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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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