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How Much Omega-3 Should You Eat

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While we often think that if a little of something is good, a lot must be better, be cautious: too much omega-3 fatty acid can promote a risk of stroke by thinning the blood excessively. Bleeding time is prolonged with an intake of omega-3 fatty acids that exceeds 3 grams a day. (Greenland Eskimos who consume an average 10.5 grams a day of omega-3 fatty acids have an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.) Too-high a daily dose can also negatively affect your immune system.

The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academies, recently revised the recommended daily intake of ALA (plant-derived omega-3) to 1.6 grams for adult men and 1.1 grams for adult women. They didn’t feel it was possible to set an acceptable range for all omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, DHA, EPA). They therefore recommended that a target amount of EPA or DHA is 160 milligrams a day for men and 110 milligrams a day for women.
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