So my doctor has ordered me to take fish oil capsules. What's the vegan version? Flax oil?
Flax seed is very good, a great source of fiber, good for cleansing the liver. The short fall would be you still need to take the flax seed oil for the Omega 3's, by only eating the flaxseed you will not get enough Omega 3's.Originally Posted by lekawa
It's true that Flax seeds contain only the pre-cursor to Omega 3's (ALA) and I was told once by a doctor that humans don't convert ALA to Omega 3's very efficiently (supposedly chickens do). I decided he was full of it (or rather, that most humans eat a lot of un-natural foods and chemicals and medications etc...that may be why they don't covert ALA to Omega 3's efficiently) and since I'm very careful about what I eat, maybe my body can convert it just fine. So I've been grinding my own flax seeds along with quinoa every morning for breakfast, not only for the Omega 3's, but also as a way to make sure I get a good dose of protein every day.
As far as the Omega 3 effect, I feel certain that it has been very helpful to me. I was dealing with hormonal issues, and mood swings, and PMS, and fuzzy thinking, etc... and don't have those issues any more. Of course there are other things I've done as well which might be part of the benefit (i.e. regular mild aerobic excersize, no more coffee, no tras fats -which counteract Omega 3's, no high fructose corn syrup, and clean filtered water instead of tap water
I did all of these things simultaneously so I guess you can draw your own conclusions. I will say though, that when I've gone a week or so without my flax/quinoa cereal...like when I'm on vacation...I do seem to notice not feeling as well.
Note to anyone who wants to experiment with the flax/quinoa cereal:
Grind your own flax seeds in a coffee grinder just before use. Otherwise you will lose the benefit of the healthy ALA fat (it breaks down very quickly...and this is why I don't buy flax seed oil or pre-ground flax seeds...I know the beneificial fats are volitile and have probably lost their benefit before I buy it)
Refrigerate your seeds until you use them.
Add a little vanilla soy milk into a bowl of water for sweetness and microwave till hot
Then add ground flax/quinoa (full on cooking of the flax itself will also break down the ALA, making it useless)
Add fruit (I use blueberries and banana) to make it taste good, otherwise it will be very boring and you won't want to eat it.
One last note: If I was having serious anxiety, depression, psychosis, ....I mean anything intolerable, I'd forget about being vegan and go straight for the fish oil and (or pharmaceutical grade Omega 3's, in which you wouldn't have to worry about mercury content) Suffering aint fun, and I'd be taking the quickest route out of it!