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Fish Oils verses Flaxseed(Linseed) Oils

03/08/2013

Fish Oils have been noted in a number of scientific papers to be immunosuppressive and are in fact utalised post-transplant to aid in the necessity to suppress the immune system. Flaxseed Oils are less so, which is why I recommend them. Here are some quotes from journal articles to show why:

“In fact, concurrent FO administration with CsA actually enhances immunosuppression”

Kelley et al. (1989) Enhancement of Immunosuppression By Substitution of Fish Oil for Olive Oil As A Vehicle for Cyclosporine. Transplantation. 48[1]:9-14

“fish and flaxseed oil can reduce skin inflammatory responses in cats, however, flaxseed oil appears less immunosuppressive than fish oil.”

Park et al. (2011) Dietary Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil Suppress Inflmamation and Immunity in Cats. Immunopathology 141[3-4]:301-306

“omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. Important potential adverse effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation include altered platelet function, gastrointestinal adverse effects, detrimental effects on wound healing, lipid peroxidation, potential for nutrient excess and toxin exposure, weight gain, altered immune function, effects on glycemic control and insulin sensitivity, and nutrient-drug interactions”

Lenox & Bauer (2013) Potential Adverse Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Dogs and Cats. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 27{2}:217-226

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