Fish and flax seed oils make you sexy and help prevent MS relapses February 12, 2009Posted by Rebecca Hoover in Supplements - what you need to minimize MS symptoms.
Some studies have shown that fish oil helps reduce the number of MS relapses and the severity of MS symptoms. Even better, taking fish oil which includes Omega-3 fatty acids is likely to help make you sexy. If you combine the fish oil supplements with a healthy low-fat diet, your skin is going to become much more attractive. Women, your skin will become softer than you ever remember. Men, the fish oil will make you look vibrant. (I recommend the Swank MS Diet by Dr. Roy Swank and information on it is available free by borrowing his book from a public library using an interlibrary loan if needed.)
Of course, if you’ve been eating fish all along or have used fish oil before, using flax seed oil is a great option. A recent study report from the HOLISM study found that flax seed oil is even more effective in beating MS than fish oil. Accordingly, I personally have switched to flax as a source of omega-3s. I use freshly ground organic brown flax seed (I grind it each day and keep it in the refrigerator). I also use some organic flax seed oil. Grinding your own flax seed is a great option — tasty and inexpensive.
In any event, how much fish oil should you take? Some experts recommend 3 grams or 3,000 milligrams of fish oil each day and this amount includes about 900 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids. But, more recently studies show that fish oil becomes increasingly beneficial when up to five servings of fish are eaten each week. This is equivalent to about 15 grams or 15,000 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids per week (3,000 milligrams for each of five days) or about 45 to 50 grams of fish oil per week. If one capsule has 1 gram (1,000 milligrams) of fish oil, you would need to take about seven (7) capsules per day to have this amount.
Professor George Jelinek, M.D., who is considered an MS expert by many, recommends even more fish oil than this amount. He recommends about 20 grams (20,000 milligrams) of fish oil each day for about 6 grams of Omega-3s. Personally, I found this amount to be overwhelming. I am a small person, however, so this may be the reason I would get an upset stomach when taking as much fish oil as Dr. Jelinek recommends. I did take the equivalent of about 12 grams of fish oil each day or about 3 grams of Omega-3s. Based on Dr. Jelinek’s recommendations, I have now switched to flax seed oil and use the equivalent of about 12 grams of flax seed oil each day.
Of course, you can get part of your fish oil by eating oily fish such as salmon, trout or sardines. This is what I used to do. Be sure to spread your consumption of fish oil over several days during the week. Taking 28,000 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids on just one day is not as effective as taking about 4,000 milligrams for each of seven (7) days.
A tip on swallowing fish oil capsules is in order. Fish oil capsules are a bit larger than most supplement capsules, and the easiest way to swallow them is to store them in the freezer and swallow them one at a time while they are frozen. I always kept my capsules in an open dish in the freezer and simply grabbed the number needed. Also, do take fish oil supplements with meals because taking fish oil (or any oil) on an empty stomach can cause an upset stomach. Likewise, you will probably want to avoid taking too much fish oil at any one time — the 20 gram daily dose can be broken down into three small doses taken throughout the day.
I like to think the new emphasis on healthy eating with MS is going to make for a new club: MS Hotties!
Best wishes all. We do need some humor occasionally. After you’ve tried a combination of an improved diet like the Swank diet and fish oil supplements, please let us know what you think.
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Copyright 2008 Rebecca Hoover
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