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Fish Oil Dosage: How Much Fish Oil
Do You Need?

How to Get the Right Fish Oil Dosage

If your bottle of fish oil says 1,000 mg on the front, don’t relax just yet! That’s the weight of the capsule, NOT the Omega-3 in it.

FISH OIL DOSAGE TIP: 1,000 mg of Omega-3 and 1,000 mg of Fish Oil are not the same!

Typically 1000 mg of regular fish oil has just 300 mg of Omega-3. 300 mg is JUST ENOUGH to cover up Omega-3 deficiency symptoms.  To get the real benefits of the research, you will need 3 to 6 regular fish oil pills.

Or you can try a pharmaceutical grade fish oil pill, like OmegaVia, that has 1105 mg Omega-3 in each pill.  That way, you just need one pill a day. Two OmegaVia pills equals more than 7 regular fish oil pills.

Pharma grade fish oils get you the benefits with fewer pills.

Minimum recommended dose:  500 mg of Omega-3 per day.

For Optimum Health: minimum 1,000 mg Omega-3 per day.

Omega-3 deficiency-related conditions: 2,000 mg or more Omega-3 per day.

Health Condition

Recommended Omega-3 Dosage (mg/day)

Heart Disease 1000 mg Omega-3 per day
High Triglycerides 2000 to 4000 mg per day
Arthritic Joints 2000 mg Omega-3 per day
Depression 2000 mg Omega-3 per day
Rheumatoid Arthritis 2000 mg Omega-3 per day
Skin Disorders 1000 mg Omega-3 per day
Asthma 2000 mg Omega-3 per day
Diabetes 2000 mg Omega-3 per day
Blood Pressure 2000 mg Omega-3 per day

Easy dosage:
1 OmegaVia pill = 1105 mg Omega-3
2 OmegaVia pills = 2210 mg Omega-3

Pharmaceutical grade fish oil OmegaVia Comparison

American Heart Association
Fish Oil Dosage Recommendation

    • 1,000 mg of Omega-3 if you have heart disease.
    • 2,000 to 4,000 mg per day if you want to lower triglycerides.

Source: American Heart Association

 

American Psychiatric Association
Fish Oil Dosage Recommendation

    • All adults should eat fish at least twice week
    • Patients with mood disorders and impulse control should consume 1,000 mg/day of Omega-3
    • Supplements are suggested for patients with mood disorders (up to 9,000 mg per day.)
    • Talk to your doctor if you take more than 3,000 mg/day.
    • EPA Omega-3 was more effective than DHA Omega-3

Source: Food & Behaviour Research – American Psychiatric Association Omega-3 Fatty Acids Subcommittee

 

National Eye Institute
Fish Oil Dosage Recommendation

    • 1000 mg Omega-3 per day

Source: National Eye Institute
Source: US National Institute of Health: ClinicalTrials.gov

As more medical and government bodies issue official Omega-3 recommendations, they will be posted here.

Harvard Medical School doctor, Andrew Stoll, MD, said this about Omega-3:

“Every so often, scientists really do discover a substance of transformative power, one with the ability to cure the previously incurable and improve the quality of life for the rest of us. Omega-3 fatty acids — a component of simple fish oil, once so prevalent in our diet but now largely absent — could be such a substance.”

So keep taking your Omega-3 pills.  Even a little goes a long way.


Fish oil dosage Author: Vin Kutty About the Author: Vin Kutty is OmegaVia’s Scientific Advisor and Chief Blogger. He is a nutritionist, author, and Omega-3 expert with over 20 years of experience.


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fish oil March 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

I take 600 mg per day and it’s enough for me.

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David April 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for clarifying how to adjust the dosage to maximize health (and in my case, health with a view toward longevity
I teach dance (Ballroom) and own a studio called Dance Pizazz with my wife, and we compete…so every little bit of maximizing health and vitality adds up. Are there any compound benefits of taking with L-Arginine, Co-q10, or resveratrol?

Thanks again for a great article.

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Omegavia April 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

Hi David – Arginine, CoQ10 and Resveratrol and good supplements to take for heart health. Resveratrol is showing a lot of promise but has less science behind it than the other two.
- Vin

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Lana October 15, 2012 at 5:22 am

How much EPA per day and DHA per day should a 5 year old child be getting.

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Vin Kutty October 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi Lana – 500 mg should be enough, assuming the kid isn’t eating a lot of sugar, processed foods and vegetable oil. These three things will increase the child’s need for Omega-3.
- Vin Kutty

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SHARON November 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I need Omega 3 for mental health and I am taking Omega 3…3, 6, 9 and do not feel like it is helping. I take 10 a day.

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Vin Kutty November 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hi Sharon – you need at least 1000 mg of EPA Omega-3 for mood and mental health. You will not get that from any Omega-3-6-9 formula. Even with 10 per day, you may not get what you need. I suggest you stop taking that product and look for a high-EPA formula listed here: http://www.omegavia.com/favorite-fish-oil-brands-part-2/

Also see this for other mood related supplements because deficiencies other than Omega-3 can cause mood issues: http://www.omegavia.com/supplements-for-depression-anxiety/

- Vin Kutty

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FATIMA December 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

How much Omega-3 with EPA DHA should a pregnant be getting?

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Vin Kutty December 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Hi Fatima – I would suggest a minimum of 1000 mg of EPA and DHA per day. But at least 900 mg of that should be in the form of DHA. After the 5th or 6th month of pregnancy, I would increase it to 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day.
- Vin Kutty

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Falk January 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

Hey there ! ,
I want to ask how much Omega 3 I should take per day to make my brain smarter ? Im a Teenager.

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Vin Kutty January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

Hi Falk – you need to get about 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day. But I’m not sure if it will make you smarter…while you are at it. May I suggest avoiding sugar – Coca cola, Pepsi etc. Sugar harms your brains more than Omega-3 can fix.
- Vin Kutty

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joseph January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hello Doc, I recently bought 2 types of omega-3 oils / 1 as 90mg of
EPA and 450mg of DHA. The other one has 360 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA. My question is – would it benefit me to combine these to get a 1000mg of DHA and a 1000 mg of EPA a day ? / Also, should they all be taken at once or thru out the day, because of the high amount of oil going into the digestive track ??

Thank you!

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Vin Kutty January 6, 2013 at 12:34 am

Hi Joseph – You don’t need to combine them to get 1000 mg per day…but you can until the bottle is finished. In the future, just go with the 360 mg EPA + 240 mg DHA supplement. Just take 2 or 3 of those per day or whatever Omega-3 dosage your health goal requires. I’d pass on the high-DHA item – it’s best for pregnancy. You can take them all at once if you are used to it. Some people have difficulty with fish oil if their diet has been poor and are not used to digesting healthy fats. A few pills of fish oil is a not a high amount of oil – it is much, much smaller than what an optimal human body is designed to handle. The key thing is to take it with the largest meal of the day.
- Vin Kutty

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Dave January 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hi Vin,
I have high triglycerides and have been taking 2 capsules per day that include 1280 mg of omega 3s with 650 mg of EPA and 450 of DHA. This has not impacted my triglyceride level, so now they have me taking gemfibrozil, which I’d really like to get off of. Prior to the gemfibrozil my fasting TG was 500, now its usually around 130. From your chart it looks like I should at least double my fish oil intake. But doesn’t fish oil “thin” the blood like aspirin does? What are the risks, generally speaking, at the suggested dosage?

Thanks

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Vin Kutty January 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Hi Dave – there is very little risk of blood thinning at recommended doses. In addition to doubling your dosage, you may also want to use a more concentrated oil.

- Vin Kutty

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Ten January 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

How many capsules of Omega 3 1000mg concentrated with 300mg omega 3 fatty acids should a 15 year old take per day to stay healthy? Btw, I have the “kirkland signature” one. And if I take 1 a day, will it have a good effect on my body?

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Vin Kutty January 22, 2013 at 12:44 am

Hi Ten – I would suggest that you take 3 pills per day with a meal. These are not very concentrated, even though the labels says so. 300 mg of Omega-3 per 1000 mg of fish oil is 30% strength. That’s weak. 60% is better. OmegaVia is 90% strength. So once you finish this bottle of fish oil, I suggest you go for something stronger.
- Vin Kutty

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Oscar Estela January 22, 2013 at 1:35 am

For brain repair for a 15 year old husky kid (180 pounds) how much DHA and EPA should he take?

Also for hodking linfoma cancer could this help?

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Vin Kutty January 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi Oscar – Omega-3 dosage in children really depends on diet. If he is eating a lot of junk food and fast food, he will probably need 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day. Otherwise, 1000 mg per day should be fine. Instead of just giving the child Omega-3, I would strongly suggest getting rid of soda, sugars and junk food. Given his age and weight, my guess is that he is heading for diabetes very soon.

I don’t know if Omega-3 can help with Hodgkins lymphoma, but taking some Omega-3 will definitely keep you healthier.

- Vin Kutty

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Shannon Kelly January 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

Hoping to catch you coffee’d up!

I can appreciate your infinite wisdom and experience when it comes to nutrition, something I’m in the process of learning, on my own time, with less than a year experience.

I’m considered a healthy individual, adhere to a year round competition diet with occasional “cheat meals” throughout the week and maintain an active lifestyle.

Today, I just purchased 1,500 Omega-3 Fish Oil:
800 EPA / 500 DHA / 200 Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids

I do maintain a regular weekly intake of fish in my diet, in your opinion, is a teaspoon (the recommended dosage) considered “enough” for me? Also, is there a way to “substitute” the fish oil in place of eating fish? Or is it best to maintain a balance of both the fish oil and fish itself?

Thank you for your continued Inspiration!

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Vin Kutty January 28, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hi Shannon – late in the day for coffee! ;-)

Is that EPA/DHA breakdown for a liquid fish oil or capsule? You can’t permanently substitute fish oil for fish. Oily cold water fish is always better – there are so many other nutrients that fish provides that you can’t find in supplements. I’d say maintain a balance. Eat fish at least as often as you have a ‘cheat meal.’

- Vin Kutty

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Shannon Kelly January 28, 2013 at 1:00 am

The EPA/DHA breakdown is for a liquid fish oil – lemon taste!

I will definitely maintain the balance between eating fish and taking the fish oil, this supplement is new to me so appreciate your input! : )

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maria February 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I am a diabetic that take insulin 45 mg , take losartan once a day, amlodipine once a day, metformin once a day. I take omega 3 1000 mg once a day. Is this ok if I am and taking it all at the same time when I eat?

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Vin Kutty February 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi Maria – yes, it is OK to take 1000 mg of fish oil at the same time as your meals. I would suggest increasing your dosage to 3 pills, always taken with a meal. You are not getting enough Omega-3 with just one pill.

- Vin Kutty

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Mina February 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hello-
I take Synthroid for hypothyroidism. Is it safe to take fish oil with Synthroid? Do I need to wait a certain amount of time between taking the two?

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty February 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hi Mina – yes, it is safe to take both synthroid and fish oil but you should not take fish oil or any foods for 30 minutes to an hour after taking thyroid medications. This will reduce the absorption of the thyroid medication.

- Vin Kutty

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Katherine February 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I just purchased 1000mg w/400mg EPA and 300mg DHA. I have been taking 3 a day per the recommended daily dosage. I am 320 pounds and I’m taking them to aid in my weight loss. How many pills should I be taking to receive the maximum benefit of Omega-3?

