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DHA and EPA how much do we need

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2013 at 4:29 AM

I know most tribal populations had access to fish, some of which have 2000 dha/epa every 6 ounces. Most fish oils only give 200-300 per caplet, i'd have to take up to 9 caplets to get near those numbers. My question is, why are people saying to tone it down on the fish oil, when its obvious our needs for these nutrients are much higher. Some input would be greatly appreciated :)

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Don't try to emulate a minority of HG tribes. The vast majority eat much less omega-3 and a healthy amount omega-6s.

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People fear fish oil in capsules because DHA is the most unstable and easily oxidized fat and EPA isn't much better. Personally I don't think it's a big problem as long as you get fish oil with enough vitamin E in it and store it in a cold dark area like the fridge. That being said, it really is best to get DHA and EPA from whole seafood. As for dosage, it depends on your diet and lifestyle. very low carb diets need less omega 3 fatty acids than diets with more carbs, and those who do endurance running on the scale of marathons or triathalons need more. then there's also the issue of omega 6 intake. The more omega 6 fatty acids you eat the more omega 3s you need generally.

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