Wondering How Much Fish Oil Should I Take?
In my circle, I’m known as the Queen of Fish Oil. It’s a bit of a joke because I’m always trying to tell people about the amazing benefits of this natural supplement. There is so much research about the benefits of omega 3 that it’s almost impossible not to believe we should all be taking it. But then the question always arises: How much fish oil should I take?
Simply put: it depends. There are varying doses recommended for the condition you are most at risk for and therefore trying to heal or to prevent.
Heart Health – If you’re someone who is at high risk for heart disease due to family history, high cholesterol, heart arrhythmia, or other factors, look for a supplement that gives you 1 gram of the omega 3 fatty acid DHA. DHA or docosahexaenoic acid and EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid are two of the key omega 3 fatty acids. It’s critical for heart health.
Brain Health – Have you been interested in the research surrounding omega 3 and the brain? Nearly 30% of the brain’s fat is DHA. By ensuring you have enough of this fat, you enable proper cell function, which has been shown to reduce your chances for:
- bipolar disorder
- mood swings
- postpartum depression
Research points to 1 gram a day to help fight the disorders listed above.
Joint Health – You may already know that the primary function of fish oil is to reduce inflammation in the body. This translates into fewer aches and pains from conditions such as arthritis, morning stiffness, neck pain, back pain and bursitis.
To get the best results, aim for 2-3 grams a day.
Children’s Health – Parents who have been amazed and inspired by the results of giving children this supplement to counter the effects of ADD and AHDH should look for a dose of a minimum of 300 milligrams a day of DHA. This dose has helped so many youngsters with brain function primarily, but also with asthma, eczema, cognition, memory and focus.
Pregnancy Support – This is a very critical time for getting the correct amount of DHA into a mother’s system, and into a baby’s developing body. It’s known for being an essential component in the development of mental and visual acuity in babies, as well as contributing to their IQ, attention span, and socialization skills. For mothers, getting enough significantly reduces the chance of postpartum depression.
For these women, 250 mg a day of DHA will provide the support they need.