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Vin Kutty February 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi Katherine – you are taking the right dosage. No need for more. Besides reducing inflammation and triglycerides, Omega-3 itself will not reduce weight. There are several reasons why people gain weight. But eating less and exercising more is not the answer to losing it. Eating low-fat foods is also not the answer. Look into Paleo diet – it is not as much a diet as a radical re-thinking of what is food and what is not. It is not easy. But it will be worth it. Start with getting two books – The Perfect Health Diet by the Jaminets and Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Read both books cover to cover. Excess weight is not the problem – it is a symptom. If you truly want to get better, you treat the root cause, not the symptom. These two books will teach you what the root causes are. Hope this gives you a starting point.

- Vin Kutty

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Katie February 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi,

My 3-year old son has JRA (arthritis) in both knees and is taking diclofenec twice a day. He has been on fish oil (Nordic Naturals), taking about 640mg/day. We just increased his dose to around 1900mg/day (split up into 2 doses, 1.5 ml/am and 1.5ml at night in hopes of decreasing his meds but are now noticing a lot of bruising on his legs. We are having his blood tested today and have just added the pttinr test to check for blood thinning. Could you tell me what a safe dose of fish oil would be for a 35 pound 3-year old? One ml has 640ml, thank you!

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Vin Kutty February 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi Katie – I have children of similar age. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you and him.

1900 mg of Omega-3 is a LOT for a 3-year old. Is it helping? If not, I’d back off a bit.

Try putting him on a 100.000% wheat-free diet. Look into Paleo. Get two books – The Perfect Health Diet by the Jaminets and Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. I have heard of way too many people whose auto-immune issues went away after dropping gluten and going on a paleo diet.

- Vin Kutty

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Smita February 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I have been taking a Omega-3 1000mg supplement for about a month now. Yesterday I developed a subconjuctival bleed… area of blood in my eye under the conjuctiva. The Dr says its common and can occur without any specific reason etc.. and will resolve spontaneously. But, I think its due to the blood thinning action of Omega 3. Does any of your studies cover this aspect? Would like to know more about effects/ side effects of these supplements. Thank you in advance!

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Vin Kutty February 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hi Smita – you would need to take 30 or 40 of those pills per day to notice a blood thinning effect. Your doctor is right. One pill contains 300 mg of Omega-3. Slightly increased nose bleeds were noticed at 12,000 mg per day. That’s 40 pills per day.

- Vin Kutty

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Jo February 14, 2013 at 3:12 am

My 18 yr old son has been on concerta 27mg now since
Primary school, he now wants to stop taking his
Concerta, I have been advised for him to take omega
3 1000mg and Brahmi, (not certain of the Brahmi’s
dosage though!
what do you think?
Can you suggest something to use instead of the Concerta.

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Vin Kutty February 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hi Jo – please don’t take this the wrong way – I am not a doctor. And I am not your son’s doctor, so I am neither qualified nor permitted by the government to dispense medical advice. And what you’re asking me is a medical question. This is a discussion that you/he/doctor need to have together.

Having said that, here is what I always tell mothers of kids with ADHD (ironically, fathers never seem to write to me about this!): talk to your son about changing his diet. Think about a Paleo diet that’s free of sugar, grains (especially wheat), vegetable oils and processed foods. Nothing that comes in a box or has a UPC code. In other words, lots of veggies, meats, seafood, fruits, nuts, eggs and traditional fats like olive oil and butter. In addition to that, make sure he is taking a high-EPA pharma grade Omega-3 supplement, magnesium, Vitamin D3 and a multivitamin that contains zinc and selenium. In more than half the people I talk to, this diet and supplement routine removes the need for medication. But this diet is not easy. Most parents choose the easy route and go with the meds. It’s also possible that this diet may not do anything for him. But you owe it to your family to give it a fair shot.

Hope this helps.
- Vin Kutty

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RWM February 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

I am presently taking omega-3 fish oil and krill oil. The combined value is as follows:
EPA = 900 mgs
DHA = 335 mgs
Total EPA/DHA = 1235 mgs
Phospholipids = 460 mgs
Astaxanthin = 1.03 mgs

Do the Phospholipids in krill oil facilitate the overall absorption of EPA/DHA into your system?

Also, does it matter whether fish oil derives from oily fish, such as anchovies, sardines, and mackerel, as opposed to fish like cod, pollock, haddock, and hake?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hi again, RWM – no, the phospholipids only facilitate the absorption of the Omega-3 fatty acids molecularly bonded to them. Taking phospholipids with fish oil will not change the absorption of the fish oil Omega-3. Even the Omega-3 found in krill oil is not all phospholipid bound. Only about 40% of the Omega-3 in krill oil is phospholipid-bound. The rest of it is either free fatty acids or triglyceride form, which are different. Free fatty acids are well absorbed, but go rancid easily. Triglycerides form is not as well absorbed as phospholipid form. Translation: krill oil is great…but is a horrible waste of money given that fish oil have more Omega-3 and cost 10 times less per mg of Omega-3.

Source of fish oil only matters in oils that are in the 25-30% Omega-3 level. Once oils are purified to 70% or more, you’re basically dealing with a handful of molecules, mostly EPA and DHA. Then the source of fish is immaterial. Unless of course you’re talking about Salmon – it has an issue with Arsenic, which requires some additional purification steps. Otherwise, sardine, anchovy, pollocky, hoki – no difference when you’re talking about 90% pure oil.

- Vin Kutty

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RWM February 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Vin, thanks for the information. Most helpful.

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RWM February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Vin, I have the impression that you are not terribly impressed with krill oil products and would opt, instead, for high grade fish oil products. Am I missing something, or is that a fair statement?

I had always thought that Phospholipids and Astaxanthin, in conjuntion with the omega-3, was what made krill oil it so unique and beneficial. Was I wrong?

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Vin Kutty February 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Hi RWM – I would prefer to take a concentrated fish oil over a krill oil supplement any day.

Phospholipid is good by itself. Same for astaxanthin. But as I said before, only about 40% of the Omega-3 in krill is phospholipid bound and better absorbed.

Example: there are 90 mg of Omega-3 in a MegaRed Krill oil pill. Only about 36 mg of that is phosphoplipid bound. Given that you need 1000 or 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day, why would you pay 10X premium for 36 mg of phospholipid-bound Omega-3? Makes absolutely no sense to me. But it is marketed wonderfully and the pills are tiny, so people will buy.

My suggestion: eat egg yolks for phospholipids and take an astaxanthin pill along with your concentrated fish oil pill.

- Vin Kutty

- Vin Kutty

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RWM February 22, 2013 at 2:22 am

That’s great advice, Vin.

I had already begun a separate astaxanthin regimen of 4 mg daily. I’m going to follow your recommendation and drop the krill oil. I may double my omega-3 intake from 1,000 mgs daily (EPA = 750; DHA = 250) to twice that. I’ll play that by ear.

I am very impressed with OmegaVia, will try it, and, if I like it, will switch to it. The numbers (94% EPA/DHA) blow away anything else I’ve come across.

Thanks for the assist!

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joie Lynn February 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

SO thank ful I have ffound this site I have high triglecerides and want to lower them I have a norwegian salmon oil with epa and dha in it it says that each capsule has 1 gram (1000) mg omega -3 fatty acids 750 per 2 soft gels including EPA 360MG and DHA 250 mg so I am not sure if this is a good supplement or not and how many soft gels do I need a day to lower my triglecerides any advice will be appreciated I want to get healthy as my parents have both had tripple bypass surgeires by 60 and I am 43 time to get health y:) thanks Joie Lynn

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Vin Kutty February 24, 2013 at 4:35 am

Hi Joie Lynn – it looks like one capsule has 375 mg of Omega-3 per capsule. You need at least 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day. So you need 8 of your pills per day. You need something much stronger.

- Vin Kutty

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joie Lynn February 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

thank you very much I will be looking to order some stronger capsules thanks so much have yourself a great week and thank you for your time that you give to helping others :)

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Tom February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I take a fish oil supplement that has 150 mg EPA and 430 mg DHA along with a plant oil blend of oregano, thyme, clove, sage and cinnamon oils. Also, each capsule includes 800 mg of Vitamin D. I take two per day. I’m curious as to your thoughts of that combination of oils and its health benefits? Thank you.

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Vin Kutty March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Tom – you’re taking WAY MORE DHA than I would. See this: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-omega-3-dha-and-your-brain/

I see no reason to take the blend of plant oils. If it is doing wonders for you, ignore my opinion. Otherwise, toss it. 800 IU of Vitamin D is low. Take at least 2000 IU per day, especially in winter and early spring.

- Vin Kutty

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Tom March 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

Thanks for the quick response. I should clarify that the omega 3′s, plant oils and vitamin D is all one capsule. It’s quite the unique blend.

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Teddy March 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

For the last 3 months I am taking DHA-EPA 2700 mg per day and feel much better in my joints.Already for several years I use spirulina (10 g per day) and Chlorella (5 g per day). How much DHA-EPA is in Spirulina-Chlorella as I would not like to overdose taking it together with fish oil ?
Last question: how long can one stay on 2700 mg of DHA-EPA ?
Thanks ,

Teddy

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Vin Kutty March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Hi Teddy – there may be very small amounts of EPA and DHA in spirulina and chlorella. Taking that algae will not push you over the top on dosage. 2700 mg Omega-3 per day should be fine – I would not take more. If you’re getting the same benefits at 2000 mg, back off to 2000 and stay there.

- Vin Kutty

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Joseph March 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hello Vin. It sounds like I take the same capsule Tom does which combines the omega 3′s with the plant oils and vitamin D. I read your response and link for taking more EPA than DHA. While the article is very clear, I’ve also read info that promotes more DHA than EPA. Along with so many other supplements its noticeable that the opinions and science seem to vary. How does one determine which advice to follow? By the way, why don’t you like the plant oils? Much thanks for the website and your thoughts and opinions.

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Vin Kutty March 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi Joseph – if you re-read my posts on why OmegaVia is high in EPA, you will note that I have also suggested a high-DHA supplement for some segments of the population. What you need depends on your life stage and health goals. Opinions may vary, but science builds on previous science and is fairly constant. Plant oils like Flaxseed oil contain ALA Omega-3 which is not easily converted to usable EPA or DHA. But mostly, seed oils from soy, corn etc. are exceedingly high in Omega-6 – this contributes to inflammation, chronic disease and artificially increases your need for Omega-3. Ideally, we should not get more than 3 or 4% of our daily calories from Omega-3 and 6. When it is higher than 4%, you start seeing toxicity issues from Omega-6. But most of us get about 10% of calories from Omega-6.

- Vin Kutty

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Charlotte March 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

What do you think about coconut oil as a way to lower blood lipids. Some people swear by them vs fish oils. I have some people that use both. Thank you.

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Vin Kutty March 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hi Charlotte – coconut oil has something called medium chain triglycerides. They are, shorter fat molecules than fish oil fats like EPA and DHA. About half the fats in coconut are these medium fats and the science on them is certainly positive. Enough so that I MAKE SURE I eat some coconut fat every day. As a matter of fact, I make my shakes using coconut milk. It should not be coconut VERSUS fish oil. You body needs Omega-3 from fish. Use both! I have no idea why someone would choose one over the other!

