benefits of fish oilI was asked a good question today. “What should your daily omega-3 intake be?” Is there a “daily dose”?

The simple answer is “No, there isn’t”.

But here is some information that may be of interest related to the question.

The fish oils considered to have the most benefit are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

The National Institute of Health claims that the average adult should be eating 100 g (3.5 oz) of fish twice a week in order to get the relevant amount of fish oil that they need.

The American Heart Association (AHA), has a recommendation of 1 gram per day of EPA and DHA for people with heart disease.

Between 2 and 4 gm per day are also used to lower triglycerides, these are the main form of fat in the body.

A surprising fact is that as well as fish oils that contain EPA and DHA, there are also plant sources that contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The body actually converts ALA into Omega 3 fatty acids, which may seem a little confusing. Anyway, because little is known about these plant sources, oils with DHA and EPA are the recommended ones.

More information can be found on our ‘Benefits of Fish Oil’ page.