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How will I know if Fish Oil is having a positive benefit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2011 at 11:46 PM

I've always been really reluctant to take any kind of supplements, however, I'm starting to think maybe fish oil and vitamin D might be a good idea, especially now it's coming into winter.

I've got this Fish Oil http://primalblueprint.com/products/Vital-Omegas.html and am planning to take it throughout May as a trial (perhaps 30 days isn't a long enough trial?).

My question is this: - How do I know it's working? What differences should/ might I notice?

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on April 29, 2011
at 12:06 PM

Thanks Allie, this is a great idea. It will work great for me as I'm looking into fish oil for mood/feeling of wellness above all other.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:16 PM

This is where I'm gravitating. A balance is essential. Overcompensating is a total evolutionary novelty, though. I'm not convinced we're adapted to deal with such a huge load of highly-reactive PUFAs in supplemental quantities.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Does it concern you that having too much PUFA intake, even if balanced, could lead to too much oxidative damage to the PUFAs and by extension to DNA? Those suckers are pretty allyl reactive.

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:12 AM

Thanks Becker, makes sense now why it would take a while to make a difference. If I notice any improvements with sleep I'll definitely keep taking it. In fact, all of the benefits you mentioned sounds great!

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 27, 2011
at 11:59 PM

A 30 day trial probably isn't long enough because the PUFAs are incorporated into phospholipids in your cell membranes where they have a fairly long half-life before being used up. It also depends on your food intake. Lots of pork and poultry or olive oil or avocado oil consumption will sabotage your efforts to reach a 3:6 balance.

It may be hard to notice a difference because it takes such a long time, at least a couple of months, to recycle your membrane PUFAs. It won't be like a "night and day" kind of thing like cold-turkeying to a Paleo-type diet is.

Some things to look for: improved mood, improved complexion (a too high 3:6 actually harms complexion, though), increased mental acuity, better sleep, more energy, better immunity/disease resistance, decreased blood pressure.

I've kept an eye on my own 3:6 intake, supplementing with fermented CLO when a have a high omega 6 day. After a few months of this, I think I'm feeling some benefits. Most notably, my sleep has improved, and my mood is excellent. I feel "in control" at all times. Again, because so many variables have changed in the months since I started monitoring my PUFA intake closely, it's hard to say what has led to these improvements.

Anyway, those benefits are off the top of my head. There are probably more benefits to look for. Anyone else have anything to add?

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on April 28, 2011
at 07:12 AM

Thanks Becker, makes sense now why it would take a while to make a difference. If I notice any improvements with sleep I'll definitely keep taking it. In fact, all of the benefits you mentioned sounds great!

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:29 AM

9g? That's almost 2 tbsps?

Please check the most recent negative publicity regarding n-3 supplementation:

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/...427111232.html http://www.ahealthblog.com/201104255...sociation.html http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/conten...wr027.abstract

N-3 linked to cancer. Did they get that right? Pretty alarming. I still think fatty acid balancing is necessary. But I think a teaspoon is adequate 1.6g. And the key is to balance by lowering both your n-6 and n-3 PUFAs! they're both PUFAs and the lower the better. In other words, keep your n6 low and keep your n3 dose low. Not make up for the mega n-6 dose by increasing n-3.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:16 PM

This is where I'm gravitating. A balance is essential. Overcompensating is a total evolutionary novelty, though. I'm not convinced we're adapted to deal with such a huge load of highly-reactive PUFAs in supplemental quantities.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Perform an experiment:

  • Stop taking the fish oil
  • Keep everything in your diet and lifestyle constant (exercise, work, etc)
  • Perhaps record your mood, energy, overall feeling of 'wellness' on a 1 - 5 scale everyday for a couple weeks
  • Then, start taking the fish oil again.
  • Record mood, energy, and overall feeling of wellness.
  • Note any differences before and after
  • Tada! You now know if it made a difference.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on April 29, 2011
at 12:06 PM

Thanks Allie, this is a great idea. It will work great for me as I'm looking into fish oil for mood/feeling of wellness above all other.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Your ultra sensitive crp should drop with consistent use and your triglycerides should also fall. It is dose depenedent and most people need a lot more than most docs prescribe. I take between 9 grams and 15 grams per day based upon my quarterly blood draws

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Does it concern you that having too much PUFA intake, even if balanced, could lead to too much oxidative damage to the PUFAs and by extension to DNA? Those suckers are pretty allyl reactive.

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B9b76c30366c142e323049db109ca4ac

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I recently started supplementing with omega-3 fish oil. I'm using the Kirkland brand recommended by Robb Wolf's site. I've not been able to stomach any others. Within a few days, my mild acne cleared up and my face is much smoother.

Yes, I know all about the recent studies that have been released, but it seems one minute something is good for you, the next it's bad, then it goes back to being good for you. I'm starting to think no one really knows and we're all just guessing. I hate any type of seafood and liver, so I'm just going with what works for me right now.

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Follow this link to Dr Davis' Heart Scan blog. There are 50 postings regarding fish oil.

http://www.heartscanblog.org/search/label/Fish%20oil

When you get to the bottom of the first page, click older posts for more info that you may want.

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