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Omega 3's - how much?-thanks Sandy

Posted by Louise on September 8, 1999, at 4:12:59

In reply to Re: Omega 3's - how much?, posted by Sandy on September 8, 1999, at 0:54:51

> The following information is from Dr. Jerry Cott, Chief, Adult Psychopharmacology Research Program, NIMH in Bethesda, MD.
> HOW MUCH: A "minimum" dose which might be considered reasonably effective is 1 gm/day of EPA plus DHA. The FDA recognizes up to 3 grams/day as being generally safe. Dr. Stoll thinks 5 grams is good.
> When doctors talk about Omega-3 in grams, they are referring to EPA & DHA content of fish oil. The outside of the bottle may say 1000mgs fish oil. Then, you check the back and it may say, 2 pills = 1000mgs. If it says 1000mgs of fish oil capsule contains 350 mg EPA & DHA, that means you'd have to take 3000mgs fish oil in order to get 1.05 grams of Omega-3.
> Dr. Cott recommends taking supplements of antioxidants to prevent oxidation of all the extra omega-3 oil going into the body. Based on his studies of oxidative stress in mental disorders, Dr. Mahadik in Georgia is recommending 1200 IU natural vitamin E and 2000 mg vitamin C daily for adults. Take only "Natural E" with "d-alpha-tocopherol." The synthetic version begins with "dl." If Vitamin C cannot be tolerated, other antioxidants such as grape seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, or pycnogenol may be a substitute.

Hi Sandy

Thanks for the extremely useful info. It's so hard to know where to get hold of the stuff!





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