What is better: Omega-3 or Omega-6?

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-11-12 20:46:37 -0600
Started 2011-07-27 15:43:29 -0500

We need both Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our diets. But, we get to much Omega 6 fats and not enough Omega 3 fats. Eatting to much Omega 6 fats can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis.Omega 3 fats can heip lower triglyceride levels. If you don't eat fish, try some of these foods to get your Omega 3 fats: walnuts, walnut oil, canola oil, soybeans, soybeans oil, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil.

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HeartHawk 2011-08-04 22:46:36 -0500 Report


Hands down it is Omega-3s. I take 5.4 grams of EPA/DHA daily! I am on a ultra high Omega-3 regimen for high lipoprotein(a) but it also lowersy already perfect blood pressure 10 points!


DTJ1 2011-08-07 13:11:50 -0500 Report

HH what brand of Omega 3's do you use - if you would not mind sharing?

HeartHawk 2011-08-07 23:23:32 -0500 Report


I use three brands based on availablilty, pricing, and how fast I need to get it. I should remind folks that I take 5.4 grams of total DHA/EPA to treat my high Lp(a) (that's active ingredient not pill size so I have to take quite a bit). Here is my order of preference all things being equal.

  1. Finest Pure Fish Oil brand liquid from Pharmax. It is not particularly cheap but as a member of Track Your Plaque I get it about as cheap as you can find it. It is much easier to take than the "horse pill" sized triple strength gelcaps I would have to take and it has littel or no fishy flavor and actually has an orange taste. Each teaspoon contain 1800 mg EPA/DHA so it is really concentrated

  2. GNC Triple Strength Omega-3 capsules. I am also a GNC member so I get 20% off plus it is often available on sale with 50% off the secoind bottle. It is a little less convenient as I need to take 6 of these 900mg EPA/DHA huge pills per day which are not easy to swallow!

  3. Barleans Fish Oil. This is another liquid form with about the same strength as the Pharmax product. It is much cheaper but is also quite high in Omega-6 and 9 which I try to avoid.


HeartHawk 2011-11-12 16:48:44 -0600 Report


Yup, I take both but separately, 150mg CoQ10. I have used many brands but always look for an oil-based preparation to improve absorption. As far a brand preference I use the Track Your Plaque brand but really only because as a member I get it pretty cheap.


DTJ1 2011-11-12 20:46:37 -0600 Report

Thanks HH!
I take the Nordic Naturals brand, which seems to work well for me but it is pretty pricey - was looking for good alternatives

berrykins0 2011-08-04 16:18:21 -0500 Report

there aresome wraps and flat breads that do have flaxseeds in them and omega 3 in them i buy these evey once awhile. plus i do eat some of the item mentioned in your article above yummy pumpkin seeds walnuts almonds are good for you to. i love no breading on it broiled or i eat tuna or salmon too.eating healthy is very important

HeartHawk 2011-08-07 23:25:11 -0500 Report


Yup, flaxseed is a great natural way to geed Omega-3. I make a killer blueberry muffin with flaxseed!