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  • How much omega 3 fish oil should you have each day?

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  • #2
    There is another thread almost exactly like this right now...try searching the forum for it
    I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

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    • #3
      You need as much omega 3 to balance out the omega 6 in you diet. So it's equally important to limit the amount of foods high in omega 6 such as nuts, seeds, poultry, pork and vegetable oils. I try to limit my O6 to 5 grams a day, which only require about 1 T of fish oil to make 1:1 ratio.
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      • #4
        Avoid chicken and pork? Get the heck out of here.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mikebike View Post
          Avoid chicken and pork? Get the heck out of here.
          Well if you are getting conventional meat, then you shouldn't eat much of the fat from those animals. It's really high in PUFA's and since it's CAFO meat, very high in O6 and virtually no O3. Lean cuts are perfectly fine though.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
            You need as much omega 3 to balance out the omega 6 in you diet. So it's equally important to limit the amount of foods high in omega 6 such as nuts, seeds, poultry, pork and vegetable oils. I try to limit my O6 to 5 grams a day, which only require about 1 T of fish oil to make 1:1 ratio.
            Supposedly how it would work if we were born yesterday. For those trying to normalize the ratio within their tissues, they usually have a whole whack of omega 6 and little omega 3 in their tissues if they haven't been taking tons of fish oil or living in a fishing village. Hence the ALMIGHTY ROBB WOLF FISH OIL CALCULATOR. Praise him.
            Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

            Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stabby View Post
              Supposedly how it would work if we were born yesterday. For those trying to normalize the ratio within their tissues, they usually have a whole whack of omega 6 and little omega 3 in their tissues if they haven't been taking tons of fish oil or living in a fishing village. Hence the ALMIGHTY ROBB WOLF FISH OIL CALCULATOR. Praise him.
              His calculator doesn't take into account the amount of PUFA's already in your diet though. I think that's very important and the whole basis of my new experimental diet (which I have yet to report results). It's pointless if you are eating tons of sardines canned in soybean oil...
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              • #8
                Ah, you mentioned nothing about conventionally grown pork and chicken in your original post rphlslv.

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                • #9
                  True and so a little thought is definitely necessary. He'd be advising his clients to try to keep it relatively low on the omega 6 side anyway so the mega dose of fish oil with like 5g of omega 6 tends to bring the tissue ratio to equilibrium within a month or two and then they can reduce it to a more reasonable amount. Higher degrees of fish oil activity are for athletes who need results fast and for the sick and dying who likewise needs it
                  Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                  Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                    True and so a little thought is definitely necessary. He'd be advising his clients to try to keep it relatively low on the omega 6 side anyway so the mega dose of fish oil with like 5g of omega 6 tends to bring the tissue ratio to equilibrium within a month or two and then they can reduce it to a more reasonable amount. Higher degrees of fish oil activity are for athletes who need results fast and for the sick and dying who likewise needs it
                    What sort of "results" are these athletes after? Stabby you thought me a lot hehe.
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                    • #11
                      It's like efficient of energy metabolism. Food goes in, leptin goes up but if it can't hit the brain due to inflammation then they're not going to have as much energy available per calorie ingested or brought out from storage than they would have. Same goes for insulin resistance and carbs. So Robb Wolf being a world-class trainer wants to get his athletes as metabolically healthy as possible but he doesn't have months and months to do it, they're working out multiple times a week.
                      Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                      Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                      • #12
                        One thing I learned is that we can think, calculate, research, fret ourselves to death about nutrition. Yeah, I've been there.

                        Now I just don't sweat the details. i.e., what kind of sardine or salmon is it and golly how much PUFA in that conventional chicken vs. the organic and on it goes. You can't avoid PUFA's. Even beef has some.

                        Avoid the obvious very bad sources, grain oils. Take 3-4 grams of fish oil a day. Done.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
                          Well if you are getting conventional meat, then you shouldn't eat much of the fat from those animals. It's really high in PUFA's and since it's CAFO meat, very high in O6 and virtually no O3. Lean cuts are perfectly fine though.
                          I'm sorry, I should probably be able to figure it out, but I can't... What does CAFO stand for? I'm very interested in Omega-6 to -3 ratios right now, as I've had onset of some scary auto-immune symptoms since starting Primal, and I think omega-6s are to blame. Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kalewoman View Post
                            I'm sorry, I should probably be able to figure it out, but I can't... What does CAFO stand for? I'm very interested in Omega-6 to -3 ratios right now, as I've had onset of some scary auto-immune symptoms since starting Primal, and I think omega-6s are to blame. Thanks!
                            CAFO stands for concentrated animal feeding operations, aka grain-fed/factory-farmed.
                            In any event, poultry and pork are by nature high in PUFA's and high in O6, so even if you are getting pastured, there's not much of an improvement in that department. I don't mean to say that it's unhealthy, because it obviously isn't, but as someone who is experimenting with omega balances I tend to avoid them these days.
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                            • #15
                              A question about the Robb Wolf calculator....if I make the very safe assumption that my O3/6's are out of whack, I would start out with a dose for the 'unhealthy' (even though I haven't eaten grains/ junk etc for several months) and then after a few months cut back to 'healthy' dosing levels?

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