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I listened to the prof's latest podcast today and heard him recommending Fish Oil for the first 9 months of the program. This flew me into a blind panic as I have somehow missed that recommendation and I haven't been taking any Fish Oil other than from the copious amounts of fish that I am eating. I came straight onto here to research the best fish oil products to buy and read the supplements thread which talks about fish oil. Towards the end of the topic Lisa says this:

A good thing to do - but personally, after listening to the article, I am very happy I do not consume fish oil at all, given the processing it is subject to.


This gives me the impression that she does not approve. Now I'm really confused.

Friends, can you tell me if I need to be taking fish oil, if so which brand and how much of it?

Gareth
HI there... I am on month four of taking fish oil supplements. Was very confused over what brand -and quite wary as my lab tests (which I got independently testing the usual suspects - vitamin D, zinc, the B vitamins etc) showed I had high mercury levels. (I had been eating a lot of tuna and swordfish). My doctor - who specialises in nutrition - recommended backing off the big fish - concentrating on the smaller fish down the food chain (mackerel etc). He also suggested buying Lamberts Pure Fish Oil - each pill contains 700mg omega 3 fatty acids per capsule including 360mg of EPA and 240mg of DHA. So that is what I have done... Hope this helps,
Rachel
Gareth,

If you are eating enough fish, as in getting 5g Omega-3s per day with what you are eating, then you don't need the fish oil. Actually, you need to have 3/4 of the 5 grams omega-3 taken as fish oil or by eating fish and the other 1/3 from flaxseed oil.

Here is the brand that Alex from this forum recommended to me, which was recommended to him by his dr..(a naturopath I believe--but not certain...Alex???).

http://www.amazon.com/Pharmax-Esssentai ... B000NE5EH2

I was taking the fish oil caps, Nordic Natural Ultimate Omega, but found them to be expensive and you only need a small amt. of the fish oil as compared to taking several fish oil caps. (depends on how much omega-3s are in each capsule) fish oil caps.

I hope that helps....dont panic!!!
njmom wrote: Gareth, If you are eating enough fish, as in getting 5g Omega-3s per day with what you are eating, then you don't need the fish oil. Actually, you need to have 3/4 of the 5 grams omega-3 taken as fish oil or by eating fish and the other 1/3 from flaxseed oil.......

rachelh wrote: Hi there... showed I had high mercury levels. (I had been eating a lot of tuna and swordfish). My doctor - who specialises in nutrition - recommended backing off the big fish - concentrating on the smaller fish down the food chain (mackerel etc)......

Thank you both for your posts, quite correct. For further clarification on ALA conversion from fish or flaxseed oil, please see the FAQ here, about the 6th one in the Diet category: http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org/Resources/FAQs/
I have to admit, I'm still a little confused. I eat oily fish 3-4 times per week, this isn't enough is it?

Thanks for the link NJ but that is an American site and I can't find this product in the UK.

There are others taking Fish Oil caps. Is the oil better than the caps?

Can anyone in the UK let me know what you are doing about Fish Oil. Marcus, what are you taking and how much?

Gareth
I take that one.
In the past the label also said no saturated fat as it had been distilled out.
My only thought now on this oil is that perhaps the oil has been too refined and remade, not sure on it, but have several boxes in the fridge to get through.
Hey, we took these:
http://www.simplysupplements.net/produc ... th-1000mg/

We kind of went through lots of different fish oil in the early days but levelled out with this one at around 6 a day (2 with each meal) giving nearly 3.5g of omega 3. We were also eating a lot of tinned mackeral, sardines and fresh oily fish (probably too much post food diary).

We now take two of these a day so there is always a bit of ELA/DHA in the diet but we get most of our omega 3 from flax oil and flax seed now. I figure we get around 2g a day from flax seed, 3g from flax oil and 1g from fish oil so approx 6g daily average. Then, any extra from fish we eat so if we got 7g a week from fish then we would be averaging about 7g a day which is hopefully more than enough.

I am looking for a high quality, filtered fish oil supplement with at least 0.5g EHA/DHA as well though so would love to know what people are using.

M
Sorry to drag this topic up again but I'n still not sure I'm getting this right. A couple of new posters have posted topics that have got me thinking again.

I went away from this topic last time thinking that I ought to be taking about 6 tablets a day, less on the days that I had flax oil or fish. Then I read this on a diet overview sheet that I hadn't found before:
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements (these make up about 30% of the
composition of fish oil and 60% of flaxseed oil): 20g (20mls or 20
capsules) a day (of flaxseed oil or fish oil, or the equivalent amount
if fish, concentrating on fish or fish oil when beginning the diet


20! Oh my goodness, I have been taking nowhere near that amount. Elsewhere on the site in the recovery program section it says the following:
Essential fatty acids form an important part of the whole healing package with MS. Omega 3s should be more helpful than omega 6s based on the literature. Major authorities in MS are now recommending this be brought to the attention of people with MS.


There is no mention of 20 tablets here and anyway, don't the tablets vary in strength. So I have found anyway.
This is the brand of fish oil that I currently have in the cupboard:
http://www.bigvits.co.uk/product.asp?pi ... &tid=&bid=

Can somebody please mother me and let me know how much of this product I should be taking. I really don't wanna get this wrong any more. I eat oily fish 2-4 times a week.

Gareth
You should be consuming at least 20 ml fish/flaxseed oil or eating 20 g small oily fish each day - more is better - just watch the sat fat intake.
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