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    fish oil should you consume a day in supplements? My bottle says take 3 a day which is 3000 mg a day.

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    • #3
      Depends on how much O6 you are consuming..
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      • #4
        I like this as a good starting point. http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/

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        • #5
          The all-mighty Robb Wolf fish oil calculator! Praise him!

          The answer is going to be "as much as it takes to get the tissue concentration close to 1:1" and then after that it's going to be the equivalent of omega 6 consumed. If you have been consuming more omega 6 over the past few months than omega 3, you're going to want to tip the ratio in favor of omega 3. Cutting down on the omega 6 helps greatly. There are lab tests that can tell you your tissue ratio but I think that going by how you feel and doing some guessing is usually sufficient. A month or two of Robb Wolf's protocol should be good and then you just have to match omega 6 with omega 3. Definitely take the fish oil with a lot of fat like butter, lard or olive oil.

          Go by amount of EPA/DHA, not by amount of total fish oil. Some caps have 300mg combined EPA and DHA and some have as much as 700mg, even if it's 1000mg of total fish oil.
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          • #6
            I am 200lbs and it told me 8

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stabby View Post
              The all-mighty Robb Wolf fish oil calculator! Praise him!

              Then answer is going to be "as much as it takes to get the tissue concentration close to 1:1" and then after that it's going to be the equivalent of omega 6 consumed. If you have been consuming more omega 6 over the past few months than omega 3, you're going to want to tip the ratio in favor of omega 3. Cutting down on the omega 6 health greatly. There are lab tests that can tell you your tissue ratio but I think that going by how you feel and doing some guessing is usually sufficient. A month or two of Robb Wolf's protocol should be good and then you just have to match omega 6 with omega 3. Definitely take the fish oil with a lot of fat like butter, lard or olive oil.

              Go by amount of EPA/DHA, not by amount of total fish oil. Some caps have 300mg combined EPA and DHA and some have as much as 700mg, even if it's 1000mg of total fish oil.
              what about "other omega 3 oils"?? That's what it says in my bottle. 800 EPA 500 DHA 300 "other"...

              btw, could you take a look at my low-pufa diet plan.. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...e-I-got-it-now...
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              • #8
                Nice! you're a zealot! That's perfect. I forget if it was you that was taking the b-complex that had biotin or not. If so, good, if not consider a b-complex with biotin. If the eggs whites aren't cooked at least

                Other omega 3 oils can probably be counted. There are some intermediates between ALA and EPA and EPA and DHA and so I think that's what those might be. We should be able to convert them.
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                • #9
                  I'm not sure how much you should take, but I take about 900mg from GNC
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                  • #10
                    One good resource I found, concerning fish oil dosing, has been the book "The Anti-Inflammation Zone" by Dr. Barry Sears, who originated the Zone diet:

                    http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Inflammat...7328413&sr=1-1

                    Here, he recommends that healthy adults take 2.5 g of EPA+DHA per day, and that people with health concerns take 5, 7.5 or 10+ g of combined EPA/DHA per day, depending on which conditions/concerns you have. (Sorry, I don't have the book right now, so I can't list the specific doses for each condition.)

                    fwiw, Dr. Sears shares much clinical and anecdotal evidence that these doses that he recommends are effective at keeping a person healthy, or restoring health to the suboptimal.

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                    • #11
                      Using my weight of 250 lbs and the guide at http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/, I'm coming up with anywhere from 20-35 pills a day to get my recommended intake of omega-3. What am I doing wrong? thanks,

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by hugeshocker View Post
                        Using my weight of 250 lbs and the guide at http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/, I'm coming up with anywhere from 20-35 pills a day to get my recommended intake of omega-3. What am I doing wrong? thanks,
                        Probably nothing. When I first started O3 caps, I took about 40 per day. As my diet cleaned up, I lowered the cap dosage (I also eat sardines nearly every day, boosting the levels). It seems like a lot, but most of us are quite messed up.
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                        • #13
                          You can buy higher dose capsules--for example--NOW Foods has DHA 500 (I think they have EPA 500 as well) w/ 500 mg DHA and 250 mg EPA per capsule. GNC has Triple Strength fish oil that has around 550 mg EPA and 250ish mg DHA per capsule. (As compared to those fish oils that have only 180 EPA, 120 DHA per capsule...) I think it ends up being cheaper to buy them in this manner when you're doing higher dosages too.
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                          • #14
                            Don't get capsules, get liquid.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by healthseekerKate View Post
                              One good resource I found, concerning fish oil dosing, has been the book "The Anti-Inflammation Zone" by Dr. Barry Sears, who originated the Zone diet:

                              http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Inflammat...7328413&sr=1-1

                              Here, he recommends that healthy adults take 2.5 g of EPA+DHA per day, and that people with health concerns take 5, 7.5 or 10+ g of combined EPA/DHA per day, depending on which conditions/concerns you have. (Sorry, I don't have the book right now, so I can't list the specific doses for each condition.)

                              fwiw, Dr. Sears shares much clinical and anecdotal evidence that these doses that he recommends are effective at keeping a person healthy, or restoring health to the suboptimal.
                              Such a very amazing link!

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