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EPA and DHA Content in Udo's Oil Blend


#1

I see quite a few people have recommended Udo's Oil Blend as the fish oil of choice. I've looked at the nutrition label online and see the breakout of omega-3, 6, and 9 but there is no breakdown of how much of the omega-3 is EPA and DHA.

Does anyone know how much EPA and DHA is contained in a serving?


#2

ZERO. The omega 3 in flax seed (which Udo's contains) is ALA (alpha linolenic acid). But don't worry, from ALA the body can make EPA and DHA.

ALA has 18 carbon molecules, EPA has 20, and DHA has 22. DHA is the LEAST dense fat. But that's probably more than you wanted to know.


#3

It's a good practice to take both however. Some flax seed and some fish oils. Overall I prefer fish oils though.

I'm not a HUGE fan of Udo's except when you're eating VERY little fat. I'd rather load up on more Omega 3's to balance out the other bad fats in my diet.


#4

it doesnt have any. udo oil is from plants. epa dha is from animal oils/fats or eggs.


#5

greatgo, that isnt entirely true. Although we CAN convert LA to EPA/DHA the conversion is extremely inefficient. I belive it it less then 10% and I have seen it as low as 5% for males.

This means that at a 10% conversion rate you would need 20 grams of flax oil to yield one gram of EPA/DHA.

For that reason it is MUCH better to get ur EPA/DHA from fish oil.


#6

ACTrain, as has been correctly stated, Udo's Choice and plain ol' flaxseed oil, both, contain neither EPA or DHA. The body converts LNA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid aka Omega 3) to EPA and then DHA at a conversion rate of about 25 to 33%. That assumes that the enzymatic machinery that makes the conversions is working properly.


#7

Hrm Tampa, the conversion rate I quoted seems to be much lower then yours. I will check my sources as you always seem to remeber details like that fairly well (so I am probably wrong)

From what I have heard it is also extremely variable so no solid number has ever been really put to it.


#8

blam, yes, let me know. If you can't find anything one way or the other, I'll see if I can find the source for my numbers. It's probably in my EFA Bible, "Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill."

Re the conversion rates being different from person to person, you're right. I pinned Udo Erasmus down on that one, and he said that how well a person converts LNA to EPA and DHA has more to do with diet than genetics. Check out the things Udo said increased the conversion of LNA to EPA & DHA on http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=547482