Fish Oil Dosages

Since fish oil is an unregulated supplement, there are no specific guidelines as to dosage.The typical dose in many over the counter supplements is around 1000 mgs, but this varies widely and there is more to the story than just what is written on the front.

Fish oil contains two of the most beneficial types of omega 3 fatty acids: DHA and EPA. Most scientific studies have been performed on these two, with DHA coming out on top. So it is really the DHA you are after if you wish to use fish oil to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

So no matter how many grams of fish oil are printed on the front, what you really want to look at are how many grams of DHA and EPA the supplement contains. This will also give you the amount of filler in the supplement, by comparing the ratio of mgs of DHA/EPA to the amount of the total capsule. A good quality fish oil supplement should contain around 50% filler vs 50% DHA/EPA content.

Most of the research into the (beneficial) cardiovascular effects of fish oil used dosages around 1 to 2 grams (1000 to 2000 mgs) of DHA, so that is the amount to shoot for. However, caution should be exercised as higher dosages make the blood thin and might have the effect of reducing the ability of the blood to clot, or add to the effect of blood thinning medication. Consult your doctor first.