How Much EPA and DHA Do You Need Daily?Print
It seems like a simple question, right? As it turns out, the answer may not be as straightforward as you think. A new infographic from GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, reveals huge gaps in what different countries recommend for daily intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), the two most researched omega-3 fatty acids.
Russia suggests 1300 milligrams daily. Norway checks in with a middle-of-the-road 450 milligrams. Australia advises just 160 milligrams. And many countries, including the United States, don’t make any official recommendation at all.
So, how do you know how much you need? It depends on your own results. Res-Q 1250, for example, is formulated specifically for cholesterol and heart health and contains the EPA and DHA omega-3s needed to reduce triglycerides and improve HDL (good) cholesterol.
Much of the research surrounding lowering triglycerides and increasing good cholesterol involves large quantities of EPA and DHA. While other heart-healthy benefits include reduced inflammation and better circulation, your lab test results for cholesterol and triglyceride levels can help you determine if you are getting the right amount of EPA and DHA.
The good news is omega-3 fish oil is generally well tolerated. And while lower-grade fish oils have been known to cause upset stomach and fishy breath, high-quality omega-3s like Res-Q do not.
What is most important to remember is that everyone's body responds differently to natural supplements, so results can and will vary. The key is to find the amount that works best for you.