It’s a commonly held belief that fish oil supplements, which are loaded with omega 3’s can help you live a healthier life. There have been countless medical studies to prove that fact. The problem that most people have had up to this point is that they just don’t know how much fish oil to take.
It seems like all the manufacturers of all the different supplements have their own opinions about what the proper dosage should be. So, we decided to explore all the confusion and settle the fish oil dosage dilemma once and for all. What is the proper dosage?
Can too much be bad for us?
As is the case with most any type of supplement, absolutes that can be defined for everybody simply do not exist. Your unique body composition, DNA, and body chemistry means that each of you will likely react differently to any sort of supplementation.
You should always conduct your due diligence before starting any sort of supplementation regimen.
There are a couple of factors that your ultimate fish oil dosage will consist of:
You need to the mass of actual Omega 3 fatty acids that are in the fish oil capsule or liquid you decide to take
Depends on your mass, body fat percentage, and your particular health conditions.
By now, I’m sure you are aware that the various fish oil supplements contain different measures of omega 3’s. The two most significant ingredients of all those that comprise the omega 3 essential fatty acids are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
DHA and EPA are strange bedfellows for sure. See RAD 140 before and after results if you can follow this brief explanation as to why. DHA is able to convert itself to EPA if the body needs more EPA, however this is a one-way street because EPA cannot morph into DHA. So, what does this mean?
It means that if your supplement of choice has a higher measure of DHA, then the lower the total dosage of fish oil you will need. Hopefully that’s clear!
So now you can begin to understand why it seems like all the different manufacturers recommend different dosages despite the fact that the size of the capsule is often the same from manufacturer to manufacturer. (e.g. 1000mg)
So, what if I have some particular health conditions?
Well, consider this. According to recommendations provided by the medical community and the American Heart Association, folks who suffer from high triglycerides will need to take a fish oil vitamin with somewhere between 2 and 4 grams of omega 3 essential fatty acids. For those of us who can’t remember our 3rd grade metric conversion lesson, that translates to a fish oil dosage of 2000mg to 4000mg.