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Fish Oil, how much??

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by brazboy, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. Kev07

    Kev07 Well-Known Member

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    i take 2 1000 mgcapsules a day from Spring Valley

    I'd take more but I can't afford it
     


  2. syracuse1976

    syracuse1976 Senior member

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    I've been taking 3-4 capsules of 1000mg Fish Oil USP (includes 300 of EPA/DHA) most days. I am uncertain if I "should" take more. I'm 6'2''/240 and lift and walk about 4 days per week. There seems to be a slight increase in my focus, mood and resiliency, but it might be the placebo effect.
     


  3. nordicstyle

    nordicstyle Senior member

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    I've been taking 3-4 capsules of 1000mg Fish Oil USP (includes 300 of EPA/DHA) most days. I am uncertain if I "should" take more. I'm 6'2''/240 and lift and walk about 4 days per week. There seems to be a slight increase in my focus, mood and resiliency, but it might be the placebo effect.
    I don't think it will hurt to take more, but also I'm not sure there will be any benefits from it. The only drawback is some extra calories and that is costs money. After all, it's only fat. BTW: I switched back to fish oil now and take 4 x 500mg capsules every morning. I also take multivitamins (with minerals) and vitamin C.
     


  4. syracuse1976

    syracuse1976 Senior member

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    Thanks, Nordicstyle. I might double it for a few days and monitor any changes.
     


  5. Nicholas

    Nicholas Senior member

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    What's wrong with eating fish these days?
     


  6. syracuse1976

    syracuse1976 Senior member

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    Nicholas,
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating fish these days. The difficultly is in eating enough--and the right kind and type of preparation--to obtain optimal amounts of Omega 3's. One would have to be very disciplined, moderately knowledgeable and adequately adventurous to do this successfully.
     


  7. syracuse1976

    syracuse1976 Senior member

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    Addendum: the same can be said about vitamin E and phytonutrients like resveratrol.
     


  8. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

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    The amount depends on the benefits you are seeking.

    For example, studies have shown that high amounts of EPA being taken daily can greatly benefit Crohn's disease patients. The amounts are somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.x grams...so that's around 12 normal 1000 microgram pills, I believe.

    Personally, I eat a shitload of fish each day and take ~4 1000 microgram fish oil pills.
     


  9. Nicholas

    Nicholas Senior member

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    Nicholas,
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating fish these days. The difficultly is in eating enough--and the right kind and type of preparation--to obtain optimal amounts of Omega 3's. One would have to be very disciplined, moderately knowledgeable and adequately adventurous to do this successfully.


    Sure, I'm just somewhat surprised the large intake of supplements in general.

    Below is an excerpt from a recent study (Mayo Clin Proc. 2008 Mar;83(3):324-32 ):

    Now, 2 meals a week can't possibly be difficult for anyone to manage, and as noted the only ones suggested to take additional fish oil would be due for those with a coronary artery disease.
    I would be vary of eating too much simply because of the downside effects.
     


  10. rxcats

    rxcats Senior member

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    I take 2000-3000mg of Kirkland Signature (Costco) Omega-3 Fish Oil most days. I started about 5 weeks ago. Any saturated fat they contain, in my opinion, is insignificant. The DHA/EPA ratio is proper and they are USP verified. I don't know a better value.

    I agree. I have been taking the Kirkland Signature Fish Oil 1000mg (omega-3 300mg) per capsule for many years. I keep increasing the dose. I now take 4 capsules twice daily with meals for a total of 2400mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily. I think I will stick with that dose. Never had any trouble with burping up fish taste, but I have heard that the freezer trick does help those that do. I used to take flax seed oil too, but didn't buy anymore when I last ran out. I think it is fine as an add-on, but it is no substitute; α-Linolenic acid conversion to EPA and DHA is quite poor.
     


  11. Reefbreak

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    You need to take as much omega 3 as to offset the abnormal amount of omega 6 fatty acids that you eat in the average day. Because domesticated animals are fed grains, it makes their omega 6 to 3 ratio really high, leading to a deficiency in omega 3. So basically you need to take enough to bring the ratio towards 3:1 or as high as 1:1 (omega 6:3). Meaning that you need to take quite large doses (I personally take 9gm/day) depending on how much fat you eat and if those animals are fed grains or not.


    - Jono
     


  12. syracuse1976

    syracuse1976 Senior member

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    Hi Reefbreak,
    Am I correcting thinking you take 9g per day of fish oil, not 9g of epa/dha?
     


  13. robertorex

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    reef,

    so if I'm understanding you correctly, the more fat you eat, the more fish oil you need to take?
     


  14. Reefbreak

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    syracuse: yes that's right 9 X 1000mg fish oil

    robertorex: yes. the more omega 6 fatty acids you eat the more omega 3 you should supplement. Things like vegetable oils , nuts and grain fed meat are all quite high in omega 6, so the more of these you eat, the more fish oil you should take.


    -Jono
     


  15. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    Fish oil does require a little bit of thinking, you should check your diet before buying your pills. Different brands have different ratios of EPH to DHA, so some will be better than others. Here in Korea, people have high EPH and low DHA in their diets, so almost nobody takes fish oil here, but many take DHA supplements/buy "DHA+" products.
     


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