- Vin Kutty

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Lynda March 11, 2013 at 5:44 am

how does this product compare to Coromega?
Thanks.
Lynda

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hi Lynda – the biggest difference is that OmegaVia is a capsule and Coromega is a flavored ‘squeeze’ that you can spread on other foods or take directly. OmegaVia has 1105 mg of Omega-3 while Coromega has 650 mg. If you have difficulty swallowing pills and don’t like eating fish, then Coromega is a good choice. It’s also well-absorbed. But if swallowing pills is not a problem, you may be better off with OmegaVia or another pharma grade fish oil capsule.

- Vin Kutty

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Subramanya March 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Vin
I really appreciate your patience and knowledge in answering the queries

Please suggest the dosage of of Omega 3 with EPA + DHA combination for healthy male ,female and 12 year old boy

Regards
Subramanya

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Vin Kutty March 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hi Subramanya – there is no one ideal formula for the three groups you mention. For adult male and non-pregnant adult female, a daily dose of 1000 to 2000 mg Omega-3 with an emphasis on EPA should be fine. For the 12 yo boy, 1000 mg should be OK. Should adult female become pregnant, things change – then, the EPA-DHA balance should be tilted towards DHA.

- Vin Kutty

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carole riegle April 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Dr.Oz suggests to buy an omega 3 capsule with at least 600 mg of dha in a 1,000 total omega 3 capsule. This is hard to find. I am 80 yrs and have atheroscerosis in my arteries with elevated small particle LDL and palpitations. I no longer take statins because of side effects, but my total cholesterol is only 220. Where can I purchase a capsule with 600 mg of dha?

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Vin Kutty April 8, 2013 at 3:22 am

Hi Carole – we don’t believe Dr. Mehmet Oz is correct in his recommendation. Still, if you want high-DHA supplements, I suggest you get Carlsons Super DHA Gems.

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Todd April 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Vin,
Thank-You so much for educating me on the realities of omega 3′s.
Would you please advise me on the difference between the Webber Naturals Liquid Omega 3 and OmegaVia. The specs for the Webber Liquid (5ml per day) is:
Fish Oil concentrate = 4550mg
Omega 3 fatty acids = 2383mg
EPA = 980mg DHA = 545mg
Vitamin D = 200IU
Vitamin A = 2500IU
Also, would you recommend liquid over pill?
Thanks
Todd

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Vin Kutty April 8, 2013 at 3:29 am

Hi Todd – this is applies and oranges to an insider like me. Let me back up a little and say that if you are OK taking liquid fish oil, then I would stay with the product. If you don’t like liquid fish oils, then OmegaVia is an option. 5 ml is about a teaspoon and that is about 4 times what a capsule of OmegaVia holds, so the comparison is not easy to make.

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Amy April 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi,
2 questions. One, my triglycerides are 240. How much fish oil should I take? Two, my son is autistic and I have read that fish oil/omega 3 is helpful for anxiety. Any recommendatiods? We don’t drink soda, eat potato chips or high sugary foods.

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty April 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hi Amy – Omega-3 dosage for triglyceride is 3000 to 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day. I’m not sure how much Omega-3 helps with autism, but it certainly can’t hurt in appropriate doses. My recommendation is to start on a Whole Foods diet, sometimes called Ancestral diet or Paleo diet. Eat only vegetables, meats, seafood, eggs, nuts and fruits. No sugar or grains. Get a copy of Perfect Health Diet by the Jaminet.

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Sera April 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hi i’m 18 and i’m taking pill per day (300mg) and i’m too
Skinny i need to get fat (49kg)and (168cm) how many pill should i take per day?

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Vin Kutty April 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

Hi Sera – fish oil is for getting healthy. It’s not for getting fat – sorry! Not sure how to help you!

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Mian April 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hello i have one question please
i am 33 years old i want take omga–3 but i am confiuse what power is bet for me like 350mg or up like 1000 mg please any help thanks

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Vin Kutty April 14, 2013 at 12:50 am

Hi Mian – definitely go for the 1000 mg of Omega-3. 350 mg is better than nothing but may not be enough.

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Ingunn April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hi
i´m 51 old woman and 74 kilos
how many capsule of omega 3-6-9 (fish oli ) is recommend for my ages pr day ?
Thanks
Ingunn

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Vin Kutty April 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hi Ingunn – I don’t recommend ANY Omega-3-6-9 products. See why here: http://www.omegavia.com/omega-3-6-9/

I’d much rather you take just an Omega-3 supplement that provides 1000 mg of Omega-3 per pill (ideally) and aim for 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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Curt April 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Vin,

This is great info! Thank you! I use to eat an average American diet.

I recently shifted my diet to Paleo (Feb 2013) and I began juicing raw vegetables twice a day, 8 oz in each glass. I grind 1.5 tables spoons of organic flaxseed = 2.9 g of Omega-3 and 1 table spoon of organic chia seed = 2.5 g of Omega-3 for a total of 5.4 g of Omega-3 and I add it to each of my vegetable juices. Grand total of 10.8 g of Omega-3 a day.

Three questions…
1. Is getting my Omega-3′s via flaxseed & chia seed equally as sound or good enough as getting them through a fish oil pill? (I do eat fish twice a week usually salmon or cod).

2. How many grams or milligrams can a body absorb in one serving? And how long does that take? After making my 8 oz vegetable drink, I drink half of it right away and the other half an 1 to 1.5 hours later with the idea that I might better absorb 2.7 g than 5.4 all at once. (this is my most important/burning question)

3. Is it okay to have 5 grams to 10 grams of Omega-3′s via pill or plant based each day? (after reading your site it appears you stop at 4000 mg as a maximum for triglycerides so I thought I’d ask)

In Feb 2013 I learned about the benefits of adding Omega-3′s from Jon Gabriel (The Gabriel Method). He recommends 5 g – 10 g of fish oils a day and to sprinkle flax seeds/linseeds on most of my foods through out the day.

The goal is to coat our cells with Omega-3′s and overtime, as new cells are born, the cell has a healthy Omega-3 fat versus a hard saturated fat coating the new cells. I learned from Jon that Omega-3′s are very permeable and allow for proper communication with the hormones, insulin and neurotransmitters in our brain. That’s why I am adding a lot of Omega-3′s.

Jon says that after about 6 months of 5 g to 10 g of Omega-3′s added each day that most or all of our cells will have the Omega-3 coating through out our body. I don’t recall reading how much he’d then reduce the daily amount to after 6 months but I’m just guessing I’d reduce my intake to the amounts you recommend above? (I guess that makes 4 questions — I hope that is okay :) -thank you.

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Vin Kutty April 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Curt – go easy on the seeds. They are usually high in Omega-6.

Granted that chia and flax are high in ALA Omega-3, only about 5% of ALA Omega-3 is converted into usable EPA and almost none of it is converted to DHA. Not good. You are much better off sticking with just salmon and cod. You could even drop the seeds-in-veggies habit since you are eating seafood fairly regularly.

Your body can absorb a lot of Omega-3 per serving, so no need to worry about that.

5 to 10 grams of Omega-3 per day is not advisable. Anyone who gave you that advise does not understand the science behind polyunsaturated fats and oxidative burden. For most of human history, we did fine on a blend of saturated fats and monounsaturated fats. It’s only recently that we’ve gone to a high polyunsaturated diet – a disturbing trend. There is so conclusive evidence that saturated fats are harmful.

I suggest you read Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet or something by Robb Wolf or Loren Cordain to understand Paleo. Robb Wolf has stopped recommending high doses of Omega-3 too. The only time you’d need such high levels is for a few days after a stroke or brain injury. Otherwise, 3-4% of our calories should come from Omega-3 and 6 combined. I suggest you cut back dramatically on Omega-6 from seed oils.

This is the blog of a for-profit-company that sells fish oil and when we (of all people!) tell you to take less fish oil, it’s worth noting.

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Curt April 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

Thank you Vin for your feedback. I will heed your advice and lay off the seeds :)

Three very short questions… I want to purchase Omegavia. My triglycerides are out of range at 188 (should be below 150). Is it okay to take 4 Omegavia soft gels a day? Doing the math I believe that is 4,420 mg of Omega-3.

Second… do you have a ball park guess to how long it takes to bring triglycerides back into range (for the average person) if I’m on the Paleo diet as a way of life and taking 4 Omegavia pills each day?

I figure once it comes down below 150 I can then drop my dosage to two soft gels a day (2210 mg a day) for general heart health.

Three… can the body absorb me taking them all 4 at once? I’d prefer to just take them in the am and be done unless it will not absorb. Thoughts? :)

Thank you again!

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Vin Kutty April 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Hi Curt – ideal triglyceride level is below 100. 4 capsules of OmegaVia is the highest dose that we recommend. So, yes, 4 is OK. It usually takes 6-8 weeks. You can take all 4 at once as long as you don’t have any stomach discomfort. It’ll be absorbed well, especially if you take it with a large meal.

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Jonathan April 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I’m taking Nature Made super Fish Oil 1200mg/EPA180mg/DHA120mg it is advisable? I’m 35 years old and I had a hypertension. Do you have any suggestion? Thank you!

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Vin Kutty April 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi Jonathan – it’s OK. Just OK. The quality is fine. But the potency is very low. Get something with a lot more Omega-3 per pill. If you like NatureMade brand fish oil, they make other products with more Omega-3. Aim for 2000 mg Omega-3 per day.

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Mian April 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hello

i buy fish oil – one per day 1200mg / 720mg omega-3 i want ask just it’s just for heart disease risk or other support like Joints support or Mind Sharp support .. or just heart disease….? please help me about this …..

thanks

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Vin Kutty April 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Mian – Omega-3s will help your whole body, not just heart health.

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Erica April 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi there –

My husbands doctor wants him to increase his fish oil consumption. Currently he is taking one MegaRed 500mg fish oil capsule per day. The doctor wants him to increase to 3000mg per day. I found the OmegaVia online and we want to order it, however my husband is concerned about “fish burps”. With MegaRed he has NO fish burps, which is awesome. He’s had problems before with other brands. Do you know if the OmegaVia is easy to digest?

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty April 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Erica – OmegaVia is enteric coated, so there are usually no fish burps. Enteric coating prevents the pill from dissolving in the stomach. Instead, it dissolves in the intestines, where the Omega-3 is absorbed into the body. Once a pill is in the intestines, you cannot burp it up. He will need 3 OmegaVia per day. Or he can take 10-12 MegaRed Krill oil pills a day but then each bottle will only last him for 5 days.

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christos April 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm

i am 29yrs.
i am taking fish oils basically for the floaters in my eyes and the headaches. Lately I have also bought gingko supplement along with eleutheurcoccus inside in capsule. my question is if i could use them both ( gingko and omega 3) during the day and if so , which are the recommended doses? thanks a lot!

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Vin Kutty April 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hi Christos – please have a doctor evaluate you to make sure there are no undiagnosed issues that is being overlooked. Besides that, you may take both supplements together. Target 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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Bala P April 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I have microalbumin in my urine (ACR <30mg/mmol). My nephrologist suggested that intake of high dosage of Omega-3 will help reduce the albumin level. Dr, what is the recommended level for it to have any effect in the albumin reduction?

Thanks

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Vin Kutty April 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hi Bala P – the dosage levels for lowering albumin levels has not been thoroughly studied. I am surprised that your doctor did not suggest a dosage. So what I am about to suggest is educated guess. I would start at 1000 mg Omega-3 per day. If that does not budge the numbers, try 2000. Beyond that, you will need to reduce dietary Omega-6 levels by changing the fats in your diet from vegetable seed based to animal based.

