fish oil

By ston3xc Latest Reply 2012-07-17 17:12:52 -0500
Started 2012-07-12 13:21:24 -0500

Is it just me, or isn't any body else concerned with the sources of the supplements we take. I have just about cut all seafood from my diet and I would rather get my omega-3s from plant sources ( flax seed ). The rate of how our oceans are being polluted and depleted are astounding. I'd rather leave the krill to the whales and the mercury out of my system.

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Nick1962 2012-07-12 14:53:48 -0500 Report

Well, I am somewhat so i avoid taking them alltogether if I can. Most of the pharmaceutical grade stuff is micro-distilled and checked for things like mercury, but no telling with the cheap stuff, even cinnamon. Given the pollutatnts in our air, and soil runoff, I'm thinking plant sources can't be much better.

dietcherry 2012-07-12 14:50:01 -0500 Report

I recently looked into the plant-based omega-3 sources as I cant use fish oil without breaking out like a teenager! Im a little wary of the flaxseed too because Im estrogen-dominant. Ive since started fiber supplementation and its supposed to help clear excess estrogen from your system so at my next Drs appt Im asking his advice on flax.

ston3xc 2012-07-13 07:55:39 -0500 Report

Since I had all my female "stuff" removed a few years ago, I know that estrogen is not a factor in my case. I like sprinkling a little ground flaxseed on yogurt, scrambled eggs, in soups, just about anything. My doctor thought it would be a good thing to include it in my diet.

dietcherry 2012-07-13 09:22:05 -0500 Report

Im trying to make it to menopause without having surgery—Im nearing the finish line lol Ive been on amazon comparing and pricing different brands and such; if you dont mind me asking you—-do you buy the pre-ground or do you ground it yourself?

ston3xc 2012-07-16 18:17:14 -0500 Report

Have fun with all the menopausal journeys you are about to take! It's a blast! I'm not lol. I use the pre-ground flaxseed, but keep it in the fridge, so it doesn't get rancid. Also, if you discover that hot flashes becomes a problem, you can try taking black cohosh extract, it's also a plant based supplement for menopause. I used to take estradoil forHRT, but then I heard that it causes blood clots in post- menepausel women. Just wait until you get the spreading waistline, the thinning hair, and the vanishing libido! Like I said, it's a blast

dietcherry 2012-07-17 09:16:30 -0500 Report

Thats unbalanced hormones. In a few years when mine begins, I plan on upping my dosage of natural progesterone or wild yam cream—-NOT using estrogen as that just makes women estrogen-dominant if theyre not already! Its the progesterone level that drops dramatically and adding some back can reduce menopausal symptoms greatly or completely. Unfortunately many doctors dont share this with women and automatically put them on estradiol :(

ston3xc 2012-07-17 13:46:16 -0500 Report

Interesting, I'm going to do some research on progestrone and see what I can find out. Thanks for the tip!

dietcherry 2012-07-17 17:12:52 -0500 Report

Let me give you a link to start. You can buy these non-prescription creams at amazon (be sure to read the user reviews while youre there)—thats where I get mine for less than $20. It has been a godsend for me.

Here is a link on estrogen dominance which you may have now since youre in menopause and you used HRT:

Now mainstream doctors as a rule want you to use prescription meds and thats up to you. I was on the Depo Provera shot for years (its progesterone-only birth control) and it completely eradicated my bad periods and PMS (the estrogen-only birth control pills were a nightmare for me because I was already estrogen-dominant). I went off the shot when I turned 40 and started on the cream last year when my periods became difficult again.

No one can deny that we are getting waaaaay too much estrogen from the environment and our food supply, both women AND men. Whatever you decide, I do hope you find relief !!!!

MAYS 2012-07-13 08:29:06 -0500 Report

Actually, Estrogen may still be a factor because it is, and can be produced elsewhere in the human body (that's why males have estrogen also),

"Estrogens can be produced by fat tissue, the liver, the adrenal glands and the ovaries. The ovaries are the primary source of estrogens in premenopausal women, except for women who are pregnant. Estrogen production from the ovaries begins with the theca interna cells, which convert cholesterol into a hormone called androstenedione. This hormone is then exported to other cells within the ovaries, called the granulosa cells. These cells convert the adrostenedione into estradiol. During pregnancy, estrogen production is taken over by the placenta. After menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogens and it is instead made by the adrenal glands, the liver and the fatty tissue within the breasts."

Read more:

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-07-16 19:03:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays, now I have another reason to be upset with my liver. Here I was blaming all my woes on fatty breast tissue since the ovaries are no more.

ston3xc 2012-07-16 18:43:45 -0500 Report

The article didn't say if the amount of estrogen produced by the other areas of the body were adequate for the relief of menopausal symptoms. The symptoms that I mentioned to dietcherry are the ones I have the most trouble with and could not find some sort of relief without supplements. Understanding how or why helps, but doesn't always alleviate the problem. Thank the good Lord that I have raised my precious children and can't have anymore! Too old and tired!

jayabee52 2012-07-12 14:40:37 -0500 Report

That is great you are so environmentally conscious, ston.

I had taken flax seed oil for a while until I read somewhere that the flax oil was inferior to the animal based oils. I use krill oil now. I guess I'll need to take a mercury test to see if that should change.

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