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can I overdose on Omega 3?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I'm 51 years old, been Paleo for over a year now and really happy with my weight control, improved muscle to bodyfat ratio but am a bit concerned about my recent blood pressure rise so: For three weeks now I've been increasing my intake of a high quality Krill oil, Cod Liver oil and high EPA/DHA fish oil to offset my intake of redmeat & other subquality meats. I eat grassfed at home & as often as I can, but due to my required business travel decent grassfed or quality seafood isn't always available.

I've been taking 1000mg Krill Oil, twice daily; 500mg Cod Liver Oil, twice daily & 500mg Fish Oil once a day.

I haven't noticed any changes either good or bad. No bloody noses or anything like that, so just wondering if I keep this up....?

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on March 14, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Thank you Dr. Kruse, what is the test called to test for my o6,o3 ratio?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:27 PM

I've written a blog on it.....read it. http://www.jackkruse.com/is-fish-oil-good-or-bad/

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on March 13, 2013
at 09:52 PM

Dermatitis. I believe very strongly it contributed to this. The timing was all too coincidental for my liking. I had fairly dry skin to start with but rather than focusing on upping my overall fat intake, I went and threw my omega balance out of whack and started popping back a few off-the-shelf supermarket variety fish oil tablets a day that no doubt would have been causing oxidized stress to my body. You live and learn but I hope other people can approach with more care than I did!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on March 13, 2013
at 09:37 PM

http://metabolichealing.com/key-integrated-functions-of-your-body/gut/the-painful-truth-about-omega-3-fatty-acids/

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Such as...? How much oil is "excessive"?

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:16 PM

@cutbert, personally I would drop the tablets and go for fish once or twice a week. Then you can ignore both factors

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Was it dry skin/eczema?

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:00 AM

LOL!!! 1 gram of cod oil Causing vitamin A overdose?

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Lumifer -- I meant wrt overdosing on drinking fat not the O3 content.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Barlean's fish oil capsules.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:47 AM

@Cutbert Read the labels -- how much vitamin A are you getting per day?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Superhuman awesomeness is a pretty good reason to take that much, Travis. :)

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Where are you getting those 8 grams of fish oil from? Sources?

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Ok, so with that cod liver oil and taking Carlson's Vitamin D drops I guess I don't need to be supplementing Vitamin A also? Not to get away from the original question about the O3's, I've never measured my O6's but I know it has to be high.

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:34 AM

There's no reason to take that much fish oil at all.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:27 AM

"Fish Oil is basically the same as drinking olive oil. It's just fat." -- um, not exactly. The point of fish oil is supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA. Note that these are PUFAs. In any case, if I were Cutbert I'd be concerned with overdosing on vitamin A via the cod liver oil...

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Be careful with excessive fish oil.......it can cause many medical problems.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Such as...? How much oil is "excessive"?

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 13, 2013
at 09:37 PM

http://metabolichealing.com/key-integrated-functions-of-your-body/gut/the-painful-truth-about-omega-3-fatty-acids/

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

(155)

on March 14, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Thank you Dr. Kruse, what is the test called to test for my o6,o3 ratio?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:27 PM

I've written a blog on it.....read it. http://www.jackkruse.com/is-fish-oil-good-or-bad/

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I personally like a relatively high dose of fish oil for myself (when I can be bothered to take it). I felt awesome on upwards of 8 grams fish oil per day. Can't see any problems with 3.5 grams of the variety of fish oils, other than Krill is a little expensive and overhyped.

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Where are you getting those 8 grams of fish oil from? Sources?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Barlean's fish oil capsules.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:11 AM

You are probably fine, I serioulsy doubt you will overdose at that level.

Truthfully, I have never understood the math behind fish oil. Here's how I understand it.

3000 mg of various fish oils is 3 g of fat and 1 g saturated fat

which is the same as 1 oz of Salmon

So if you eat one serving ~ 6oz of salmon a week you get basically the same benefit of taking all those fish oils....

Edit: Fish Oil is basically the same as drinking olive oil. It's just fat. You cannot overdose on it any more than any other form of fat...

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

(155)

on March 13, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Ok, so with that cod liver oil and taking Carlson's Vitamin D drops I guess I don't need to be supplementing Vitamin A also? Not to get away from the original question about the O3's, I've never measured my O6's but I know it has to be high.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:00 AM

LOL!!! 1 gram of cod oil Causing vitamin A overdose?

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 13, 2013
at 01:47 AM

@Cutbert Read the labels -- how much vitamin A are you getting per day?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Lumifer -- I meant wrt overdosing on drinking fat not the O3 content.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on March 13, 2013
at 12:16 PM

@cutbert, personally I would drop the tablets and go for fish once or twice a week. Then you can ignore both factors

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 13, 2013
at 01:27 AM

"Fish Oil is basically the same as drinking olive oil. It's just fat." -- um, not exactly. The point of fish oil is supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA. Note that these are PUFAs. In any case, if I were Cutbert I'd be concerned with overdosing on vitamin A via the cod liver oil...

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:22 PM

That's a pretty high dose you're taking. I'm 48 & I have autoimmune disease (celiac) and find that a modest therapeutic dose (1 to 2 g/day) reduces aches in my joints. If I had access to more and better fish, however, I'd probably just eat it 4 or 5 times a week. Besides the article by Kresser, you might want to poke through this info.

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42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

on March 13, 2013
at 03:50 AM

The question is, do you really want to keep it up in the long term? It may not be that much dosage wise or whatever in the short term, but that's 5 extra pills you are popping there each day and IMO, I'd try and minimise your need to take so many supplements in the long run because you are becoming dependent on synthetic supplementation as opposed to natural sources found in food.

Just like a lot of oils though, fish oil can become unstable and go rancid from oxidization and this can cause an inflammatory response in the body.

Chris Kresser did a good article of the potential risk associated with overdosing on fish oil supplements and all the hype around it: http://chriskresser.com/when-it-comes-to-fish-oil-more-is-not-better

To be quite honest, I think people get far too caught up in trying to 'offset' omega fats. I was popping fish oil like a nutter last year under this same belief that I could 'offset' the omega 6 fats from all the nuts I was consuming. Seriously, call me crazy because I do looking back!! I believe it's what caused me a sudden onset of skin problems.

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Was it dry skin/eczema?

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 13, 2013
at 09:52 PM

Dermatitis. I believe very strongly it contributed to this. The timing was all too coincidental for my liking. I had fairly dry skin to start with but rather than focusing on upping my overall fat intake, I went and threw my omega balance out of whack and started popping back a few off-the-shelf supermarket variety fish oil tablets a day that no doubt would have been causing oxidized stress to my body. You live and learn but I hope other people can approach with more care than I did!

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