flaxseed oil vs. fish oil

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   Posted 9/18/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
what is better for the colon/colitis? what is the difference?
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

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   Posted 9/18/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
both are good, flax helps with fibre and fish helps with inflammation, take both.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4, what do you mean flax helps with fiber? You mean if it has lignans in it?

There are no studies explicitly testing flaxseed oil and colitis that I am aware of (they may have slipped under my radar under the terms Essential Fatty Acids). However, I have had great improvements taking flax every day.

Fish oil has mixed result-- non enteric fish oil will do little to nothing for colitis. Enteric-coated MAY help, and I take it every day.

Both have loads of other benefits, not to mention calories. I also take coconut and olive oil daily and have been doing better lately than ever, so I know that at least in the short term, they don't hurt and possible help.

good luck!

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.


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   Posted 9/18/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually yes, I should have clarified that although flax seed oil is an excellent add to anyones regime, it is actual flax seed that has benefits for fibre in ones diet/regime...I suggest you take both flax seed, oil and fish oils (omegas 3-6-9).
Flax Seed is High in Fiber: You’d be hard-pressed to find a food higher in fiber -- both soluble and insoluble -- than flax. This fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the intestines.


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