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Kelly April 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi. I was just diagnosed with aggressive RA. How much fish oil should I be taking? Is OmegaViA the most recommended brand?

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Vin Kutty April 29, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Kelly – you will need a very high dose. RA typically does not respond unless you take 5 to 7 grams of Omega-3. That’s 5000 to 7000 mg of Omega-3 per day. This is higher than I like to recommend, but that’s what the research shows. You may want to consider an elimination diet, removing all grains, sugar and dairy from your diet. A whole foods diet like paleo diet may help as well. OmegaVia has about 1105 mg of Omega-3 per pill, so it makes it easier to get that much Omega-3, but there are other brands available with about 1000 mg Omega-3 per pill.

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Cameron May 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Ive been taking fish oil for 3 months now and notice a substantial difference mentally. I see advertisements for red krill oil, is red krill better than fish oil?

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Vin Kutty May 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Hi Cameron – no, I never believe any krill oil advertisements. Never. See why here: http://www.omegavia.com/is-krill-oil-48x-better-than-fish-oil/

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Filip May 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

Hi! I’m s 20 year old male and i’m currently fighting my acne with a healthy diet/lifestyle. No sugar, processed foods and I almost never eat wheat. My carbohydrate intake mostly comes from brown rice, quinoa, vegetables and fruit. I eat fish for lunch almost every day and some grass-fed chicken or meat for dinner. My acne is almost cured but I want to improve my overall health and at the same time reduce the risk for new inflammations. I’ve found a great fish oil supplement (420 EPA/ 270 DHA) but i haven’t started taken them yet. I’m wondering if i would get to much of EPA/DHA if i eat fish every day? If not, the pills won’t make my acne worse right? Also, I eat probiotics and vitamin d3, is it okey to take these supplement together? Lastly, does it matter when i take the pill? Can I take with my post-workout dinner?

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Vin Kutty May 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi Filip – no, it’s hard to get too much EPA from eating fish and supplement every day, at least not the at the dose you mentioned. Yes, you can take all these supplements together – take with meals.

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Priya May 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

Hi Vin,
A close relative of mine has type 2 diabetes. She is quite young in her 40s. Despite working hard on diet, the sugar readings are high. What dosage of omega 3 woild you recommend. Also, is it ok to take coconut milk for diabetes. . How many times can she take it in a week. I guess coconut milk has sugars! Thanks
Priya

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Vin Kutty May 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi Priya – she needs to look into low-carb diets that are low in or free of all sugars and grains. Look into a Paleo type diet. 1000 to 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day should be fine. Coconut milk is fine.

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Priya May 14, 2013 at 12:45 am

Thanks for a quick reply Vin. Paleo diet suggests no lentils. She tries to have lentil pancakes and lots fresh vegetables for lunch. Evening she takes dal/ lentil soup/ veg/ curries/ fish.
The lentil pancakes are made in olive oil. My point here is that she is trying to substitute grains with lentils. Is that ok.
Would really appreciate your opinion on this. Regards. Priya.

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Vin Kutty May 14, 2013 at 12:58 am

In the spectrum of things to avoid, lentils are not as bad as sugar, wheat and refined seed oils. Olive and coconut oil are fine.

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munira May 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

HI
how much fish oil should one take with high blood pressure?

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Vin Kutty May 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi Munira – please talk to your doctor about high blood pressure. It should not be self-diagnosed or self-treated. But it is always a good idea to watch your diet – reduce sugar, processed foods and grains and aim for 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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Angelina May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hi I’m a 28 year old healthy female (5’3 and 107 lbs) and I’m pretty confused as to how much flaxseed oil, Fish oil, and Omega 3 &9 vitamins to take. I’m so glad I came across this site as you are so helpful! I want to take the correct dosages without

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Vin Kutty May 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

Hi Angelina – pass on flaxseed oil unless you’re using it as salad dressing. Omega-9 is found in large quantities in olive oil, so no need to supplement it…also, Omega-9 is not essential. SO focus on fish oil based Omega-3. Aim for 1000 mg Omega-3 per day. 2000 may be better if you are trying to address some chronic health issues.

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Annie May 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

My triglycerides are high, so I know I need to take 2000-4000 Omega- 3. I bought “Omega-3 Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil” 1000 mg. Label says:
Salmon Oil (100% natural from Wild Alaskan Salmon) 2000 mg
Total Omega fatty acids, supplying: 600 mg
DHA 220 mg
EPA 180 mg
So, does this mean that each pill contains 600 mg of Omega 3?
Thank you!

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Vin Kutty May 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

Hi Annie – no, you are NOT getting 600 mg per pill. The math above does not seem quite right. You’re getting 200 mg per pill. So you need 10 pills per day to get to 2000 mg Omega-3 and 20 pills per day to get to the more-effective 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day. This is why people trying to lower triglycerides should take pharmaceutical grade fish oils with more than 1000 mg Omega-3 per pill.

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abby May 24, 2013 at 4:23 am

Hi Vin,
I’m taking Garden of Life Minami Nutrition MorEPA . It conatins 765 mg EPA , and 240 mg DHA. is it ok to take 2 pills per day or is it too much? i’m using it to get a better complexion. the bottle states to take 1 pill per day. Thank you

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Vin Kutty May 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

Hi Abby – that’s a great product. Yes, two pills per day is perfectly fine.

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Victor May 24, 2013 at 5:20 am

I have anxiety problem and have a sleep disorder and also high blood pressure, how many fish oil capsule i should take? i have here 360 mg omega 3 + vitamin D 1000IU?

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Vin Kutty May 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

Hi Victor – your situation may not be caused by Omega-3 deficiency, but to rule it out, I would take 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day and also a magnesium supplement, preferably a magnesium citrate pill.

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farid May 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

hi. my mom’s triglyceride is 1100 whereas her cholesterol is normal. Can she decrease her T.G with omega3? And if so can you pls tell me how much omega3 per day. thnks

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Vin Kutty May 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Farid – that’s a dangerous level. Please talk to her doctor right away. At this level of triglyceride, she will need a combination of medical and dietary intervention. I can only help you with the latter. I suggest you tell her to stop taking all soft drinks, juices, wheat and grains.

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MissR May 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

Good Day Vin,

I’m trying to lose some weight due to medication. I read somewhere that fish oil may be able to. I just purchased a bottle of Nordic Naturals Daily Omega 1000mg, 1 capsule per day.

640mg = 325mg of EPA, 225mg DHA & 90mg of other omega3s.

how much do you recommend?

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Vin Kutty May 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Hi MissR – I always recommend Nordic Naturals products…Omega-3 will certainly make you healthier, but I am not certain it will help you lose weight gained from other medications.

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MissR May 28, 2013 at 1:39 am

Hi Vin,

Thanks for the prompt reply. Noted on your message.
But do you think 1 capsule per day is enough or should i increase the dosage?

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Vin Kutty May 28, 2013 at 4:46 am

I would suggest 1 or 2 per day.

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Troy June 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

Is Kirill oil measured as fish oil . how much krill oil = 1000ml of fish oil?

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Vin Kutty June 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

Hi Troy – there is no quick and easy conversion, but if you must, try this: 150 mg of fish oil Omega-3 is about the same as 100 mg of krill oil Omega-3. Notice that I’m not talking about oil, but rather Omega-3 content within the oil. Krill oil has very little Omega-3 in it, so you need to take a lot of krill oil to equal Omega-3 in concentrated fish oils. And if you want to feel any benefits with krill oil, you will need to take at least 4 to 6 pills per day, which conflicts with krill oil marketing message, but such is life.

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sam June 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I have general anxiety disorder, ocd and depression. I’ve read a lot on how the omega 3′s are really good for people who have mood disorders and things like this. How many milligrams should I take ? I’ve read that too much fish oil can be bad for you because it thins your blood thanks!

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Vin Kutty June 22, 2013 at 4:28 am

Hi sam – Omega-3 from fish oil can help with mood disorders, assuming you have some Omega-3 deficiency. I would suggest 1000 to 2000 mg of EPA Omega-3 per day. More here: http://www.omegavia.com/why-omegavia-is-high-in-epa-mood-benefits/

And just because Omega-3 is good for you, does not mean more is better. You can start seeing some blood thinning at doses 10X higher than what I recommended. You should be fine at 1000 to 2000 mg of EPA per day.

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Michael McFarland June 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

Hi vin, I purchased nature made fish oil 360 mg EPA , 240 mg dha and 120 per two soft gels. It says to take just two soft gels per day. I have been taking 8 softgels. I’m 32 and taking for brain function and joints. I’m 32 years old. Is there anything that I should be worried about taking 4 times the dose that the bottle recommends such as blood thinning or other dangers?

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Vin Kutty June 22, 2013 at 5:17 am

Hi Michael – you’re taking between 2000 and 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day. This is a reasonable amount, although 8 pills a day is more than most people want. NatureMade makes more concentrated products – I suggest you look into it, if you want to take fewer pills. The FDA recommendation for triglyceride reduction is between 3000 and 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day and at that dose, the risk of blood thinning is still low. If you were to take more than 10,0000 mg of Omega-3 per day, you may notice blood thinning but that would mean you taking 25 or 30 pills per day. So your risk with your current dosage is minimal.

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Troy Mathew June 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Is it safe to take 1 tablet of Omega-3(750mg)-fish oil concentrate-1250 mg,EPA 425 & DHA 325mg +Vit E-7.5 mg as I am having microalbumin loss through urine & type 2 diabetics

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Vin Kutty June 23, 2013 at 4:13 am

Hi Troy – I assume you’re under medical care for the issues you mention. If not, get medical care right away and check with your doctor about adding Omega-3 to your regimen. Having said that, there is minimal risk to taking the fish oil dose you mention and quite a bit of upside.

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Guilherme Honorio Moreira July 9, 2013 at 1:51 am

What dose should I take for protecting my kidneys ?

Thank you .

Guilherme

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Vin Kutty July 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hi Guilherme – I don’t know of any studies where they studies kidney protection with Omega-3. However, a general guideline is to take 1000 mg of Omega-3 (not 1000 mg of fish oil) per day.

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tom valentine July 20, 2013 at 2:54 am

i just got a new order omega 3 from the va the smell is so bad can barely take it

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Vin Kutty July 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Tom – sounds like the oil is rancid. I would not take it. Rancid oil does more harm than good. Hope the VA can supply you with something fresher.

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Tray July 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

Hi,
I’m 16 and just start taking omega-3 for acne and was wondering how much should i take per day for the best results

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Vin Kutty July 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi Tray – 1000 mg Omega-3 per day may help. But if you really want to reduce acne, eat whole foods only. Get rid of all sugar, wheat and dairy for 1 month and see what it does. For just one month, eat ONLY veggies, meats, seafood, fruits, nuts and eggs. Nothing processed, packaged or marketed. I think you’ll find that your skin clears up almost completely and that Omega-3 is just a small factor. Your diet is driving the acne, not just your age.

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Abhinav July 29, 2013 at 1:33 am

How much omega 3 is required in a day for faster hair growth and for health hair n skin ..I m using fish oil containing 700 mg of omega 3 ?

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Vin Kutty July 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi Abhinav – not sure there is any proof that Omega-3 will increase hair growth. Healthy skin, well, most people notice some improvement in about a month with 1000 mg Omega-3 per day.

