Can we suffer from an omega 3 fish oil overdose? Unfortunately the answer will depend on what oil you are taking.
There are three forms of Omega 3. DHA, EPA and ALA. The latter is the type found in flaxseed, purslane and nuts etc. this type of omega 3 has to be converted over to DHA and the conversion is not always efficient if you are elderly of infirm.
The types DHA and EPA are found in copious amounts in supplements, which in our opinion is the best way to take these fatty acids.
Now lets get back to the question, can we suffer an Omega 3 fish oil overdose? If you are taking cod liver oil then you can overdose on the high amount of vitamin A found in it. Vitamin A is toxic when taken in large quantities. Please bear in mind that it is the vitamin A that is toxic, not the Omega 3 fats.
There are plenty of fish out there that it is almost impossible to overdose on. The oil from these fish has virtually no vitamin A in it because the oil is not produced from the liver.
This does not mean you should take an unnecessary high dose of omega 3. More does not mean better. The amount to take for a normal thirty five year old in good health would be 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg per day. Do not take a greater dose than this for a specific condition without expert advice.
I am a sixty six year old who is a diabetic and I am on aspirin to thin my blood, and I take 2,000 mg of Omega 3 supplements per day. However I consulted with my doctor before starting this course of supplements. If you are a diabetic or are on blood thinners then I recommend that you consult your doctor too.
I mentioned blood thinners because this oil is a natural blood thinner and if you are on an anticoagulant such as aspirin or some prescription drugs then you need to consult your doctor before starting on a course of this oil.
To summarize, it is very hard to suffer from an Omega 3 fish oil overdose as long as you stay away from the vitamin A found in cod liver oil. I must repeat this, Vitamin A is toxic if taken in large doses. Most of us need to take a daily Omega 3 supplement to ensure our good health.
Gordon Hall is fervent about enabling you and everyone to live a healthy lifestyle, and is an ardent reviewer of fish oil supplements. To discover which supplements Gordon recommends after far ranging and extensive research. Visit his website now at: http://www.elite-fish-oil-supplement.com