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What Should Be The Daily Dosages Of Fish Oil for Supplementary and Treatment Purposes?

Updated on June 20, 2012

The generally accepted daily dosage of fish oil is 1 to 3 grams for healthy individuals aged five and up. Going beyond the maximum recommended dosage is only prescribed for people with special omega 3 needs, and can be detrimental for an otherwise healthy person. A 1000mg fish oil capsule usually has 500mg of omega 3 fatty acids, so taking two capsules a day should be enough to meet your daily dietary requirement. This is true of high quality fish oil supplements that have been processed properly to maintain most of its benefits and less of the contaminants. Poor quality counterparts often contain more contamination than cure.

For this reason, it is important to choose a fish oil supplement of the highest quality possible in order to keep your intake within the healthy range. And while fish oil supplements go through a filtering process during manufacture, it is virtually impossible to rid this oil of all traces of heavy metals. Thus, no fish oil supplement is ever really 100% contaminant-free. But high quality supplements do contain less contaminants than even the natural fish sources.

It is important to keep your daily dosage of fish oil well within the healthy range to prevent further health problems. Remember that too much oil in the body can significantly increase your bad cholesterol levels, and fish oil is no exception. Although it is noted for its ability to lower cholesterol levels, too much of it can easily offset its intended purpose. There is also the danger of heavy metal contamination, especially from low quality supplements and natural fish with questionable sources. It is always best to be just as conscious of a supplement's dangers as you are of its known benefits.

When you are taking fish oil supplement for the first time, start with the least recommended dosage of 1g (1000mg) a day, and gradually increase this dosage as necessary. It is important to be aware of any possible adverse reactions your body may have to this type of supplement before going the whole hog. If you have such health conditions as pregnancy, diabetes, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, lupus, Chron's disease, bleeding disorder, etc., it is important to consult your doctor first to determine whether or not fish oil is good and safe for you. Daily dosage of fish oil may go beyond the recommended range to conform with or treat these conditions.


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    • raj2006 profile image

      raj2006 5 years ago from New Delhi


      I am not a medical professional and what I have written is as per my personal experience, so it is more anecdotal.

    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

      Is this supposed to be purely clinical or an anecdotal recommendation?