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Posted by Chris1 on November 14, 2000 at 02:06:07:

I am glad that you found it interesting. PG3 is obtained from omega-3 oils, best sources of which are flax and even better fish oils.

If you are looking for natural anti-prostaglandins then there is nothing better than omega-3 fatty acids. Best source of which is flax and fish or fish oil, fish oil will give you everything that you want from flax in a form that can be directly used by the body.

Here is some stuff that I quote and would answer many of your queries:

"it is important to get the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 right if you are going to take it to reduce inflammation.. This information might make you think twice about using to much Omega-6 in your diet. Research into disease, shows that a higher serum level of Omega-6 fatty acids may in fact be very bad for you.

Omega-3 Not Omega-6 is now being used in the treatment of Inflammatory Disease, Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis, IgA Nephropathy ( kidney disease ), Epilepsy and Behcet's Disease and Others with some success, research is still ongoing. Studies in progress include a larger, long-term studty in lupus nephritis and dosing studies in diabetic nephropathy and hemodialysis."

"People who are treating an inflammatory disease with EFA's. Acording to research, should take a much higher dose of Omega-3 to Omega-6. A ratio of perhaps 5:1 infavour of Omega 3."

"Food sources of omega-3 FA include canola and soybean oils, flaxseed, fatty fish (such as herring, mackerel, salmon and trout), fish oils and fish oil concentrates, flaxseed, provide an alternative dietary source of omega-3

Being highly unsaturated, omega-3 fatty acids are susceptible to peroxidation but adequate vitamin E intake might prevent oxidative changes. Food sources of vitamin E are, vegetable oils and almonds. In other words a small amount of Omega-6.

If one were to take flaxseed ( which has the richest natural source of lignans) in place of Fish Oils one would not have to worry about the Vit E, as Lignans are believed to posess anti-oxidative properties and would thus inhibit lipid peroxidation as well as retard
oxidation-induced inflammatory responses. On the issue of fishoils V flaxoil, in terms of the serum levels of the beneficial ingredients. It apparently matters little which you take to attain these levels. For instance one can take flax seed oil but the dose required to attain the same seerum levels is about three times that of fish oil."

Take care.


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: Very interesting info, Chris. The one place I lost you was in regard to PG3, because you said that EPO only contained 1 and 2. Where would I get the PG3 then (to counteract the bad #2)? I noticed that when I took Anaprox for my menstrual cramps (another anti-prostaglandin) that I would feel a general sense of well-being (less depression, calmer, less body pains, etc.) The only drag was that I would often get a headache at the base of the back of my neck the next day, which I was told was some gland where the drug collected in my system (probably where my system was trying to get rid of the drug). I don't want to take drugs every day, but I sure would love to find a natural alternative. I do eat 2 heaping tablespoons of ground flax seed most every day and eat salmon and other fish a couple of times a week or more. Do you think I should take the flax seed oil in addition (or instead)? Any other suggestions for natural anti-prostaglandins? (I've heard that wine is one also, but I hate wine.)
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