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    For those of you that take fish oil, what amounts of EPA vs. DHA do you take? From what I understand, DHA is more easily absorbed by the body and more important than EPA for brain and cardiovascular function. I am currently at a 1:1 ratio (Carlsons EPA/DHA oil supplemented with DHA capsules), and am curious about what others take and why.
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    There's no hard and fast precedent for this. Some applications call for higher EPA amounts compared to DHA, and others vise-versa.

    Supplementing DHA, on top of your fish oil to maintain 1:1 could be seen as over-thinking the whole thing. If that makes you happy, and makes you feel good, then more power to you. Otherwise, just take a high quality fish oil/cod liver oil, and don't worry. :-)

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      Originally posted by UndergroundNutritionist View Post
      There's no hard and fast precedent for this. Some applications call for higher EPA amounts compared to DHA, and others vise-versa.

      Supplementing DHA, on top of your fish oil to maintain 1:1 could be seen as over-thinking the whole thing. If that makes you happy, and makes you feel good, then more power to you. Otherwise, just take a high quality fish oil/cod liver oil, and don't worry. :-)
      Well, I am also increasing the DHA because I am currently trying to conceive, but besides that, I like to get the most I can out of the little supplementing I do, since they aren't cheap. If I am going to pay for decent supplements, I want to be sure I am getting what I need to out of them, which may be viewed as over-thinking.
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      • #4
        Nordic Naturals make fish oil capsules that focus on DHA or EPA (they also make them regular). For my money, NN makes the best fish based supplements out there.

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        • #5
          I take one tsp daily of Nutrisea liquid fish oil which is 500 mg DHA and 750 mg EPA.

          http://www.ascentahealth.com/products/human/nutrasea/

          Through Pure Check, Ascenta tests every batch of product and posts all results on its website. This is a third-party testing program to evaluate fish oil quality, purity and label claims.

          I also get a fair bit of omega 3 from fatty fish, flax oil and walnuts.

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            http://www.mindandmuscle.net/forum/i...pic=35202&st=0

            an interesting read
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