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# Fish Oil Math: how do you calculate your dose?

Created March 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Sorry...I know I should know this by now, but I'm suddenly second-guessing myself. For those of you who take fish oil caps, when figuring out your dose do you base it on total mgs of EPA/DHA or total mgs of plain ole fish oil. In other words, if I'm told to take "6,000 mgs fish oil a day", I figure on 6 caps, but that only actually gives me roughly 1,800 mgs EPA/DHA in the oil I have available. To get 6,000 mgs of EPA/DHA, I'd need to pop 20 caps a day.

I'm fine with either, but am wondering what the recommendations actually mean.

Anyone know?

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on March 24, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I strongly reccomend you read this before overdosing on fish oil. http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2011/1/29/n-3-supplementation-recommendations.html Corn oil + alcohol causes cirrhosis in rats. So does fish oil + alcohol. Saturated fat + alcohol does not. http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/12/cirrhosis-and-fish-oil.html

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on March 24, 2011
at 01:11 PM

They all seem to have Vitamin E in them. Some just don't list an amount in comparison to the RDA. I bought a liquid one yesterday (blah). It didn't say the amount, but per teaspoon you get much more EPA, so I am just going to suck it up!

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on March 23, 2011
at 03:27 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamins) with such amounts as 40 capsules.

(2399)

on March 23, 2011
at 03:18 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamines) with such amounts as 40 capsules.

(2399)

on March 23, 2011
at 03:17 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamine) with such asmounts as 10 capsules.

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on March 23, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Dr Davis has 50 postings on fish oil. Be sure to read them all by clicking "older posts" at the end of each page. http://www.heartscanblog.org/search/label/Fish%20oil

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on March 23, 2011
at 01:41 PM

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on March 23, 2011
at 01:07 PM

http://www.heartscanblog.org/2008/12/getting-your-dose-of-fish-oil-right.html

Take a look at Dr Davis' blog. It may help you determine how much EPA/DHA to take.

(9948)

on March 23, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Dr Davis has 50 postings on fish oil. Be sure to read them all by clicking "older posts" at the end of each page. http://www.heartscanblog.org/search/label/Fish%20oil

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on March 23, 2011
at 01:41 PM

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on March 23, 2011
at 01:18 PM

http://whole9life.com/fish-oil/

Read the FAQ before going all hog wild on dosages.

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on March 23, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I prefer to judge how many capsules I need to take by whether or not they make me go to the bathroom. According to the Whole9's FAQ when you take too much your body will tell you so and thus end up going to the bathroom.

So, if I can maintain a consistent workout schedule/regimen, as well as consistent number of sleep hours, then I know I'm taking just the right amount of Fish Oil if I don't have to run to the bathroom.

Not an exact science really but hey, I don't want to be taking 18+ capsules a day either.

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on March 23, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I calculated mine yesterday on the new whole 9 calculator. 40 capsules required. 2 capsules provide 67% of the Vitamin E per day, multiply that by 20. A little concerned considering that my Vitamin D has quite a bit too. Be careful!

(2399)

on March 23, 2011
at 03:18 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamines) with such amounts as 40 capsules.

(2399)

on March 23, 2011
at 03:17 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamine) with such asmounts as 10 capsules.

(2399)

on March 23, 2011
at 03:27 PM

You might want to use "just" fish oil (not cod liver, not fish oil with added vitamins) with such amounts as 40 capsules.

(1354)

on March 24, 2011
at 01:11 PM

They all seem to have Vitamin E in them. Some just don't list an amount in comparison to the RDA. I bought a liquid one yesterday (blah). It didn't say the amount, but per teaspoon you get much more EPA, so I am just going to suck it up!

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on March 23, 2011
at 12:46 PM

I would say to supplement whatever you're taking in fish oil with some fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna just to make it easier to stomach, and more fun.