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Connie August 2, 2013 at 6:25 am

Hi,
I have a pinched Ciatic nerve and the physio has recommended me to take 7000 ul a day for 4 weeks and then reduce it to 3000 ul. Isn’t that too much? I’m scared I’m gonna out on weight! :(

Thanks

Connie

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Vin Kutty August 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Connie, I assume you mean 7000 mg of Omega-3. That’s a bit high if you were to stay on it forever. But you should be OK for 4 weeks, especially for reducing inflammation, if that’s what you were diagnosed with. 2000 mg -3000 mg per day after that is Ok as a daily dose.

How many calories you get from 7000 mg of Omega-3 depends on the concentration of the oil. If you buy regular (low-end) fish oil pills, you will need 23 pills or about 200 calories per day. If you get a pharma grade fish oil, you can get 7000 mg from about 6 pills or about 70 calories. Still, even at 200 calories per day, I’ve never met any one who gained weight taking fish oil. If you want to gain weight, try sugar and grains. Eating fat does not necessarily make you fat – this is a tough concept for people to accept.

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Nguyen August 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hi Vin,
I am 32 years old male, 5’8 and 165 lbs. I’ve just had annual check up and everything is fine except the number of triglyceride is a little bit high. I forgot the number but the doctor said it is ok, just reduce salt intake and do exercises. I have been working out 6 days a week and 45 – 60 mins per day in 4 months. I bought fish oil supplement which says Fish oil 1000 mg, EPA 180 mg and DHA 120 mg per capsule. I take 4 capsules everyday. Is it ok or do I need more ? My goal is improving general health. Does fish oil help me to gain muscles?
Thanks.

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Vin Kutty August 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Nguyen – exercise will help with triglycerides but salt-reduction will not. But then again, I’m not a doctor and I can’t give out medical advice. You doctor probably had a good reason to tell you to reduce salt. You are taking really weak, possibly low quality oils. Aim for the more concentrated ones. Aim for 1000 mg Omega-3 per day. I don’t think it will help you gain muscle.

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Kris August 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hello Vin,

I wish to check if I am a suitable candidate for taking OmegaVia to reduce LDL. I am a 39-year old male with the following lipids profile:
TC: 256 mg/dl
HDL: 77 mg/dl
LDL: 156 mg/dl
TG: 113 mg/dl
As recommended by my physician, I just started Simvastatin (10mg/night). I am open to other advice you might have for me to reduce my LDL levels. Thank you.

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Vin Kutty August 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

Hi Kris – LDL reduction is technically a medical process and since I’m not a doctor, I cannot advise you on this. However, fish oils usually do not reduce LDL. DHA actually increases LDL a little bit. TG reduction is usually what you notice with Omega-3. Try eliminating sugar and/or reducing refined carbohydrates from your diet and see what that does to your LDL – usually has a very positive effect.

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manish August 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

hi , i am healthy 41 yrs old male and have just started taking omega-3 300mg, two capsules a day I have no health issues but just in anticipation i’m taking those pills…is it ok to continue having them without any doctor recommendation?

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Vin Kutty August 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hi Manish – yes, it is perfectly fine to take a 600 mg of Omega-3 per day. That’s a low to medium maintenance dose.

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Ashish Maheshwari August 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

We are a strict Vegetarians. I am 41 with Pre-diabetic stage and tendency to High Trigyceride (250). My wife is 41 and is healthy
My elder son is 13 and younger one is 9.

Please advice daily Omega 3 intake for each of us.

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Vin Kutty August 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hi Ashish – since you’re ‘strict’ vegetarians, I assume you do not eat eggs. I highly recommend adding eggs to your diet if possible. If not, aim for 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day per person and also supplement with B-vitamins, especially B12. Your high triglyceride is possibly a result of genetics and high-starch/sugar/grain consumption.

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jack August 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

for increasing my sexual power how much omega 3 should i take daily ? with 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA ?

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Vin Kutty August 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Hi Jack – not sure there has been any research done on increasing ‘sexual power’ with Omega-3. If you want to be generally healthier, aim for 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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laila September 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Hi, I take 1200 mg fish oil (0mega 3: 720 mg, epa 396 mg and dha: 264 mg) daily because I have meibomian gland disorder on my eyes along with dry eyes . I purchased viviscal and they don’t say it (I e-mailed the company that makes Viviscal) but I believe that it has fish oil in it too as it says 600 mg marine complex in it which is basically a fish protein so there should be some fish oil there. Anyway my question is that would it be too much if I take these two together. I’m thin so do you think that it will create a problem to take these two supplements together? Thanks.

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Vin Kutty September 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi Laila – you can definitely take that much Omega-3 along with your Viviscal. I don’t think there is any Omega-3 in the Viviscal products I looked at. It is shark-derived, which is not something that makes me comfortable due to sharks typically being high in environmental pollutants etc. I’d double up on the number of fish oil pills to two per day. Take it with a meal. It may help with dry eyes a little more.

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stella September 13, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hello,
My friend has very high triglyceride levels (above 500) and she finds the fish oil pills too large to swallow. The only product that she can possibly handle is NN Ultimate Omega Liquid (total omega 3202mg). EPA (1626mg) and DHA (1126mg). My question is does she really need such a high concentration of DHA? Are there risks? I feel she does suffer from depression and can use a high dose of EPA but will the high dose of DHA be counter effective?

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Vin Kutty September 13, 2013 at 3:52 am

Hi Stella – Nordic Naturals has high-EPA liquids too. She might try that. No harm in taking a high DHA product, unless she is concerned about LDL levels. DHA increases it a bit. Or if you have depression – again, high EPA will help. Here is an all-EPA, no-DHA tiny pill: http://www.amazon.com/OmegaVia-Pharmaceutical-EPA-Only-Burp-Free-Mini-Gels/dp/B00D37S0HC/

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stella September 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hello Vin Kutty,
I forgot to ask one more thing. I understand that OmegaVia is an Ethyl Esters form of “fish oil” and really isn’t fish oil. The only fish oil that I feel safe with is that of Triglycerides form. Can you clarify? Thanks.

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Vin Kutty September 13, 2013 at 3:54 am

Hi Stella – this is mostly marketing talk. I’ve expanded on this here: http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-ethyl-ester-vs-triglyceride-revisited/

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Alisha September 15, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi Vin,
I was taking cymbalta for 90 days and decided to stop cold turkey. I was experiencing adverse effects and am confident I no longer need the drug. I was having some minor depression due to my mother dying and suffering with endometriosis for 2 years. I’d like to take a completely natural attempt and stop the rx’s completely. I’m getting off topic though, I’ve been having these awful “brain zaps” as a result of the withdrawals from the cymbalta. I’ve purchased omega 3 fish oils after junking the omega 3-6-9 after reading your posts about it. The omega 3 contains 1000mg concentrated fish oil, 180mg of EPA and 120mg DHA. I’d appreciate your advice on how much I should be taking and when. Also of you can recommend any other supplements for endometriosis chronic pain. Thank you for your time.

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Vin Kutty September 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hi Alisha – I understand your wanting to pursue a natural approach to your health. I really do. But it is a very bad idea to stop these drugs cold turkey. It’s part of the reason why you need a prescription to get them – you need medical guidance on gradually stepping up and/or down. Please talk to your doctor. Your doctor could have worked out a plan to do this gently.

Your ‘concentrated’ fish oil is not very concentrated. You need a more potent formula. Aim for 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day, mostly from EPA. More on that here: http://www.omegavia.com/supplements-for-depression-anxiety/

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Maj September 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Vin,

My 5 year old son is hyperactive, I want to give him fish oil, 1000mg Omega Supreme (sardine, tuna) with 700 mg Omega 3; DHA 700 mg + EPA 200 mg. its in a soft gel capsule but can’t tolerate to swallow, is it safe if i prick and mix it with his soup?

Maj

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Vin Kutty September 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Maj – I would not do that. Instead, try to buy liquid fish oils or flavored fish oil ‘smoothies’ from either Nordic Naturals or Barleans. Also, I strongly (STRONGLY!) urge that you eliminate sugars, juices, sodas, wheat, pizza, cereals, sweets etc. Nothing processed. Nothing in packages. Feed him real foods – meats, veggies, eggs, seafood, nuts, fruits. Look into a Paleo type diet. Limit fast-food and take out foods. Taking fish oil is only a very small part of the solution. The biggest change has to be in his diet.

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Maj September 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Hi Vin,
Thank you very much for your reply, I really appreciate it. I just want to ask what is the side effect if I mix the fish oil in his food? Just curious because a friend of mine does it and her daughter seem to respond well with the trick.

Maj

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Vin Kutty September 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hi Maj – no side effects other than he may not eat his regular food now smelling and tasting like fish oil. Also, the oils in capsules are a different form than the oils in liquid form. The oils in capsule form are not pleasant to taste and start going rancid when exposed to air. I’d pass on that idea.

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Agnes September 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi Vin, last month I stopped all my steroidal creams oral medication for my eczema after 4 yrs when I learned about the red skin symptoms condition, came across the benefits of fish oil omega 3 , recently I purchased a fish oil which is 1500mg EPA 540mg DHA 360mg , my skin is now red dry n has very bad glass cracks , what would be the best dosage recommended?

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Vin Kutty September 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi Agnes – assume you are working with a dermatologist – you need to. There may be several factors here besides just Omega-3 deficiency. For most people with eczema, 2000 mg of Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) per day will make a difference. You may have other dietary deficiencies or allergies or sensitivities. I suggest you try a Paleo type diet for a month or two – no sugar, no wheat or grains and no dairy. You are probably not consuming enough healthy fats – olive oil, coconut oil, butter etc.

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Agnes September 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Thanks so much Vin for the info, I wished I came across all this 4 yrs ago, but still I hope I’m nt too late to start ! Appreciate it~

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Madhuri September 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hello Vin,

Very informative posts on Omega-3′s. I have been reading all the posts and references for the past 3 hours now :)

I have high triglycerides. My doctor recommended Omega-3′s 2000mg per day. I started taking Kirkland Omega-3 fish oil 1000mg but after reading all these posts I realized I am not getting enough.

I came across Nutrigold – Omega 3 gold in Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Fish-Oil-Capsules-Triglyceride/dp/B008RZFT1K

And then I bumped into this site when I was searching for the right dosage of Omega-3 for tri glycerides.

With Nutrigold I am getting 180 soft gels at $33.95. It has EPA – 800mg, DHA- 400mg and Other omega-3 fatty acids – 200mg.

Where as Omegavia is $28.89 for 60 gels at Amazon. This has EPA – 780 and DHA – 260

What is wrong if I prefer Nutrigold to Omegavia? What is NutriGold lacking that Omega – 3 offers apart from the enteric coating. I really don’t care about that.

Thank you for writing such informative articles. Really appreciate it.

Madhuri

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Vin Kutty September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hi Madhuri – as far as we can tell, there is nothing wrong with Nutrigold.

OmegaVia is made to be used as an alternative to prescription fish oil, so we do things slightly differently. However, if cost is an issue, then, you should still be OK with Nutrigold.

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Shantel November 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

Hello i resently got the 1000mg of fish oil it tells you to take 3 but than i would be geting 3000mg i do think this is alot….im only taking this to grow my hair but what do you think i should be taking?

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Vin Kutty November 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Hi Shantel – 1000 mg of fish oil probably only has 300 mg of Omega-3. You’re after the Omega-3. It does not matter how much fish oil is in the pill. What matters is the amount of Omega-3…you have to look on the back of the bottle to dig up that info. So if you took 3 pills, you’d get about 900 mg of Omega-3 per day. That’s a good dose. It is not too much. Although it may or may not do anything for your hair. It’ll make your skin smoother, but hair…well, let us know if it helps.

