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How Much Omega-3 Do I Need in a Day?

How much Omega-3 per day

Taking Omega-3 supplements can be a great way to support your health, but it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount to experience maximum health benefits.

Consuming too little Omega-3 may lead to a deficiency – this is often characterised by dry skin, as well as brittle hair and nails.

Generally, it’s recommended that all adults consume at least 250mg of EPA and DHA each day to support their heart health, but this can vary depending on your individual needs.

Dietary Consumption of Omega-3

It’s recommended by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care that people consume two portions of oily or fatty fish per week, as the likes of tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring and anchovies are packed with essential nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids.

Foods rich in Omega-3

Most people avoid eating too much fish, because fish can contain small amounts of toxins. Pesticides, chemicals and metals caused by pollution in the ocean could cause harm if consumed in large quantities.

Some types of fish, including shark and swordfish, may contain harmful traces of mercury, so it’s advised that no more than one portion of these is consumed per week – and none at all for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. For women who fall into these categories, the advice is to consume two portions of oily fish at most.

This is why it’s advised that a person’s fatty fish intake is supported with Omega-3 supplements made using fish oil or the plant-based alternative of algae oil to deliver the health benefits associated with Omega-3 in a safe, concentrated, controlled dose.

Omega-3: Health Benefits

There are many proven health benefits of Omega-3. The following benefits have been recognised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and apply to specific doses of EPA and DHA:

  • DHA supports brain function and vision (250mg per day)
  • DHA and EPA support normal blood pressure (3g per day) and normal blood triglyceride levels (2g per day)
  • DHA and EPA support heart function (250mg per day)

Omega-3 and Pregnancy

Pregnant women should begin to increase their Omega-3 intake from week 12 of pregnancy onwards, making sure they are getting an extra 200mg of DHA each day on top of the 250mg of DHA and EPA that’s recommended for all adults.

Taking Omega-3 supplements during pregnancy can help to support their own and their unborn baby’s health.

Omega-3 Supplements: Recommended Doses

Omega-3 supplements containing EPA and DHA can deliver a wide variety of health benefits, from maintaining cardiovascular and cognitive health to supporting foetal development during pregnancy.

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Taking 500mg of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids combined each day equates to approximately the same amount of Omega-3 that would be consumed in one 140g portion of oily fish.

Omega-3 Supplements from MINAMI®

MINAMI® Omega-3 supplements can be taken at any time of day, but we recommend only taking them with food for the best results.

Remember that if you’re taking other medications, you should speak to your GP before taking fish oil supplements.

If you’re vegan or follow a plant-based lifestyle, you’ll find an Omega-3 supplement made from algae oil to suit your lifestyle at MINAMI®.

Most people will begin to notice the benefits of taking Omega-3 supplements within three to 12 weeks if they are getting the right ratio of EPA to DHA.

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