omega 3 dosage

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Children under three years of age should NEVER be given fish oil supplements.

Omega 3 Dosage

The American Heart Association and many other health organizations promote that everyone take one gram of Omega 3 rich supplements every day. The amount of capsules a person consumes depends on the capsules contents. Check the size of the pill and follow directions on the bottle for best results. With most manufacturers, they divvy up the fish oil dosages so that you must take one pill at every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) Keeping this in mind, however, there are cases where people should take a higher dosage to prevent heart disease or stroke. In the same sense, there are also cases where people, especially children, should not be taking as much as an adult.

Patients with high triglyceride levels should double their intake of Omega 3 fatty acid. Talk to your doctor first in order to find out if he or she recommends two, three, or four grams of Omega 3 fatty acid.

Some doctors prefer more while some prefer less. The FDA claims that up to three grams per day is safe to take on a daily basis and is beneficial to your health.

By Diet Alone

It is important for people to realize that receiving a gram of Omega 3 fatty acid is much easier to do if you take the pills over trying to do this solely by diet. In order to reach one gram of Omega 3 fatty acid, a person would have to eat the following portions:

  • 1 servings of trout
  • 3 ounces of sardines
  • 4 ounces of salmon fillet
  • 8 ounces of mackerel
  • 12 ounces of chunk light tuna
  • 15 ounces of haddock
  • 18 ounces of scallops
  • 20 ounces of catfish
  • 23 ounces of cod
  • Up to 40 ounces of lobster meat

Pay Attention to the Food Label

Pregnant women should ensure they are taking one gram of Omega 3 fatty acid in daily supplements every day. There is proof that maintaining Omega 3 levels in the blood stream help prevents premature birth, prevents brain and spinal birth defects, and helps prevent hypertension during pregnancy. Pregnant women must be particularly careful to avoid eating too much fish because of the risk of mercury poisoning.

Children under three years of age should never be given fish oil supplements. Parents can give these younger children cod liver oil liquid in a dose of teaspoon per 15 pounds of weight. Cod liver oil, however, tastes extremely fishy and some children will not want to take it. Children over the age of three can begin swallowing the capsules (check their size first) but should not be given more than 200 milligrams per day, so it is important to pay attention to the food label on these pills. With children, it may be easier to increase Omega 3 fatty acids by adding ground flax seed, canola oil, and some seafood to their diet. Again, mercury poisoning is an issue so parents should limit the child to no more than two servings of seafood per week.

Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are generally available in Cod Liver Oil liquid or gel capsules that are easy to take. There is a growing list of benefits to taking Omega-3 supplements, so most adults should add them to their daily vitamin regimen.