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    Hello there,

    I do not really like fish, so I eat it maybe once a week. For this reason, I would like to start taking omega 3 fish oil supplements, but I do not know where to start. What is the quantity I should be looking for in terms of EPA/DHA? I can't spend more than like CDN$30 per month for this at MAX. I saw Costco sells them through kirkland brand but a lot of review say the ratio epa/dha is low and I would need to take like 8 pills a day....not quite sure understand how this ratio works of epa/dha!

    One of my concern is when I was maybe 15, I started taking them to higher my concentration level and all I had were fish burps and I wanted to puke...and i stopped taking them 2 weeks after starting. Is there a way to avoid this at all?

    I am currently in the process of weight loss if it changes anything and I need to lower my triglycerides also.

    Thank you for your input everybody. This is a great community!

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    Personally I'm skeptical of them. EPA/DHA are the most fragile fatty acids of all, and the notion that they can sit on a room temperature shelf for months intact is a little dubious. My advice would be to experiment with canned seafood until you find a preparation you like, e.g. albacore and salmon can be blended with cream cheese, scallions, and spices and used as a cucumber dip or omelet filling. Anchovies and sardines can be blended into soups.

    I'm not convinced that o-3 megadose is ideal anyway--we might get more benefit from o-6 reduction.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by primalcanadian View Post
      Hello there,

      I do not really like fish, so I eat it maybe once a week. For this reason, I would like to start taking omega 3 fish oil supplements, but I do not know where to start. What is the quantity I should be looking for in terms of EPA/DHA? I can't spend more than like CDN$30 per month for this at MAX. I saw Costco sells them through kirkland brand but a lot of review say the ratio epa/dha is low and I would need to take like 8 pills a day....not quite sure understand how this ratio works of epa/dha!

      One of my concern is when I was maybe 15, I started taking them to higher my concentration level and all I had were fish burps and I wanted to puke...and i stopped taking them 2 weeks after starting. Is there a way to avoid this at all?

      I am currently in the process of weight loss if it changes anything and I need to lower my triglycerides also.

      Thank you for your input everybody. This is a great community!
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      • #4
        The fish oil sold in softgels can be a little sketchy. You don't know if it's gone rancid or not.

        I'd go for something higher quality if you can afford it that's not in in softgels. I get Coromega, and also hear people swear by Carlson's, but it seems kind of pricey.

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        • #5
          My advice would be to experiment with canned seafood until you find a preparation you like

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          • #6
            Originally posted by picklepete View Post
            Personally I'm skeptical of them. EPA/DHA are the most fragile fatty acids of all, and the notion that they can sit on a room temperature shelf for months intact is a little dubious. My advice would be to experiment with canned seafood until you find a preparation you like, e.g. albacore and salmon can be blended with cream cheese, scallions, and spices and used as a cucumber dip or omelet filling. Anchovies and sardines can be blended into soups.

            I'm not convinced that o-3 megadose is ideal anyway--we might get more benefit from o-6 reduction.
            This. It continues to amaze me that people are willing to spend $30/mo for something that is not food and is highly processed when they could suck it up and find a way to get past their preconceived ideas and enjoy seafood. Have you tried smoked oysters in a salad? Making your own caesar dressing with anchovies? Get creative. $30 a month could buy you a lot of good real food with other nutrients in it too, (like protein and stuff), so you really would be saving more than just the $30.

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            • #7
              Fish oil is such a scam product. You can get omega 3s from grassfed meat, dairy and eggs. Eat some sort of seafood once a week and you will be fine. The amount of omegas you need to survive can be had eating nothing but plant foods so you certainly dont need fish juice to get them. The far superior option would be limiting any source of pufa in your diet not from pastured animal products.

              I still laugh (and cry) about the days when everyone was superdosing fish oil from 10-40g a day.

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              • #8
                Fish oil is bad for you:
                The Great Fish Oil Experiment

                Also, the recent research shows it's ineffective.

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                • #9
                  Good Grok! I'm agreeing with both Zach and Fierce in one thread!

                  Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  • #10
                    So should I look to balance out omega 3/6 ratios while trying to keep total PUFA intake low because they're both bad?

                    I'm a confused noob.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jasperb View Post
                      So should I look to balance out omega 3/6 ratios while trying to keep total PUFA intake low because they're both bad?

                      I'm a confused noob.
                      You only need a little of each. Some people strive to achieve the proper balance by supplementing the O3 side especially if they eat supermarket meat and seed oils. This is like saying lots of Hail Marys to balance out your sins.

                      It is better to work on bringing down you O6 level (Grass fed meats, no seed oil, no grains) and get some healthy O3 from seafood.

                      Hope that helps.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, that does help.

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                        • #13
                          Fish and other types of seafood have consistently been shown to correlate with many positive health benefits and outcome.

                          The problem is that the health benefits of eating fatty fish has led to the extrapolation that eating isolated fish fats provide the same benefits. This is very dangerous thinking. While it's certainly plausible, it should be tested thoroughly and for long periods...which is very expensive and takes so long it almost can't help us.

                          Eat wild, fatty fish. If you don't like fish, then just really try to avoid Omega 6's.

                          Note: Do NOT seek out Omega 3 "enhanced foods", like eggs or oils. These are not natural and should be avoided. Just because natural Omega 3s appear to be very healthy, doesn't mean artificially raising Omega 3 levels by feeding chickens Flax makes those eggs healthy.

                          I'd rather have an egg that eats bugs out of poop than flaxseed.

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                          • #14
                            I visited a lower end supermarket yesterday and was astonished at how much canned seafood
                            - boasts omega-3 content
                            - is packed in soybean oil


                            Read dem labels!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                              This. It continues to amaze me that people are willing to spend $30/mo for something that is not food and is highly processed when they could suck it up and find a way to get past their preconceived ideas and enjoy seafood. Have you tried smoked oysters in a salad? Making your own caesar dressing with anchovies? Get creative. $30 a month could buy you a lot of good real food with other nutrients in it too, (like protein and stuff), so you really would be saving more than just the $30.
                              One of the most sensible posts I have ever read. thanks.

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