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General Zod
08-11-2005, 11:31 AM
Just bought some Carlson's Fish Oil. When should I take this, and how much should I take? Thanks.

Zod

Built
08-11-2005, 11:34 AM
I take 10g a day, a few grams with every meal.

General Zod
08-11-2005, 01:21 PM
Is 10Gs of one, the same as 10Gs of another? If one is higher is EFAs (or whatever they are), do you need to take as much? Thanks again.

Zod

Built
08-11-2005, 01:23 PM
Dunno what's in yours.

waynis
08-11-2005, 02:57 PM
ten grams? jeez. I take 2 grams every day. The bottle might tell you just to take 1 teaspoon. 10 grams a day might get pretty expensive.

Unreal
08-11-2005, 03:12 PM
Fish oil is cheap. I think 500 1g caps was $6-7 bucks. I take 2-6 a day, depending on what other fats I'm going to eat that day.

waynis
08-11-2005, 03:15 PM
Fish oil is cheap. I think 500 1g caps was $6-7 bucks. I take 2-6 a day, depending on what other fats I'm going to eat that day.

what! name brand? share me a link.

Unreal
08-11-2005, 03:20 PM
I over estimated a bit, but costco is 300 pack of 1g caps for $7.

Shao-LiN
08-11-2005, 06:31 PM
Costco brand is cheap. customnutritionwarehouse.com sells bulk fish oil caps and ends up being a bit cheaper, I think. Optimum Nutrition also has a relatively cheap fish oil. The concentration of EPA and DHA will differ from brand to brand. I make sure to get at least 3g of EPA/DHA per day.

Built
08-11-2005, 06:33 PM
Note that this is NOT necessarily the same as 3g of fish oil.

:)

manowar669
08-11-2005, 06:38 PM
Built is right, most fish caps are about 1/3g (320mg) EPA/DHA per 1g cap. That means 3 caps gives you about 1g of EPA/DHA. So, 9-11 caps per day is a good dose, depending on your weight, and the breakdown of the rest of your diet. I take 3 caps, 3 times a day with meals.
BTW, nice avatar Built! New pics??? I haven't been around in a little while.

D Breyer
08-11-2005, 07:00 PM
i have the costco fishoil caps too (300 ct.)

good stuff.

waynis
08-11-2005, 07:54 PM
I over estimated a bit, but costco is 300 pack of 1g caps for $7.

blah.. I get the real deal liquid. Carlson is definetly a good brand. Very fresh tasting. Worth the money imo.

Shao-LiN
08-11-2005, 07:55 PM
I have the Kirkland (Costco brand) Enteric Coated Extra Strength Fish Oil Concentrate caps...180 softgels. Each has a total of 440mg of EPA/DHA.

young buk
08-11-2005, 08:11 PM
Would it be better to take Flaxseed oil? Are they similar or completely different? Im looking to get some EFAs but dont know which one i should get or to get both

Vitalize
08-11-2005, 09:47 PM
Just eat fresh fish everyday.
Then you dont need too worry about supplimentation.
Sure it can be a little expensive, but better than pills.
Not sure about where you live and how much it would be, but for a huge slab of trout salmon sashimi caught the same day it only costs 300yen. (about 3 dollars I think?)

Built
08-11-2005, 10:38 PM
Fish oil is better than flax.

Waves at manowar669 :)

manowar669
08-12-2005, 03:36 AM
Unless you are allergic to fish, or you're a vegetarian, then fish oil is better and cheaper than flaxseed oil. ALA is in flaxseed oil, and it's a precursor to EPA/DHA. Your body converts ALA to EPA/DHA as needed, but the coversion is inefficient (around 11%). I don't have a bottle of Flax oil handy, but I remember doing the math before, and IIRC, you'd have to consume about 5-7 tablespoons of flax oil daily (70 grams of fat) to get the same 3 grams of EPA/DHA as 10 grams of fish oil.

General Zod
08-12-2005, 04:44 AM
Dunno what's in yours.1 serving = 1 Teaspoon (5 ML). 4G Fat, 1G Sat, 2G Poly, 1G Mono. EPA = 800mg, DHA = 500mg, Other Omega 3 Fatty Acids = 300mg.

Thanks.

Zod

HardToSquat
08-12-2005, 06:10 AM
I atke 1 tablespoon of Fish oil,1 tablespoon of Barleans Flax oil and 1 tablepsoon of unrefined virgin olive oil every day.

Shao-LiN
08-12-2005, 06:26 PM
Just eat fresh fish everyday.
Then you dont need too worry about supplimentation.
Sure it can be a little expensive, but better than pills.
Not sure about where you live and how much it would be, but for a huge slab of trout salmon sashimi caught the same day it only costs 300yen. (about 3 dollars I think?)

You'd need to eat quite a bit of it. So yes, it would be much more expensive than driving to Costco and paying $12 for a higher concentrated source.

manowar669
08-16-2005, 03:48 AM
You'd need to eat quite a bit of it. So yes, it would be much more expensive than driving to Costco and paying $12 for a higher concentrated source.

Easy to do. According to my sources, a 3oz serving of Mackerel or Sardines has 1.9g of EPA/DHA. So 6oz of either would do you for a day. (Plus the 30-50g protein for the fish). Mackerel is very cheap, about $.65 for a 16oz can. A 3oz serving comes out to about $.17.