish anxiety! Needless to say I am unbelievably pleased to discover this. Last week I took a break from the flax oil and my anxiety returned as usual after a couple of days. I hope others will try flax for anxiety and write in about it. I would be curious to know if it has the same effect on others."Replies
[YEA] 03/05/2009: Jared from Sydney, Austrailia replies: "I suffer with social anxiety disorder, I'm anxious and have difficulty thinking clearly in general not just in anxiety situations.I got myself flaxseed oil and took a tablespoon.I felt better instantly. My thinking became a lot clearer and my usual confused anxious state diminished. It definitely has a significant effect on brain chemistry. I'll be taking it everyday now :)"
[YEA] 01/23/2012: Cynthia from London, Uk replies: "I started taking 2 tablespoons per day of ground flaxseed (or flaxseed meal), in the hopes of shrinking the many large fibroids in my uterus, and easing fibrocystic breast pain.
I've been taking it for less than a month, and I'm guessing that it's too soon to tell if it has helped with these things, or at least it doesn't seem to have helped so far.
But, I have noticed some positive effects in other areas. I am normally a very anxious person, but since starting the flaxseed, I feel much calmer and able to handle everyday situations. My asthma has also seemed to improve drastically, (probably as a result of me being calmer). I have hardly taken any asthma medication since I started taking it.
I will definitely continue to take this. I'm happy with the results so far, and really hope that in time it will also help me with the fibroids and breast pain."
Articles of Interest
09/23/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, USA: "I just read an interesting article on msn and I would like to share it with you guys: http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100245164
[YEA] 11/11/2007: Linda from Melbourne, Australia: "Hi all, I have been taking flaxseed oil for about 3mths 4 tablespoons a day so i decided to use it as a mosturiser on my face, i do suffer from acne as well im 40 and never looked my age after about a week i noticed a difference in my skin and it started to clear up my acne its been 4 weeks now and i am so happy my skin glows and looks so healthy, people have started to comment how good my skin looks, as well as the flaxseed oil i use vco with it, it helps me maybe it could help others, you can find it in a fridge in health food shops cost $11 and last for couple months. Hope others find it good as well. cheers Linda"Replies
11/01/2009: Roslyn from Queens, N.Y. replies: "Hi Linda from Melbourne Australia. I take omega everyday and also suffer with acne. You use the flaxseed oil as a moisturizer do you put it on day and night? If you apply during the day do you also use SPF sunblock as well? You said it helped with your acne - did you break out before it got better? Also what is vco? I have cut sugar, diary and deep fried foods out of my diet which helps alot. Thanks. I will appreciate any advice that you have."
EC: VCO is an acronym for Virgin Coconut Oil.
03/16/2010: Jenay from Los Angeles, California replies: "hello,,i was wondering if is possible to mix flax seed oil with acv and baking soda?"
[YEA] Deirdre from Los Angeles, CA: "I was taking Fish Oil for about a month until I started hearing about about the mercury content in fish. I switched over to flax seed oil. With both fish oil and flax seed oil, I noticed overnight that my skin became noticeably softer and less dry. It took a couple of days before my system adjusted to taking 1 capsule of flax, 3x a day -- it's commonly used as a laxative! Another thing I noticed from taking Flax Seed Oil along with Calcium/Magnesium/Phosphorous liquid is that I feel much calmer."Replies
[YEA] 08/07/2008: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA replies: "Update to my flax post... After trying out a bunch of brands over the past few years, I finally bought one that tastes good! Okay, so this is an a rare Earth Clinic product endorsement and no, EC didn't get a free bottle from the manufacturer! The brand name is Barlean's and you can find it in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods. I take 1 tablespoon 3x a day on an empty stomach. No stomach problems, believe it or not. This one tastes a whole lot better than the other brands I have tried. Most of them have that terribly rancid after-taste.
Re: the skin -- yes, if you want dewy, moisturized, baby soft skin, flax is the way to go. Takes 20 minutes after eating a tablespoon of flax oil to see the results in my skin. It definitely softens my forehead creases. If you have tough, dry hands or cracked heels, this remedy is for you! The only problem is that effects of 1 tablespoon only lasts about 8-10 hours... But then another 24 hours to go back to the way your skin was before the flax..."
[YEA] 01/28/2008: Jennifer from Northern, Idaho: "I was having chronic canker sores, usually 3 at a time. I tried everything I'd ever heard of with little success. I started taking Omega 3 in the form of flax seed oil for general health reasons. Within a week or so my sores were gone and I haven't had one since. I alternate between flax oil capsules (6 a day), ground flax seeds (2 tablespoons) and eating about 1/4 cup of walnuts."Replies
01/17/2010: Linda from Springfield, Oh replies: "I had serious canker sores and finally realized it was an allergy to sulfates (a cleansing agent) in most toothpaste. Now I try to use other toothpastes before bed (when the residue is staying in your mouth) and regular in the AM."
