We are newbies to Paleo and if I follow Robb's suggestion of 1 gram per 10 lbs of body weight then that is a lot of grams of fish oil just for me and my husband combined. I did check out Mr. Sears fish oil and I was a bit overwhelmed at the cost of fish oil for one month and I am sure that is based on normal weight for one months supply so it would be even more for us!
We are both obese and we are looking at taking about 58 grams a day combined. I have no idea how many capsules that would be right now. Has someone on limited income figured out the best way to achieve this to get a better balance in the beginning with fish oil without spending a fortune?
I guess you can get the oil by the bottle. How many grams are in one teaspoon of fish oil or perhaps it varies by brand? The thought of actually swallowing fish oil and multiple teaspoons or tablespoons is a bit daunting so not sure which way to track this liquid vs caplets vs cost vs gagging.
We are not training for anything and are trying to lose weight and remedy various health problems. We eat fish at least twice a week. But I do have Fibromyalgia and inflammation and if high doses of fish oil in the beginning will tap down the pain and inflammation this is very important to get this right.
Many on here will recommend this:
In this way, you will increase your omega 3 intake while lowering omega 6 intake.
I believe Robb suggests the huge fish oil (omega 3) dose in order to quickly correct imbalances in the body. That logic is questionable, as I have seen data that changing omega 6 intake can dramatically change tissue concentrations within one month. In other words, there may not be a need to megadose your fish oil. Also, Carlson's fish oil tastes good, and I'm 99% sure you will not gag.
From what I've researched, rapid high doses of fish oil is unlikely to reverse fibromyalgia. Having gone to a pain clinic for many months for my own stuff, I would love that to be the case! But unfortunately nerves get quite used to this type of pain, and it becomes more of a journey than an attack. There's a book called something like "Reversing Chronic Pain" that talks about this, with sources.
Note that high dose fish oil is not great for everyone. For those who bleed slowly like myself, my hematologist recommended as low a dose as is helpful, then titrating up. And if you have too many total PUFAs, that could be bad if pro-oxidants are still hanging around and attacking said PUFAs. I wish you the best of luck, and do report back on how your regimen worked or didn't work.
You are all taking too much fish oil by a lot. The key is reducing omega 6 intake, not increasing omega 3 intake. There is no scientific support for supplementing with more than a gram or two per day. In fact, there is evidence that more is bad.
In liquid form, 1/2 teaspoon of high quality fish oil = 1.6g (1600 mg). Nordic Naturals 4oz bottle of Ultimate Omega costs $42. Carlson's is similary priced. You'd have to swallow a lot of pills to get this much Omega-3 in one dose.
Remember that omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fat. THerefore, it is prone to rancidity and oxidation, just like other PUFAs. Be sure to keep that stuff in the fridge to help preserve it! And I think there is probably a point at which it does more harm than good. I don't think the research has quite sorted out how much is optimal, but certainly I have heard a number of reports from people who seem reliable that they had problems when taking high dosages. I personally have decided I will not take high dosages and will instead try to eat more fresh sea fish and cut down on other PUFA and omega 6 intake.