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    dkaler is offline Senior Member
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    Default Any of you guys use hemp seed oil for EFAs ?

    I bought some the other day. It's damned expensive, just like flax oil. Comes in the black bottle & has to be refrigerated (just like flax oil). I read an MM article once that basically said that even though flax was usually accepted as the "gold standard" for EFAs (excluding something like Udo's choice I'd guess), that hemp seed oil has a better balance of EFAs & includes more of one of the Omegas (can't remember what the number was). I dunno, sometimes I wonder whether it's worth the expense or if I should just use fish oil caps off the shelf at the grocery store.

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    Default Any of you guys use hemp seed oil for EFAs ?

    I think the 'extra' EFA you are thinking of is the Omega-9 group.

    I eat 'Hemp Bread', which was recommended elsewhere by Mike Mahler, and my subjective feeling is that it has improved the quality of my diet - it's one of those '5-10%' things. If I substitute a couple of teaspoons of almond butter or tuna salad on a slice of hemp bread for one of my snacks or a light meal, I feel consistently (if mildly) better than before I started doing this, and I've lost 5-7 lbs and an inch off my waistline since beginning this practice.

    As to whether the Hemp Oil is worth the expense vs. fish oil capsules, that's probably one of those highly individual things. The best way to determine if it helps you is to have blood work done at the beginning of your consumption of Hemp, and then 2-3 months later. Check the beginning results against the 'after' results and see if there is any substantial improvement in your cholesterol levels and in the other biochemical markers that doctors use to judge your 'real' health. Your doc will be able to summarize the results very quickly for you, and if HE can tell a real difference, then it might be worth the expense.

    If you are willing to spend the bucks, several manufacturers are now offering 'pharmaceutical grade' fish oil (as opposed to the 'food grade' you normally see in the stores). They offer a much higher concentration of EPA/DHA ingredients so that you can greatly increase your effective intake of these elements without the gastric upset, fish breath and possible contamination risk of consuming 10-15 fish oil capsules a day. Dr. Barry Sears (of 'Zone' fame) has written a book titled 'The Omega Rx Miracle' explaining how this new type of fish oil improves over the old versions, and what it can do for you. I'll leave it to you to judge whether this is a 'snake oil' patent medicine scam or not. Fow what it's worth, Sears STONGLY recommends doing the blood work analysis before you start consuming the pharmaceutical fish oil and then every few months afterward so you can tell if you are consuming enough or TOO MUCH (it is possible to overdo it with fish oil, and it is contraindicated for some conditions, including diabetes).


    I have seen several forums (and a consumer reports site) recommend the 'Member's Mark' brand of fish oil tablets for a 'food grade' fish oil.(Available at Sam's Club). This brand apparently is very high and consistent in quality and freshness, avoiding the problem with spoiling and rancidity sometimes found in other off=the-shelf brands.

    I hope this has been of some help.

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    Default Any of you guys use hemp seed oil for EFAs ?

    Thanks. The blood work sounds like a good idea. Matter of fact I'm due for a physical anyway, so I may get the blood work done. I'll just have to try to get the Doc to accept some phony excuse for why I need it so my insurance will cover.

    Hadn't heard about the pharmaceutical grade fish before, but it sounds like it's worth a look. Someone once told me about the possibility of fish oil caps becoming rancid, which made me wonder how they could process and sell the stuff without constant refrigeration or whatever it took to keep that from happening. I'm not sure how bad consuming a rancid capsule would be. If food poisoning is a possibility that would be enough for me to go a different route (I'm still looking for a sushi place that I can trust a 100% in that regard, but it probably doesn't exist).

    Interestingly, there were a couple of other hemp products at the health food store that might be worth taking a second look at. One was hemp protein powder. I suppose you could use it or mix with whey protein or whatever and get the EFAs that way, but I don't know how much you'd have to use.

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    Default Any of you guys use hemp seed oil for EFAs ?

    EFAs are a pretty good way to go at least I believe. One of things that I look for when I buy EFAs is to look and see how long the stuff has been sitting on the shelf. THat is one of the reasons I beleive that the liquid is better than capsules, not to mention that capsules are made by heating oil and heated oil is pretty much useless. Some other good oils you might want to look into are borage oil and primose oil and these oils are found in alot of EFA blends, but not all. Look around and find a good oil and stick with it for a while. EFAs tend to be high in natural antioxidants, Fiber and they also help in blood cleansing as someone had mentioned earlier.
    Try some out and let us know what you think,
    Eric

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    Default Any of you guys use hemp seed oil for EFAs ?

    I've tried some of the EFA capsules that have the borage and primrose in them. I used to cycle between those and the fish oil caps. Seems like some of the flax oil caps I used to buy had borage oil in them as well, but I can't remember for sure. Haven't tried borage or primrose in the liquid (bottled) form yet though. Thanks for the input.

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    Default No, but some ganga after workouts gets the job done ;-)

    Just kidding of course. Hempseed oil is great and I use it from time to time im place of flaxseed oil. I also use hemp protein from time time which is loaded with EFA.

    Mike Mahler http://www.mikemahler.com

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    Default Thanks Mike ...

    I was using flax oil & couldn't find hemp seed oil anywhere at first. Then I found it at one of the health food stores here. Thought I'd give it a try. I think it's about the same price as the flax. Expensive stuff. If I use nut butters half the time I can make it last alot longer though. I'm going to give the hemp protein powder a try. Then I wouldn't have to add anything to the shakes for the EFAs.

    Darren

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