Dosage To Use
What is the
correct fish oil dosage to use? The
typical dosage is between 1 to 4 grams of fish oil daily. Most
individuals take 3 grams daily to promote general heart health and this
is suitable dosage to use for most adults.
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& How to Take It
for fish oil varies depending on the condition you wish to treat. The
dosage should be based on the amount of EPA and DHA found in fish oil.
This is because the amount and ratio of EPA and DHA varies
significantly among manufacturers.
The typical dose used to treat high cholesterol
/ triglycerides and most other conditions is between 1 - 4 grams daily.
used to reduce the risk of heart
failure is 1 gram daily.
Dosages up to
10 grams daily (divided into three
doses) have been used for treating depression.
suggest using 3 to 5 grams of fish oil daily.
much is too much?
Do not take
more than 4 grams daily unless you are
under the direct supervision of your healthcare provider.
1 gram of fish oil contains about 0.034 - 0.112 grams (34 - 112 mg) of
EPA and 0.015 - 0.062 grams (15 - 62 mg) of DHA. The ratio is usually
2:1. Commonly, 1 gram of fish oil will have omega-3 fatty acids
containing 0.18 grams (180 mg) of EPA and 0.12 grams (120 mg) of DHA.
The super concentrated omega-3 caplets may have up to 0.4 grams (400
mg) of EPA and 0.2 grams (200 mg) of EPA.
The best fish oil
supplements will clearly indicate the amount of EPA and DHA. Base your
purchase decision on the amount of EPA and DHA contents. The pills
usually include some vitamin E to prevent oxidation leading to spoilage
of the product.
manufacturers also use ultra purification methods
to ensure that their product is pure and free from heavy metal
has been discussion about buying only "pharmacy grade" or
pharmaceutical grade omega-3's. All fish oil sold for human consumption
is pharmaceutical grade.
Fish oil is proven safe to use in many hundreds of clinical studies.
When is the best time to take
is best taken with food or water. Pick a time of day that is easy for
you to remember so you won't forget.
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