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The best way to get them is by eating fatty fish at least twice a week.
If you don’t eat fatty fish very often, you should consider taking a supplement.
However, it’s important to make sure your supplement contains enough EPA and DHA.
EPA and DHA are the most useful types of omega-3s and are found in fatty fish and algae.
This article reviews how much omega-3 (combined EPA and DHA) you need for optimal health.
Official Omega-3 Dosage Guidelines
There is no set standard for how much omega-3 you should get each day.
Various mainstream health organizations have released their own expert opinions, but they vary considerably.
However, higher amounts are often recommended for certain health conditions.
Bottom Line: To date, there is no official recommended daily allowance of omega-3s. However, most health organizations agree that 250–500 mg of combined EPA and DHA is enough for adults to maintain overall health.
Omega-3 for Specific Health Conditions
The following health conditions have been shown to respond to omega-3 supplements.
Here’s a quick rundown of the dosages used:
One trial followed 11,000 participants who took an 850-mg dose of combined EPA and DHA every day for 3.5 years. This caused a 25 percent reduction in heart attacks and a 45 percent reduction in sudden death (5).
Numerous organizations, including the AHA, recommend that patients with coronary heart disease take 1,000 mg. They recommend that patients with high triglycerides take 2,000–4,000 mg of combined EPA and DHA each day (6, 7, 8, 9).
Depression and Anxiety
In the case of mood and mental disorders, a supplement with higher amounts of EPA than DHA may be optimal.
However, an optimal dosage to reduce the risk of cancer has not been established.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help with numerous other health problems. The effective dosages depend on numerous factors.
Bottom Line: Omega-3 fatty acids can help with numerous health conditions. The dosages shown to be effective range from 200-4,000 mg.
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