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sabry al aufy January 4, 2014 at 5:15 am

I have sickle cell anemia ss and I feel that the high omega 3 could help in preventing blood clots of the red blood cells hence preventing attacks. please advise if there is any research going on fish oils .I also feel it gives like an aspirin like effect which may be beneficial.

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Vin Kutty January 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Hi Sabry – I am not aware of any research focused on the benefits of Omega-3 for sickle cell anemia. However, you are right that fish oil can give an aspirin-like effect at high doses.

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Jotaime January 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

I found out that I have elevated liver enzymes. I am taking olmetec, statin and aspirin as the doctor prescribed. I want to stop statin and aspirin and move to fish oil. Does this make sense? Will my liver enzyme increase with fish oil?

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Vin Kutty January 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Hi Jotaime – all decisions to start and/or stop prescription medications should be made with your doctor’s guidance. I see no harm in adding fish oil to your daily routine and I am not aware of fish oil increasing liver enzymes.

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Jotaime January 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hello Vin,

Thanks for your immediate reply.

Marvin

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Ulix January 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hello Vin,
I don’t live in America and I was suggested to use Omega-3 from a doctor. My sister bought me a bottle of NatureMade Fish Oil 1200 mg (360 mg omega-3) in America. I’m 17 years old and I can’t find the dosage for people of my age. How many softgels should I take daily or shouldn’t take them at all.

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Vin Kutty January 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hi Ulix – you should be fine with one or two of those capsules a day. You don’t need American fish oil – any fish oil from Europe should be fine.

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BERNICE January 14, 2014 at 1:56 am

I am currently taking Omega 3 2 pills per day add up to 740 EPA. Is this enough for mild depression? I also quit smoking 4 months ago and i am still having nicotine withdraw, but haven”t smoke. I do want to quit but it so hard. Also my granddaughter has hydrosyllis and has a shunt, can she take omega 3 ? she is 6 years old.

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Vin Kutty January 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi Bernice – I’d increase the Omega-3 dose to 3 or 4 per day because it sounds like you are using a low-potency product. About your granddaughter, please check with her pediatrician, but most 6 year old kids should get about 500 mg of Omega-3 or so per day from their diet or through supplements.

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peter January 26, 2014 at 5:10 am

Thanks for the information. I am asking for my mother, who has diabetes. I have bought Omega-3 fish oil for her: each capsule weighs 1200 mg, containing Omega-3 (360 mg), EPA and DHA. What’s your suggestion for her dosage daily? Thanks in advance!

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Vin Kutty January 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi Peter – Omega-3 can help a little bit with insulin sensitivity, but if your mother is already diabetic, Omega-3 will not cure or reverse the disease. The best thing she can do, besides taking the prescribed medications, is to eliminate sugar, grains and some fruits. However, taking about 1000 to 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day will help with several other health issues.

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peter January 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Thank you so much!

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Rita Sahu February 3, 2014 at 4:43 am

Total cholesterol = 248mg/dl
HDL =45mg/dl
LDL=126mg/dl
Triglycerides=385mg/dl
Non HDL cholesterol=203mg/dl
Cholesterol/HDL ratio=5.5
Blood sugar(fasting)=102mg/dl
What is the dosage for omegavia? For how long shall I take it to see results? I was recommended to take simvastatin 40 mg by my dr everyday but after continuing for couple of months I discontinued due to a lot of side effects. I have been taking omega 3 about 1800mg everyday for the last 2 months from a Company called Spring Valley available at Walmart. Prior to that I was taking omega 3 about 1000gm everyday since the last 8 years. Now I want to take omegavia.

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Vin Kutty February 4, 2014 at 4:33 am

Hi Rita – Spring Valley is not a good fish oil brand. Find something (anything!) that has more Omega-3 per pill. Aim for 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day. It takes about 6-8 weeks to notice full benefits.

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Rita Sahu February 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I will be ordering the OmegaVia Fish oil 60capsules for myself. Can i give Omegavia to my son who is 12 years? Which one do you suggest? What dosage is required for a 12 year old? Below is the report of my husband:
Cholesterol 149mg/dl
HDL 53mg/dl
Triglyceride 99mg/dl
LDL 76mg/dl
Non HDL cholesterol 96mg/dl
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 2.8
Fasting glucose 117mg/dl
My husband is 42 years old.
Please suggest a dosage for him so that it helps with his blood sugar. We both have a history of diabetes in our families. Please let me know so that I can order omegavia for all of us. Thanks Vin.

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Vin Kutty February 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hi Rita – whether your 12-year old can take OmegaVia will depend on if he can swallow it. If he can, then one per day will be fine. If the pills are too big, look into OmegaVia EPA 500. Or this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F5ZV6W6/

Omega-3 may have a small effect on insulin sensitivity, but with a fasting blood glucose of 117, he needs to cut out sugar, grains and starches. And begin a vigorous exercise regimen. You can prevent diabetes, but you can’t cure it. Now is the time to do something about preventing it.

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Rita Sahu February 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

One last question. How do you take 3 omega 3 capsules? Do you have to take it together or can you take one at a time thrice everyday? Will taking 3 capsules together work better? Please clarify. Thanks again.

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Vin Kutty February 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hi Rita – all this information will be provided if/when you purchase the product. However, you can take one or all capsules at the same time, as long as it is with a large meal.

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Vikas Bhatnagar February 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Hi Vin,

my wife has met with accident 8 weeks and has head injuries on left side of brain and in brain stem. She is in coma even after 60 days. my brother who stays in Canada has searched an article on internet on http://zonediet.com/ which says that fish oil helps in bringing such patients out of coma and overall recovery. My brother says she should be given 10-15 gms ( 10000 mg to 15000 mg ) of EPA and DHA per day .
Is it safe for us to give this dose. There are various articles on internet which suggest excessive fish oil may not be good. Please advise us

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Vin Kutty February 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Hi Vikas – I’m so sorry!

Dr. Barry Sears of the Zone Diet has suggested using high doses like this for brain trauma. For short durations (1 or 2 months), I dont see much harm in doing this, considering the upside you may be giving up by not trying this. Ultimately, the decision is between your family and your wife’s doctor.

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Ritz February 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

Vin – After comsuming Omega 3 capsules , the TG levels will (hopefully)come down to normal levels , over a period of time. What next ? Do we need to discontinue the daily comsumption of 1000 mg ?

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Vin Kutty February 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Hi Ritz – if your doctor is OK with discontinuing the 1000 mg per day dose, then you should. But without a diet change, if you stop taking the Omega-3, your triglyceride levels will go back to where they were in a few weeks.

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Ximi February 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Hello Vin,
I came across this site and I’m so thankfull. I just ordered Omegavia for my son. He is 14 yrs old, has asthma and ADHD (not taking meds). Would you please suggest how many pills of omega 3 he should take?

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Vin Kutty February 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hi Ximi – asthma is an inflammatory condition and needs medical attention. Please check with your son’s doctor about what the next steps should be. However, Omega-3 in fish oil helps reduce inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet with reduced Omega-6 fats (vegetable oils), sugar and processed foods will help a lot too. I suggest taking 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day or 2 pills.

With ADHD, as well, you will need to get him medical attention. People with ADHD have very low Omega-3 in their blood. Of course, this does not meant that Omega-3 deficiency is the only cause of ADHD, but that there is a link. Usually, taking Omega-3, a good multivitamin and changing diet will help improve the condition. Again, I suggest 2000 mg Omega-3 per day. As far as diet, same as above, but focus on eating vegetables, meats, seafood, fruits, nuts and eggs. The traditional diet of 14 year olds (pizza, fast food, soda and junk food) is perfect for developing ADHD and several other problems. Hope this helps.

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Shaun Gupta February 22, 2014 at 4:48 am

Hi Vin,

Awesome blog! Learning a lot, and had a question I haven’t seen answered. I currently take 1,800 mg of EPA+DHA (plus 300mg Krill oil that doesn’t label them separately, so let’s say ~2,000 mg EPA+DHA…total oil content would be closer to 3,000 mg) and have seen a quite nice reduction in my cholesterol levels. It’s now in the good range, with the only number needing work HDL (which needs boosted)! Besides cholesterol, I also take fish oil to help manage blood pressure (currently prehypertension that’s also improving), dry eye and inflammation, support my joints, and possibly help with weight loss and virility.

I recently came across some warnings about large doses (>1g) of fish oil causing oxidation stress and damage, and this concerned me. I’ve seen wildly varied recommendations, from only a few hundred mg of fish oil per day to avoid this, to saying this isn’t a concern and more than 4g is fine (which I’m uncomfortable with). Am I “safe” from oxidative damage at ~2,000 mg DHA+EPA (~3,000 mg total oil) for long-term usage, or should I reduce to 1,000 mg?

(Note that I am getting 100% RDA Vitamin E, 200 mg CoQ10, and 50mcg + whatever’s in the Krill oil of astaxanthin, plus other antioxidants, which should in theory help prevent oxidation.)

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty February 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Hi Shaun – great question. 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day is just fine. You won’t be at added stress of oxidative risk from just that. But if your diet is low in antioxidants, you may be in trouble, not from the Omega-3 but mostly from the Omega-6 that’s so high in most people’s diets. Besides lots of colorful veggies and some fruits, you a lot more than just Vit E. If you take a Vit E family (all the tocopherols and tocotrieneols), then you’ll be a little better off. If you get rid of most of your sugar, sweets, juices and refined grains and flour, your blood lipids and pre-hypertension will likely go away by itself. And you may only need 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day as opposed to what you’re taking.

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Shaun Gupta February 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

Hi Vin,

Thanks so much for the amazing response!

I do take plenty of antioxidants in the form of fruits/veggies (plus a daily fruit/veggie supplement for a bit extra, though I don’t rely on that alone of course) and am trying to minimize processed foods and Omega-6′s where I can. Thanks for the tips and clarification that I’m fine at 2000 mg fish oil and am not at increased oxidative risk.

I notice you say I may only need 1000 mg if I address my pre-hypertension, but if I like the 2000 mg for some of its other benefits (such as mood and joint health), should it be fine to stay on 2000 mg long-term?

Thanks again,
Shaun

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Vin Kutty February 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Hi Shaun – you may need (and be fine with) 2000 mg Omega-3 per day given your current state of health. My point was that if you get your diet under control (think sugar, vegetable oils and grains) and your inflammation markers are dropping, you may find that you don’t NEED 2000 mg Omega-3 per day. Lower Omega-6 and sugar intake invariably reduces your need for high dose Omega-3. Having said that, 2000 mg of Omega-3 is not a high dose…it’s still moderate. Some traditional cultures like the Inuit of Greenland were taking 12,000 mg Omega-3 per day. Average American gets about 100 to 150 mg. Just putting things in perspective.

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Shaun Gupta February 24, 2014 at 1:09 am

Awesome – thanks so much. This information helped me immensely, and your website/blog is great. Your responses are very much appreciated!