[YEA] Betty : "My cholesterol is 6.33. The doctor said I had to go on cholesterol drug but I tried out two of them and had a bac reaction. So, I went to a health food store "ROOT CELLAR" here in Charlottetown and tried cholesterol tablets but had trouble with them. So, I bought their "Omega-3 fish oil" ...I've only been on it for two weeks...too soon to tell if cholesterol level is down but I must say that I feel much better after so short a time on Omega-3. It says on the bottle that it's made from HERRING. Other stores have oil made from salmon but this store has a good reputation so I bought oil there."Replies
01/26/2009: Jessica from Long Island, NY replies: "Try Red Yeast Rice, I think thats the name, my sister has a Herb shop and my Mom took it and her numbers became normal! Jessica"
[YEA] Rebecca from Allen, MI: "I have been taking blood pressure medication for over one year. I heard, from two different sources, about using ground flaxseed & thought I would give it try in order to "wean" myself from prescription drugs. I have been amazed at the results. I take a total of 4 tablespoons a day - usually 2 in the morning & 2 at night. I usually just mix it in water but sometimes I put it in my food (oatmeal works well & so does soup). I have been using it for 6 weeks and have decreased my meds from 20 mg a day to 5 mg a day!! My blood pressure has been more stable and MUCH, MUCH lower than when I took the full dose of my daily medication. It really does work. My goal was to be off prescription medication by January 2006 but I think I will make well before then!!!"
[YEA] Janine from Catskills, NY: "If you have constipation, taking a capsule of flax seed oil with some water first thing in the morning works wonders. Give it 20 minutes -- make sure you don't go anywhere, this stuff works fast! It is an excellent way to cleanse the bowels as well."
[YEA] Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA: "I found the following information below in quotes from a website after reading that the ALA (there is no DHA or EPA)in flaxoil can cause an eicosanoid imbalance in the body leading to increased inflamation and ill health. I take the fish oil to get the EPA and DHA that balances eicosanoids and protects brain cells. I take 1000 mg of molecularly distilled fish oil to avoid any pcb's or dioxins and borage oil for the proper balance of omega 6.
"Omega-3 (you may sometimes see it written as n-3 or w-3) is the name given to a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The parent omega-3 - alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - is described as 'essential' as, like vitamins, it must be obtained from diet. It is polyunsaturated and has 18 carbon atoms and 3 double bonds (18:3).
However, from the point of view of human nutrition, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5)and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6) - EPA and DHA - are considered much more valuable as these are the forms the body requires. In theory, humans are able to synthesise EPA and DHA from dietary ALA, but in practice this process is inefficient. Scientists have therefore concluded that EPA and DHA should be obtained from diet. Oil-rich fish and supplements such as fish oil and cod liver oil, are the richest and most readily available sources. Other sources such as krill and fortified everyday foods like bread and fruit juices are in production in a minor way in various parts of the world."
[YEA] 01/03/2009: Calista from Penang, Malaysia: "Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fish Oil) REALLY helps with depression. I have been battling severe clinical depression for over 2 years now. Though I'm emotionally & mentally better, I had problems with irregular sleep pattern, excessive sleepiness and lack of energy. I read that Omega 3 can help, so I tried taking it. After just 3 days on 3000mg a day (taken on breakfast, lunch, dinner), for the first time in years I noticed I slept less during the day and slept better at night. It's been weeks now and I continue taking 1000-3000mg a day, and I keep feeling better. I now wake up feeling more refreshed and motivated to do things. I have the energy to actually do them. My naps are short, or sometimes I can go without one. I feel sleepy after a certain time (at night) and can actually sleep throughout the night and wake up ONLY when it's morning. It has regulated my sleep cycle! I can't remember the last time I feel this great! It's amazing such improvement can be achieved with just a simple thing like Fish Oil. Do try it. There can be no harm, only good."
[YEA] 08/04/2008: Elaine from Bettendorf, Iowa: "First thank you for the amazing amounts of help you share. Through the inspiration of your readers I decided to put my Golden Retriever older puppy on a more informed diet than feeding her retail store junk. I give her a natural kibble and she is doing well. In the interest of protecting her joints in old age I have her on a supplement. To take it one step further I give her a teaspoon of flaxseed oil in her meals each day. After six months I noticed that she is not shedding profusely as a former golden did. I do brush her regularly but there is no excessive hair all over the house. Plus I noticed that her pads are very soft. Perhaps this could help a hair challenged pet owner out there? Aside from strengthening her body she has the benefit of a very healthy coat!"
Fibroid and Breast Cancer Prevention
[YEA] 03/09/2008: Ruth from Ionia, Michigan: "my name is ruth,I used flax seed to cure my tumors . I would grind them in my coffee grinder . Then I would use about 2tsp a day and sprinkle them over my salad . I found it easier to eat them that way . I also would make flaxseed bread I would use about a 1/2 cup in my loaf of bread . It is very important to grind the flaxseed up to get the benfit of the seeds. Other wise the seeds will just pass right threw you . I did this for about a year and when I went back and had my ultra sound they were gone . I also had a tumor in my breast . I was benine but that also disappeared as well . I never tryed the BSM because I never heard about it working on' tumors until now. I end up have a historectomy because my uterus fell . but I still take it so I don't get any tumors in my breast"
Flax Seed Oil Feedback
[YEA] 12/24/2009: Erex from Fayettville, Ny: "After eating for a couple of months about 3 tablespoons a day of flax seeds, which I was taking for another condition, I found my nails started growing in clear and healthy. I learned this quite by accident."
[YEA] 01/31/2009: Linda from CA, USA: "I used to get zits after eating fried foods, chips and nuts or the week before my period starts. But since I've been taking 3 tabs flaxseed oil per day (1000mg), I've had absolutely NO zits. It also seems to keep my keloid scar flatter, too. I've read that flax seed oil (omega-3's) are anti-inflammatory so it makes sense.You can use fish oil too, but I don't like the fishy burp breath. Omega-3's are supposed to help prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. For those who have a hard time swallowing the large tablets, there is always the liquid form which doesn't taste great but will do the job."