MachineGhost wrote:Considering I'm even higher than that, I feel more confident about such a dosage now.
Yes. Should be fine as you even things out over the short term.
Btw, in 2010, Masterjohn wrote a great piece on the dangers of too much fish oil...
Chris Masterjohn: Precious Yet Perilous
Kresser gets a lot of his EFA recommendations from Masterjohn, and Kresser passed the info along to his readers here a few weeks later...
Chris Kresser: When it comes to fish oil, more is not better
Definitely read the piece from Masterjohn, but keep in mind that he's updated some of his findings in his PUFA report this year (which I haven't read).
MachineGhost wrote:Leaving aside taste considerations, I think eating that much fish is neither fun nor affordable.
In terms of affordability, wild fish is certainly more expensive. But, I've recently become a fan of Faroe Island farmed salmon. It's much more affordable, but it's nothing like other farmed salmon. Definitely worth researching as it is sustainable and about as good as farmed can be. Eat fish two or three times a week and you're in good shape.
In terms of taste, well you need to make it taste good. One really needs to find a way to incorporate more seafood in the diet in order to balance Omega 3:6 in today's high n-6 world without overdosing on fish oil. Personally, I've really enjoyed Rick Stein's Complete Seafood
cookbook. Great photos, steps and relatively easy recipes.
MachineGhost wrote:But he does bring up a good point of absorption. I would never take an esthyl ester form of fish oil as it is unstable and not the natural state found in fish (triglycerides). The latter is not as common in the marketplace nor necessarily inexpensive or concentrated, but it can be found. I haven't updated it in a year or more, but I maintain a spreadsheet comparing many different forms and brands of fish oil as to the net absorption kinetics of EPA/DHA vs its cost.
He has a great post on the top fish oils he recommends...
Chris Kresser: The definitive fish oil buyer’s guide
MachineGhost wrote:Yes, but its not a bad phytoestrogen. It helps detoxify harmful estrogens to protect the prostate. Since prostate BPH/cancer starts in men in their 30's, its not something to only worry about only when it becomes a serious problem 35+ years later (by which time its too late!). Aside for helping to thicken my smoothies a bit, I don't think I'll miss it. I'll keep the remaining on hand to continue to use as an egg replacer.
Got it. Good to know.
MachineGhost wrote:I'm familiar with MCT oil since it provides ketones for a glucose-intolerant brain -- very useful for ameliorating Alzheimer's Disease. I am hypersensitive to tiny amounts of MCT though, get liver pain and/or naseua.
I've heard that some MCT oils are derived from canola oil. Not sure how they could do that (since canola oil doesn't really have MCTs in it, afaik). Anyway, a good MCT oil should be only derived from coconut oil. And whether you buy MCT oil or coconut oil, they need to be "Direct Micro Expelling" (DME) coconut oils. DME is a cold process and requires fresh coconuts that aren't dried and stored in moldy warehouses.
My sense is that you just needed to start with a smaller dose of coconut oil or MCT oil and work your way up to whatever amount you want to tolerate. Dr. Mary Newport explains in her FAQ on Alzheimers...
Dr. Mary Newport wrote:If you take too much oil too fast, you may experience indigestion, cramping or diarrhea. To avoid these symptoms, take with food and start with 1 teaspoon coconut oil or MCT oil per meal, increasing slowly as tolerated over a week or longer. If diarrhea develops drop back to the previous level. For most people, the goal would be to increase gradually to 4-6 tablespoons a day, depending on the size of the person, spread over 2-4 meals. Mixing MCT oil and coconut oil could provide higher levels and a steady level of ketones. One formula is to mix 16 ounces MCT oil plus 12 ounces coconut oil in a quart jar and increase slowly as tolerated, starting with 1 teaspoon. This mixture will stay liquid at room temperature.
MachineGhost wrote:However for sake of the argument, why would I want to give up the medium-chain saturates that make coconut oil healthy and temperature stable for cooking? And what about the missing lauric acid which is a large part of coconut oil's benefits? AFAIK, caprylic acid is just useful against candida overgrowth in the vagina or intestine.
I only recommended MCT oil in the off chance that the pharmaceutical grade MCT oil is high enough quality to avoid a reaction to whatever was in the last batch of coconut oil you tried. People use one or the other for different effects. For instance, Dr. Newport recommends a combination of MCT oil and coconut oil for Alzheimer's.
MachineGhost wrote:Are you sure there's no MSG/umami involved with this? Foodstuffs does not just normally "taste better" without that kind of neurotoxin involved.
Yeah. I'm 99% sure. It's an odd phenomenon with those medium chains. Nobody seems to know why it happens just yet. And some people have noticed flavor enhancing properties with coconut oil as well. The people who recommend MCTs are well aware of the dangers of MSG — particularly those with brain problems who rely on the benefits of MCTs.
Your body won't tolerate that long term either (due to oxidation), so only use it to adjust your levels. Your best bet seems to be to reduce n-6 during this time as well and avoid ALA for its inefficiency.
Yessir! But, you do realize how very little LA I'm already eating to begin with? Sheesh.
Yeah, and I'm no longer worried about your LA after realizing that too much LA shouldn't raise AA levels. My mistake. I was thrown by the blood test saying your LA was high. I guess high LA doesn't really matter in terms of AA, but maybe it matters in terms of oxidation? No idea. I suppose, for all we know, the test could have been inaccurate.
Anyway, I really believe it was the inefficiency of Flax oil to EPA/DHA that screwed up your numbers. My guess is you'll be fine in a few months now that you're on the right track.
Nothing I say should be construed as advice or expertise. I am only sharing opinions which may or may not be applicable in any given case.