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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: omega 3
Date: April 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm PST

In Reply to: omega 3 posted by Jim on April 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm:

While omega fatty acids are important in overall health and have some arterial benefits, there is no general agreement on how much is needed and what the best sources are.

The concern about flax seeds and prostate cancer has not been validated in subsequent research. They are a good source of omegas, but many other sources are also available, some with much less fat than nuts and seeds.

You can now buy omegas from marine algae sources and less high fat seeds (Salvia hispanica L.).

Many other plant-based foods contain some omegas, so it isn't certain that most people require supplementation.

And, no, fish oil is not recommended in our diet. Recent surveys have found PCBs and other toxic and cancer causing substances in some fish oil supplements.

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