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OMEGA-3 OVERLOAD??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I have developed a new love for sardines due to their tastiness, great nutrient profile and easy storableness (new word, copyright). This got me thinking about my Omega-3 intake in a few senses:

1) Could there be any harm to having too much O3 in my diet? All I've heard is that, if I get cut, the blood won't stop (prevents blood clots)

2) Am I wasting $$ if I am taking my daily Fish Oil as well as sardines (BPA free, in water) 2-3 times/week AND salmon (wild Alaskan) 1-2 times/week? I know the standard is to have fish twice a week, but then again, we aren't the type to listen to USDA standards :)

3) I also work out often and have heard it is beneficial for muscle repair/growth. Would this be necessary after a workout providing my post workout meal does not include fish?

On top of this, I believe my Omega-6 intake is pretty low (grass fed beef, limited nuts [mostly almonds], eggs from local farmer). Does my body need daily O3?

Maybe I only take Fish Oil the days I don't have either sardines or salmon? Maybe I only take one pill instead of two on the days with fish? Maybe you are not helpful at all and tell me to not worry about it? FYI I'm not worried, just curious and truly enjoy learning. Thanks!

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Ya maybe I'll just take it down to one a day

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Hmmm interesting...makes me want to continue supps ha

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:59 AM

You're not getting too many omega-3s.

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on March 19, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Hello fellow sardine lover! I eat a tin a day. I am pretty much addicted and boy, my colleagues at work hate me for it (they suffer the whiffs through the office at lunchtime)! haha..suckers

I'd ditch the fish oil. I cut them out last year since I was consuming plenty of O3 naturally and have felt better for it. Spend your money elsewhere. It could throw your O3:6 balance out of whack, because believe it or not, we do need some O6 in or diets and all this hype about balancing O6 by taking fish oil is taken too far by some people. The off-the-shelf fish oil supplements are most likely rancid/oxidised anyway.

This was discussed recently: http://paleohacks.com/questions/184928/can-i-overdose-on-omega-3/184947#184947

You are eating plenty of fish in your diet that you'd have no need to supplement.

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on March 19, 2013
at 10:03 PM

If you're eating that much real fish you don't need to be supplementing with fish oil.

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on March 20, 2013
at 01:10 AM

Btw, I eat fish twice a day (lunch and dinner) and have not hit my ceiling on it in terms of performance enhancement.

Have not tested upper limit. Maybe will do so this week and report back.

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on March 20, 2013
at 12:51 AM

Am also wondering what ceiling on O3. There was this one time I casually popped half a bottle of fish oil capsules like candy (it was a decent sized bottle), and felt unjustifiably super-euphoric the next day. Like I've never felt in my life. Had an involuntary grin on my face the entire day that I could not hide or wipe off.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on March 20, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Hmmm interesting...makes me want to continue supps ha

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on March 20, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Given your diet, I don't see why you'd need to supplement fish oil, unless you perform well with that amount (I like supplemental fish oil myself).

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on March 20, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Ya maybe I'll just take it down to one a day

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