Sherrie February 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

I’m 47 with many issues from Desert Storm Illness. I had and l by-pass 6.5 yrs ago. I have fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, PTSD with sever depression, diabetes, degenerative neck & low back, & thyroid prb. My SED Rate is 89 and my CRP is 38, so I have very high Inflammation. I’ve been told by my doc to take omega 3 to help with my heart but I could never find any with the right ratio. How much of OmegaVia should I take with all these health issues? I really want to get the inflammation down so my pain will go down. The joys of serving your country in a war only to go from a 24 yr old to 54 overnight. I’ve been like this for 20 yrs and I want to feel 40 not 80.

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Vin Kutty February 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Hi Sherrie – so sorry to hear that you are dealing with a lot of physical ailments. Some of it is probably Desert Storm-related. Other issues seem like a diet change and gut-healing may help.

Sure, a couple of OmegaVia pills a day will help, but frankly, supplementation is not the way out of this. I don’t see a dramatic change occurring without a full on diet and lifestyle change. I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you find an integrative physician or nutritionist from this website http://primaldocs.com/ and have them help you get your inflammation under control. It won’t be easy, but I promise you that it will be worth it.

For now, start with eliminating all sugar, sweets, juices, processed foods, grains and vegetable oils (olive oil, coconut oil and butter are fine.) If you have a leaky gut – I strongly suspect that you do, then you may have to completely eliminate all wheat/gluten. Start looking into a high-veggie version of a paleo diet. Hope this gives you a place to start.

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Mini March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Hi,
I had contacted you in Dec 2013 asking for help in reducing triglycerides. My first reading was 290 mg/dL in July 2013; I started following an oatmeal and no fat diet and lost about 15 lbs. When I went for my second test in Oct 2013, there was an increase in triglycerides from 290 mg/dL to 354 mg/dL. I was alarmed and I contacted you; After reading through the blog and taking into consideration the response I received from you, I started following the diet with tablets. Now my triglycerides are well within the normal range of 117 mg/dL. I just to thank you for the advice. Thank you again.

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Vin Kutty March 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Hi Mini – this is great to hear. I wish everybody would read your comment!

If you want to INCREASE triglyceride and risk of heart attack, eat the following for breakfast everyday:

- Oatmeal with brown sugar
- Banana
- Glass of orange juice
- Dry toast

If you follow this routine, you will increase your triglycerides by about 100 points in less than a year. I almost guarantee it. If you go to a hospital and watch what they’re feeding people recovering from heart attacks, you will see the menu listed above. It’s so shocking that it blows my mind!

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James March 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

Thanks for these dosage suggestions!

Question:

Does your body WEIGHT matter also in determining how much Omega-3 to take?

I understand things like your Omega-6 intake are important too, but how about your body weight? Should a person who is say 132lbs take as much as someone who’s 264lbs? Is there something like a factor to multiply based on your body weight or similar…?? Any other tips or ballpark suggestions?

Thank you!

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Vin Kutty March 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Hi James – yes, body weight does count a little bit. If you’re 100 lbs, you may be able to get by on a little less. But there are no hard and fast rules. My suggestion is to not over-think it. Cut back on Omega-6 as much as you can and take at least 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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K. Rorie March 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I have had some advice given to a friend by their doc to take 4, 000 mg of Omega-3 per day, 2 pills in am 2 pills in pm. To help naturally curb ADHD symptoms. Thinking of having my husband try it. Also my son who is 13, only one pill though. I am worried this could be s too much? Thoughts?

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Vin Kutty March 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Hi K. Rorie – 4000 mg per day is OK. I would not go higher. You’ll notice a LOT more improvement by changing diet than just taking supplements. You may notice improvements from taking Omega-3. But if you eliminate sugar, cereals, sodas, juices, grains and artificial colors, you will notice a dramatic improvement. It’s most likely that diet got them there and only diet will get them out.

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K. Rorie March 16, 2014 at 12:27 am

Thank you!

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Jasmine March 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Vin,
I have eczema, which is severe sometimes and other times not so much. I’ve changed many things about my diet such as eating whole foods, and lessening sugar intake. Right now I’m also taking 900 mg of omega-3 supplements with 600 mg EPA, and 300 mg DPA. Do you think that is good, and will I see results?

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Vin Kutty March 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Hi Jasmine – you are on the right path. You need to do a drastic and strict diet makeover. I would eliminate all sugar, sweets, juices, vegetable oils except olive and coconut oils, take-out and restaurant foods, wheat and anything made with flour. Focus on eating only fresh vegetables, meats, seafood, fruits, nuts and eggs. Don’t shy away from butter and animal fats. Basically an anti-inflammatory diet like Paleo or Zone diet. Even with a diet like this, you may have several nutritional deficiencies that you may need to address. Stick with this diet for a couple of months and while do that, take 2000 to 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day, mostly EPA. Take B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, probiotics, Zinc, Vitamin A and seleneium. Taking just the supplement will probably not help much. You need to get strict with the diet for two months. If you notice benefits, then you know what to do.

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Jasmine March 17, 2014 at 12:27 am

Thank you, will do!

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Shaun Gupta March 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

Hi Vin – I had one other question that seemed confusing to me. I had asked about oxidative stress and fish oil before and you alleviated my concerns at moderate dosages of 2,000mg, but I was wondering what your opinion is on fish oil’s effect on the immune system. I’ve seen contradictory studies – an older study suggested large doses of fish oil suppress the immune system, while a more recent one suggests it may actually boost it. Do you have an opinion on this, and is 2,000mg still safe from possible immunosuppressive effects (if you think they could be a concern)? Thanks!

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Vin Kutty March 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Hi Shaun – I don’t see a concern with 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day at all. You will always find some conflicting data on this kinds of stuff. That does not mean you ignore it, but that you have to put things in perspective. But sadly, that is hard to do without reading the study protocols and figuring out confouding variables etc. Immunosuppressive effects rarely happen in a vacuum – with just Omega-3 – there are several other things going on. Regardless, 2000 mg is way too small a dose to have that effect. My suggestion is still to reduce total polyunsaturates by lowering Omega-SIX first and then reducing the need for balancing Omega-3.

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Shaun Gupta March 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

Thanks much! Glad to know I should be okay with the 2,000mg. You’re definitely right about it being a balancing act; noted on the Omega 6′s and I’m trying to balance as is realistic for me. =) Thanks again!

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Ritz March 29, 2014 at 4:28 am

Hi Vin – I had ordered and just received Omegavia 500 . I had some issue while ordering and was given a discount on account of the same. Thank you ! I have few questions –

1. I am also consuming Iron(65mg), Zinc(50mg) and B12(500mcg) , one capsule each, every alternate day. These are all Spring Valley products. I am just taking these for general wellness (these are not prescribed by any doctor). Now, can I continue consuming these, along with Omegavia 500 mg capsule per day?

2. I am 40 yrs old, My TG is 277 , Glucose F – 99 and PP -148 mg/dl. HDL is 30 , VLDL is 55 mg/dl. So how many EPA 500 mg capsules do I need to consume in a day?

3. By what time duration would I see any significant difference in TG? When do I need to visit my doctor go for a recheck up on my TG levels? (I understand the diet factor and I am working on that too!)

4. On the Omegavia bottle, it says storage at room temperature. The room temperature in India is very high around 30 deg to 40 deg C. Is it safe to store at this temperature?

Thanks,
Ritz

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Vin Kutty March 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hi Ritz – you supplement regimen seems really random. But I’d stop the iron, unless you have anemia. Zinc may be OK but seems a bit high. B12 is low. Make sure B12 is the methylcobalamin form. Why are you not taking magnesium, D3, K2, a multi?

Your numbers look like you could use a drastic starch/carb reduction, starting with all grains, soft drinks and juices. And a lot more exercise. I’d go with 4-6 EPA 500 per day for the triglycerides. You’ll need 6-8 weeks before you notice a difference.

Yes, you may refrigerate the product.

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Ritz March 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Hi Vin – Thank you for your reply. I will work on the same.
Regards,
Ritz

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louie May 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

I am 14 yrs old can i take 1000 mg of flax seed oil daily is it good to my health or it is bad

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Vin Kutty May 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Hi Louie – yes, you can take 1000 mg of Flax seed oil daily, but you’re better off taking 1000 mg of fish oil instead. Unless you’re a vegan (bad idea), you’re better off with concentrated fish oil.

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Steph May 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Hello Vin,
I am 40 years old and have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and taking meds for it. I can see my hair has been breaking due to this and have started taking Fish Oil (1200 mg) with Omega-3 (300 mg). I heard that eating fish is good for hair health, but I don’t like fish so I bought the capsules instead. I’m also taking it for the overall health benefits of it.
Will this help my hair at all and how much should I be taking? Can I buy the Omega-3 capsules only with out Fish Oil and get the same results?? Also, will taking these before or shortly after taking my meds cause either of them not to work correctly??
I have seen mentioned EPA and DHA…?? What should I be looking for with these??
Thank you!

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Vin Kutty May 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Hi Steph – you’re taking a very low dose of Omega-3, so I don’t know if you’ll notice much difference. Frankly, I don’t know if you’ll notice much difference with your hair even with say 1000 or 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day. But it is worth trying if your doctor OKs it. Omega-3 do not interfere with any medications that I’m aware of. But ideally, it is best to take these supplements with a meal. For now, don’t worry about EPA or DHA – increase your dosage to three pills a day (of what you’re taking) and that should get you to 900 mg of Omea-3 per day.

Look into a functional medicine MD in your area – they may be able to help in ways a regular MD may not.

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giselle May 28, 2014 at 5:52 am

my doctor said one pill a day so i bought the webber naturals,has 900mg of omega 3,fish oil 1407mg,AEP 600MG,ADH 300MG and vit D3 1000 UI,i have my cholesterol,(the bad one,and the not so bad,but bad too,lol) high so she recommended omega3,but my pharmaceutic was the person who considered to sell me this one,she said is the best,what do you think i should do,keep on this one or take more ,thanks

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Vin Kutty May 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hi giselle – the product you’re taking is fine. I would follow your doctor’s advice.

However the dosage for triglyceride reduction is higher than 900 mg Omega-3 per day. As you see in the article above, you will need 3000 to 4000 mg per day. Talk to your doctor about this.

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John June 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Hello; I’m a 57 old man and i take 1 1200 mg fish oil capsule a day 600 mg of omega-3 324mg EPA and 216mg DHA also has D3 2000IU is this the right amount for my health also i have lost 30 LBS and iam feeling better. Thanks for your help

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Vin Kutty, MS June 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi John – losing 30 lbs is not easy. So congrats! 600 mg of Omega-3 per day will keep you from experiencing any deficiency symptoms. But it is optimal? Is it enough? Well, hard to say without knowing your diet. If you cook with vegetable seed oils (soybean, corn, canola oils etc.), if you eat out a lot, if you eat processed foods…then you consume a lot of inflammatory Omega-6. The higher your Omega-6 consumption, the higher your Omega-3 need. If I were to take a guess, I’d say that you’re probably not getting enough Omega-3. May be take 2 pills instead of 1. More importantly, reduce your Omega-6 consumption.

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Dylan June 10, 2014 at 12:21 am

i am 16 and taking it to help with my health and building muscle how much should i be taking?

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Vin Kutty, MS June 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Hi Dylan – Omega-3 may not help you build muscles, but it will certainly keep you healthy. I think you should be fine with 1000 to 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day.

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sean June 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hello, i take 2400mg epa and 2040mg dha per day, i have burps sometimes… can it hurt me? I take omega 3 beacause i dont eat fishes And because nutritionist told me it enhances the explosive power..

