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E.F.A.


#1

I really am in a bit of a budget crunch. What cheap alternatives are there for me to get a rich source of EFA's in a good ratio, palatable would be nice. Should I just find a way to afford Udo's or Hemp or should I buy a grinder and get whole flax seeds?


#2

Where do you live? Some local animal feed stores offer cracked flax seed for very cheap. Sam's Club has 300G fish oil for about $8. Again, depending on where you live, could you fish? Fishing is not an option here, but there are other advantages like grass fed beef and chickens for cheap.


#3

When my budget is really tight, I buy whole organic flax seeds in bulk. I grind them up in the blender with my shakes. It is actually a great way to increase your fiber intake. They usually run 1-2$$$ a lb. They are not a balanced form of 3,6,9,efa's but on a budget I'll take what I can get. Hope this helps.


#4

Definitely buy the flax seeds in bulk if you need to save money. At the local whole foods I can buy whole flax seeds at about .69 cents a pound. All in all I get almost a months supply of flax seeds for about 5 bucks!


#5

Worth noting for when you get some more funds: Wal-Mart recently started carrying rather cheap Tonalin CLA.


#6

Well, at the drug store you can get a can of salmon which is loaded with Omega 3 DHA & EPA EFA's for $0.89 cents. That also includes over 80 grams of protein. Can you beat it ?


#7

Just wanted to add that 3 tablespoons of flax seeds provides a whole crap load of fiber. 10 grams per serving I believe.


#8

my fish oil pills, 1 gram with 300mg DHA/EPA are 3cents each. 20 a day is 60 cents. I don't think that's too expensive. I don't like flax seed because it has omega 6's. I can get omega 9's from olive oil. laters pk


#9

A six ounce can of albacore tuna has 3+ grams of EFA. Cheap, too.