You can never have too much
But how ’bout fish oil? Can you take too much? And what happens if you do?
Everything you Need to Know About Fish Oil Dosage
How much Fish Oil is too much?
Answer: If you have not taken fish oil before, start with one pill per day. No more. And take it with a meal.
In a month or two, your stomach will get used to taking fish oil. Then, you can increase to 2 or 3 pills a day. Do not take more than 4 pills a day. And spread it out – take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening with your meals. Taking too many pills at once in the beginning can cause some unpleasant burping. Who needs that?!
It’s hard to hurt your body with recommended levels of fish oil. You’ll feel the burping and stomach discomfort from low-quality fish oil first.
What does the FDA and EFSA say about Fish Oil Dosage?
The US government says we need 1.6 grams or 1600 mg of Omega-3 as ‘Adequate Intake.’
EFSA (the European equivalent of FDA) is generally stricter and more conservative than FDA, suggests not exceeding 5000 mg of Omega-3 per day, with no risk of bleeding or immunosuppression at that dose.
3000 mg of Omega-3 is not the same as 3000 mg of Fish Oil.
If your bottle of fish oil says ‘1000 mg Fish Oil,’ that is the volume of fish oil per pill. That is NOT the amount of Omega-3 in that pill. A 1000 mg pill typically has only 300 mg of Omega-3.
If you take fish oil that you bought at the drug or grocery store, you’d need to take 10 pills to get 3000 mg of Omega-3.
Are you taking 10 pills a day? Probably not! So no need to worry.
A dosage of 10 pills is simply unreasonable! And will probably cause temporary side effects like bloating, gas, and excessive burping. With an Ultra-Concentrated Fish Oil you can get 3000 mg of Omega-3 with just 3 pills.
What to Expect if you Take too much Fish Oil?
You should expect minor, harmless and temporary side effects like:
- Fishy burps
- Bloated feeling
- Unpleasant taste in mouth
If you develop a rash, you may be allergic to fish. If you notice difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of tongue, lips or throat, get emergency medical help at once. These are signs of allergy. You may be having an allergic reaction to fish oil or something else that you just ate. It could be a dangerous condition. Go to your doctor right away.
But for most people, the side effects of fish oil are from taking low-quality products with potentially rancid oil.
Is there a Risk of Bleeding?
Smart people in lab coats argue about this. The risk is theoretical. Even if you take super high doses (10 pills or more) of fish oil, new research shows that bleeding time is not prolonged.
This study indicates that 3 to 6 grams of fish oil per day ‘does not seem to create a statistically significant effect on the anticoagulation status of patients receiving chronic warfarin therapy.’
This 2014 review concluded that ‘omega-3s do not affect the risk of clinically significant bleeding.’
Here is a scientific explanation from the smart folks at Purdue University.
Inuits don’t die from paper cuts
For what it’s worth, the average Inuit person in Greenland eats about 13,000 mg of Omega-3 per day. That’s the same as taking 43 Walmart-brand fish oil pills every day. Or about 13 OmegaVia pills. And they are doing fine. Matter of fact, they are better than fine. The elders who still mostly eat traditional high-fat foods made from marine mammals and fish have better heart health than we do. And they’re all not bleeding to death after getting paper cuts.
NFL players with Brain Injury
Dr. Barry Sears, famous for his high-omega-3 Zone Diet, has treated several ex-NFL severe brain injuries by giving them high-dose-high-purity fish oil.
George Visger of San Francisco 49ers had 9 brain surgeries and had lost most of his short-term memory from a lifetime of concussions. After taking 15 grams (15,000 mg or milligrams) of fish oil every day, his memory was “significantly improved.”*
15 grams of fish oil is a whole lot. But if the purity and quality is good and when built up slowly to that dosage, most people with brain injuries seem to tolerate it. We do not suggest this dose with OmegaVia or any Omega-3 product on your own. This is an unofficial protocol that some doctors use. You should not follow this protocol without a doctor’s close supervision.
Fish Oil Dosage: Balancing Benefits with Side Effects
If you take 3000 mg of Omega-3 per day, it will help with several health conditions*. If you’re over 50, this should be your goal. Are you getting enough fish oil?
Even though the US government says 1.6 grams or 1600 mg of Omega-3 per day is adequate, they did not define what ‘optimal’ dosage might be. Based on the research, 2000 to 3000 mg of Omega-3 daily seems a reasonable goal.
Good quality fish oil pills do not give you side effects.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.