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Vin Kutty, MS June 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hi Sean – you’re taking a fairly high amount of Omega-3. Not sure you need that much unless it’s temporary and you’re using it to get inflammation under control. As far as the burping, that’s quite normal. You could switch to an enteric coated product if you want to avoid burping. I would also switch nutritionists if he/she told you that Omega-3 will ‘enhance explosive power.’

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sean June 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

He told me that because nervous system myelin is affected by fat, and fat is dha…. How much should I take per day?
Thank you very much.

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Vin Kutty, MS June 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Hi Sean – nervous system health is definitely affected by fat, myelin, DHA etc. I think you’d be fine at half the dose you’re taking. While Omega-3 is essential and good for you, more is not necessarily better.

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Randy June 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Hi Vin, I have a 5 year old autistic son, which only taking therapies and
multivitamins. I would like to know how much the allowed or MAXIMUM dosage
of EPA and (or) DHA for his condition.
Your reply is highly appreciated, thank you!

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Vin Kutty, MS June 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hi Randy – at this age, 300 to 500 mg of Omega-3 per day is a good target. See if you can get that from seafood instead of supplements.

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Mark S June 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Dear Vin,
Any data you can share in regards to Megadoses of Omega 3′s used to treat Endometriosis? I have read it is very effective but can’t find dosing information. I have a friend with Adenomyosis (related to endometriosis) and has been directed to get a hysterectomy which seems very extreme and as I have learned can be devastating to a women’s overall health.

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Vin Kutty, MS June 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hi Mark – I am not surprised that some doctors want to throw megadoses of Omega-3 at endometriosis. This is likely due to the role inflammation plays in the severity (and/or development) of the condition. The thinking then goes ‘Since Omega-3 are relatively safe anti-inflammatories, why not try it at high doses.’ To some degree, this makes theoretical sense. And based on this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614254/ it is probably OK to do for a short duration (weeks.) But I would not be comfortable taking 8,000 mg or 10,000 mg of Omega-3 every day endlessly. Those are artificially high dose of Omega-3 and our bodies are not meant to function that way. Sure, it may reduce the severity of the problem, but you may not know what other problems you are causing due to the higher oxidative stress.

Here is what I’d do:
1. Take 5,000 mg Omega-3 for 2 weeks. This is the top of the EU Omega-3 safe level.
2. Cut back to 3,000- 4,000 mg per day after that.
3. Begin a dramatic Omega-6 and sugar elimination. Sugar is self-explanatory. Omega-6 comes from seed oils – corn, soy, canola, sunflower, peanut etc. Virtually everything cooked outside the home is made with these oils. Increasing Omega-3 MUST BE paired with reducing Omega-6. There is no pill to reduce Omega-6. It has to come from dietary changes.

Hope this helps.

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sean June 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hello, I lowered the dose to 400mg epa, 350mg dha, and have diarrhea, continue taking?

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Vin Kutty, MS June 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi Sean – talk to your doctor. This may be just fish oil related or something more serious. This is now a medical decision and I am neither qualified not authorized to make medical decisions.

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Nine July 4, 2014 at 3:09 am

Hello, I am a 14 year old teenager and I was wondering how much should I take a day ? Just to stay healthy. I have fish oil 1000mg (total Omega-3 Fatty Acids 300 mg)

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Vin Kutty, MS July 4, 2014 at 4:25 am

Hi Nine – a couple of those pills a day should be fine. Aim for 500 mg to 1000 mg Omega-3 per day.

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Nine July 5, 2014 at 1:42 am

So should I take one in the morning and one after dinner or so ?

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Vin Kutty, MS July 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

You can take it together, as long as it is with a meal.

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Jenn July 11, 2014 at 5:04 am

I take synthroid and I wanted to try garden of life oceans 3 beyond omega 3. I see it has two other ingredients like seaweed and algae. Is that brand of omega 3 ok while taking synthroid?

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Vin Kutty, MS July 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Hi Jenn – since Synthroid is a prescription medication, you will need to ask your doctor or pharmacist about interactions. I am neither qualified nor authorized to discuss Rx meds and their interactions.

However, if you’re worried that the seaweed and algae has iodine, that should be easy to find out from Garden of life. I am almost certain that there is no iodine in that supplement.

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Mia July 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

My 8 yr old has anxiety issues that often induce gagging. How much Omega-3 would he need to help with anxiety? He is small weighing 45 lbs. He currently takes liquid Natures calm for kids multivitamin.

Thank you!
Mia

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Vin Kutty, MS July 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hi Mia – he should be fine with about 500 mg of Omega-3 per day. You could go up to 1000 mg, but that’s not a dose I’d stay at for too long. Omega-3 along may not help. You will probably need magnesium as well: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Calm-Raspberry-Lemon-16/dp/B00BPUY3W0/ and several other nutrients. It’s always a good idea to talk to a progressive dietitian to help get his diet under control. You may want to try someone here: http://authoritynutrition.com/11-paleo-low-carb-registered-dietitians-with-blogs/

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Mia July 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Thank you! I just ordered the Natural calm magnesium. Will he need a full dose being 8 yrs old? Also, what omega-3 brand do you recommend and does it come in liquid?

Thanks again!

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Vin Kutty, MS July 14, 2014 at 4:14 am

Hi Mia – give him half or quarter dose of the magnesium powder. I recommend Omega Fishies by Nordic Naturals. http://www.omegavia.com/omega-3-kids/ This is not a liquid item, but this is a good one for kids.

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Alyssa July 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

how much fish oil can the body absorb in a sitting? Ex. Can the body absorb all the omegas at once, or is it best to take them throughout the day?

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Vin Kutty, MS July 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

Hi Alyssa – if you take it with a meal, your body can easily absorb more than the highest dosage that we recommend, which is 3000 to 4000 mg Omega-3 per day. But it is rare when you’d need more than that. So you can take it all at once or split up during the day if that is more convenient.

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Nat July 17, 2014 at 2:48 am

Hi Vin,

I would like to ask how many pills of Nordic Natural Ultimate Omega 3 should I take if I have a triglyceride level of 306 mg/dL? I read from your previous posts that Oatmeal is not good as breakfast with high triglyceride level, so, should I not eat Oatmeal at all?

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty, MS July 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Hi Nat – the usual dose for triglyceride reduction is 3000 to 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day. Each Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega has 640 mg of Omega-3, so you will need about 5 pills a day.

Oatmeal, cereals, toast, orange juice, pancakes, bagels, croissants and all the other grain-based breakfast staples will all make your triglycerides worse.

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shirley August 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

According to the search criteria, this article was to include how much fish oil a body could absorb in one serving! Where is that information???

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Vin Kutty, MS August 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi Shirley – no researcher/scientist has calculated exactly how much fish oil is absorbed in one serving, but I can share some thoughts. How much your absorb is certainly far more than what is available in a pill or teaspoon of fish oil. Fats and oils are very easily absorbed by the body and unless you’re deficient in lipase (the enzyme that the body uses to digest fat), you’ll have no problem absorbing virtually all of the Omegas in fish oil. Fish oil capsules contain 1 to 1.5 grams of oil while liquid fish oils contain about 5 grams of oil per teaspoon. Most people don’t have problems absorbing 1 or 2 teaspoons of fish oil.

There is a lot of marketing out there with fish and krill oils and many brands claim to have better absorption than others. These claims need to be taken in context.

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Dan August 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hello Doc,
I am 28 years old guy and I am suffering from high blood pressure. I am taking one tablet of Sevikar HCT (Combination of amlodipine, olmesartan, hydrochlorothiazide) every morning.

Recently my doctor advised me to take Omea-3, however he did not specify the dosage.
I looked up online there are products with different ratio of EPA DHA. Two products I came across with (1. Omega-2 [1000] EPA: 640, DHA:360; 2. Omega-3 [1100] EPA: 720, DHA: 380).
All said, what dosage of Omega-3, ratio of EPA DHA and tablets per day would you recommend considering my condition.
Thank You.

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Vin Kutty, MS August 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Hi Dan – take a product that has both EPA and DHA. Make sure that you take a total of at least 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day. From a diet and lifestyle perspective, eliminate sugar, reduce grains and increase vegetables and exercise.

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Dan August 7, 2014 at 1:22 am

Thanks for the reply,
So the ratio of EPA-DHA is not a big deal in my case?
I just bumped into couple of articles online referring to the fact that DHA has more to do with reducing high blood pressure than EPA!!

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Vin Kutty, MS August 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Hi Dan – both DHA and EPA are important for this benefit. Take any pharmaceutical grade fish oil that contains both EPA and DHA – it will do.

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Sam August 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi Vin

Below are my latest numbers after being on high dose omega 3′s for about 3 months. Is there any way to improve on those values? I’m taking Nordic natural liquid omega 3. Thanks

Your Total Cholesterol of 207 is BORDERLINE
Your LDL of 147 is BORDERLINE
Your HDL of 48 is NORMAL
Your Triglyceride level of 60 is NORMAL

RATIOS:

Your Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio is: 4.31 – (preferably under 5.0, ideally under 3.5) GOOD
Your HDL/LDL ratio is: 0.327 – (preferably over 0.3, ideally over 0.4) GOOD
Your triglycerides/HDL ratio is: 1.250 – (preferably under 4, ideally under 2) IDEAL

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Vin Kutty, MS August 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi Sam – wish I had your numbers! Your Triglyceride/HDL ratio is enviable. Total cholesterol is a somewhat useless number because it is a combination of numbers that are supposed to be both high and low. My suggestion is to find out how much inflammation you have with a high-sensitivity CRP test. Focus on inflammation reduction, more veggies, more sun exposure, more sleep, more activity, and stress reduction. Read this: http://www.omegavia.com/omega-3-blood-test/

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Sam August 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Thanks. Good to know.
Is high dose fish oil alone enough to control inflammation?

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Vin Kutty, MS August 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Hi Sam – high dose fish oil helps, but to get to the root of the problem, you will have to target both diet and lifestyle causes of inflammation. Fish oil alone is a band-aid.

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Sam August 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Hi Vin

I emailed my doctor asking him to order the crp, omega 3 and insulin tests. His response was basically, these are not standard tests and wants to know what my concerns are as to wanting these tests. Before I respond back to him, I wanted to see if you have any specifics I can use to convince him. Thanks.

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Vin Kutty, MS August 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Hi Sam – CRP is for measuring inflammation. That’s self-explanatory. Omega-3 index is something you can do yourself. You need to go with your doctor’s guidance on insulin, as he will know if you have glucose/insulin issues.

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ms. white August 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

My mother is a diabetic 2, and has had multiple strokes in the past. How much of the omega 3, 6, 9 should she consume?

Thanks!

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Vin Kutty, MS August 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Hi Ms. White – I would suggest 2000 mg of Omega-3 per day, but I would check with your mom’s doctors as she is probably getting a lot of care already and you need to let the doctors know.

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mg428 August 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Dear Vin,

Do you have an idea why Dr Oz recommends Omega-3 supplement of 600mg to men but 1000mg to women? Please see the link below:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/critical-vitamins-every-woman

I will appreciate if you can refer to a scientific study or at least a piece of new if there is any.

Kind regards,

MG

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Vin Kutty, MS August 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Hi MG – I think both doses are sufficient to prevent deficiency symptoms but 600 mg is not big enough to make a big difference when it comes to major chronic health issues. I can’t speak for Dr Oz, but women get pregnant and the growing fetus needs a LOT of Omega-3.

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