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Why to avoid flax...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I did a forum search, and there were a lot of threads on flax. I tried sifting through some of it, but wasn't really getting what I'm after.

Is anyone well-versed enough on the matter to just drop some science on why flax Omegas (ALA, more specifically) are to be avoided?

Some sources or at least keywords to search out sources would be appreciated.

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:52 PM

"Throughout evolutionary history" From what I've heard there has been places and periods in history where fish consumption was high. I remember a documentary that stated that the early homo sapiens are believed to have originated in coastal areas. I think in west Africa, if I remember right. They for instance ate a lot of fish.

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on March 29, 2013
at 04:33 PM

That's what I said above. ALA conversion is low in humans and in other animals. DHA/EPA rich foods are that way because of bioconcentration.

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on March 29, 2013
at 03:03 PM

This is backwards. ALA conversion is poor in humans.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y

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on December 15, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Don't forget turtles!

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on December 15, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Or rather -- Lizard Eggs, Kola nut, etc....

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on December 15, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I hate nutritionism. Just when I think eating more fish is a really good thing, I read this, which makes perfect sense. Traditional African staples seem to be vegetables, tubers, fruit, honey, nuts, eggs, poultry, and ruminants, correct?

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on December 15, 2012
at 03:01 PM

So all the anti-flax is just anecdotal empty theory?

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on December 15, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Because it's bird food and we're not canaries!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 15, 2012
at 05:02 PM

And beware the phytoestrogens in flax which caused me to bleed heavily for eight weeks until I finally figured out the connection.

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on December 15, 2012
at 03:16 PM

My understanding from a 40-year MD who practices nutrigenomics is that human bodies really don't use plant Omega-3's. He doesn't believe that flax is necessarily bad, just useless to us.

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on December 15, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Throughout evolutionary history, ALA probably was humans primary source of omega-3s, not DHA/EPA which animals only convert in poor rates as do humans. Aside from seafood, there's scant DHA/EPA to be had in animals. Not exactly what you'll be finding in Africa where the bulk of human evolution has taken place. Unless you subscribe to the water monkey theory of evolution???

As for flax, it's a seed, not a grain, so I don't see why you couldn't eat it, in moderation of course.

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on December 15, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Don't forget turtles!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on December 15, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I hate nutritionism. Just when I think eating more fish is a really good thing, I read this, which makes perfect sense. Traditional African staples seem to be vegetables, tubers, fruit, honey, nuts, eggs, poultry, and ruminants, correct?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 15, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Or rather -- Lizard Eggs, Kola nut, etc....

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 15, 2012
at 11:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 29, 2013
at 04:33 PM

That's what I said above. ALA conversion is low in humans and in other animals. DHA/EPA rich foods are that way because of bioconcentration.

4739dfc454ee7d5b4a6c232984fb9fb9

(70)

on March 29, 2013
at 03:03 PM

This is backwards. ALA conversion is poor in humans.

63075669c2ec8cb6dab906c334c9b911

(112)

on May 02, 2013
at 05:52 PM

"Throughout evolutionary history" From what I've heard there has been places and periods in history where fish consumption was high. I remember a documentary that stated that the early homo sapiens are believed to have originated in coastal areas. I think in west Africa, if I remember right. They for instance ate a lot of fish.

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on December 15, 2012
at 08:09 PM

The conversion rate from ALA to the more 'useful' DHA is very small, so I think it is more likely to be oxidized (which is bad). There are some other good things in flax though, like lignans, that give me reason to eat it in small amounts.

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on March 29, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Although not a reliable source of information, I was reading the labels on protein powders at the grocery store today. And one of them mentioned that flax can interrupt absorption of B vitamins and even production of thyroid hormones. SHOCKING!!! I have yet to find any data to back this up, but it's still interesting to consider.

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:18 PM

The Better Flax is Camelina.

Balanced Omega 3 and 6. Lots of natural Vitamin E.

The body converts ALA to DHA as needed. ALA has great benefits when natural Vitamin E is present with it. Omega 3's really can't do their best work without good Vitamin E. The combination keeps the joints and connective tissue from degrading, it also builds the immune system and internally and topically helps the skin to glow, stop acne and redness.

It was found in the stomach of the Tollund man. 6,000 yr. old frozen Paleo original. THe Camelina was made into a porage.

I get mine here. http://www.seedoilcompany.com/whole-health-camelina.html

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