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Choosing an Omega-3 Supplement: Dose & Cost Effectiveness

Choosing an omega-3 supplement can be very confusing.  There is no standard dose and the prices vary tremendously.  It's important to choose a supplement that provides the right kinds of omega-3 and in the right amount.  Look for the bioactive ingredients, EPA and DHA--these are the key omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish. Many experts recommend getting at least 650 milligrams/day of these key omega-3 fats.

Cost of Fish Oil per Dose

I created a chart to help evaluate the cost of omega-3 supplements per dose. For a level playing field,  I used 800 milligrams (EPA + DHA combined) as the price comparison dose, because it's about what you get in one prescription capsule of Lovaza. To download the chart, just cllick on the pdf icon below:

Chart: Cost of Fish Oil Per Dose:OTC v Prescritpion Cost of Fish Oil per Dose Chart

How Much Fish Oil for Various Health Conditions?

There are hundreds of studies, which show omega-3s may be helpful for a variety of conditions from arthritis to stress reduction. The following chart (download below) list amounts of omega-3 fats recommended for different conditions, with the scientific reference. Remember to always check with your physician before taking fish oil, especially in amounts exceeding 3000 milligrams (the level deemed Generally Recognized as Safe by the FDA).

Chart: Cost of Fish Oil Per Dose:OTC v Prescritpion How Much Fish for Health and Disease Prevention:Condition by Condition

Interviews on Omega-3 Fats

Listen: Food for Thought: "Omega-3s" and the Brain

This is a radio interview with Dr. Joeseph Hibbeln, Dr. Thomas Brenna, and myself, on the Kojo Nnamdi show.  Over the years, I've participated in a lot of interviews, and this by far was one of the most informative shows.

radio interview Kojo show omega-3s Tribole

Watch:How To Choose Fish Oil

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD television interview

This is a podcast on omega-3s.

Listen: Omega-3 Supplements

 

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