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Re: database of nutrients/omega-3 JackT

Posted by Larry Hoover on August 22, 2003, at 12:29:17

In reply to Re: Fish Oil and Acne and Depression Improvement fluffy, posted by JackT on August 22, 2003, at 11:24:50

> Katy,
>
> Thanks for your reply. The fish oil started working in less than a week. It has made a difference in my attitude -- less irritable and more enthusiatic about going to work and getting projects done around the house. It will take some time to determine if it has a lasting benefit, or even if the fish oil will work better after a month or so. I'll keep you posted.
>
> Please note that I'm exited about the improvement and that may have an anti-depressive effect as well. The fish oil is certainly not a cureall, but I do think that consumption of fish and/or fish oil is certainly part of good mental health. I am also eating more fresh salmon for dinner and canned sardines in olive oil once a week for lunch. There are studies that show that eating fish just twice a week has some positive benefits. I wonder how much Omega-3's are in a normal serving of fish?

Depends on the fish.

You can check that, here:
http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ah/food/

At the bottom of this page, you can select from three different pages of lipids. DHA and EPA are on different pages; one is on page 2, the other on page 3. You need to know the chemist's shorthand for the fatty acids. DHA is called 22:6. EPA is 20:5. Unfortunately, there are more than one kind of 18:3, but the table doesn't differentiate. After you select the lipid page you want to consider, you then select fish/shellfish. It's a little awkward, but it's easier than using the USDA database (from which these data arise), in my opinion.

The tables show grams of the fatty acid per 100 grams of fish. You'll see that 100 grams of salmon (100 grams is roughly 4 ounces) has about 2 fish oil capsules worth of omega-3's.

You can also check other kinds of nutrients, by going to the different pages for vitamins, etc. and selecting thereafter for the different types of food you want to consider.


> I just happen to shop at Target and picked up their "Origin" house brand of 1000 mg of fish oil. Larry judges the quality of the fish oil by the "fish burp test" :) This brand produces very few burps and is very tolerable. I can take with or without food but I try to take one with each meal of the day and then one at night (with my evening bowl of ice cream).

Yum! Fish oil flavoured ice cream. <heh>

Lar

 

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