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Unread 09-21-2015, 03:15 AM
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Default Omega 3, still worth it?

Given that recent studies seem to be swinging against omega 3 doing much, is it still worth it?

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205409

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/0...d-by-research/
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Unread 09-21-2015, 05:38 AM
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A clinical trial on 12500 people for 1year.
I wonder howmany of those actually took the 1gram every day or at all
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There are more endpoints to w-3 than are being looked at by much of this and they don't magically become a non-essential nutrient given that they don't work magic health wise.
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I heard an argument that they are 'essential' only in the strict scientific sense that the body can't synthesise them but that they are not at all necessary for human survival, in contrast to say EAAs.
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I hedge my bets and take a couple of caplets daily, along with the vitamin D3. Can't hurt.
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I heard an argument that they are 'essential' only in the strict scientific sense that the body can't synthesise them — but that they are not at all necessary for human survival, in contrast to say EAAs.
That's not what essential means.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_nutrient

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Essential nutrient

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An essential nutrient is a nutrient required for normal human body function that either cannot be synthesized by the body at all, or cannot be synthesized in amounts adequate for good health (e.g., niacin, choline), and thus must be obtained from a dietary source.[1]
Fatty acids


Further information: Essential fatty acid
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot synthesize them.[2]"
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So which parts of health are impacted if w-3 is omitted?

Not trying to be awkward, just genuinely curious.
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Me too. I was having this conversation with someone the other day. She kept asking me specifics and I was like I dunno, there are so many benefits you wouldn't believe it if I gave you a list (to paraphrase Lyle from one of the books).

Another thing I've always wondered about (and even Googled and searched this site) is on the dosage. I've heard anywhere from 1g/day (this study, apparently) to 3g/day. I currently take 3g/day, which is 5 of those horse capsules in the AM and 5 more in the PM. Do I need to be taking that much? It's always a chore to gulp them down.
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So which parts of health are impacted if w-3 is omitted?

Not trying to be awkward, just genuinely curious.
First and foremost realize that a TRUE deficiency is impossible to generate. It took them years to prove that EFA's were seential and they had to use a compoetely synthetic fat free supplement to do it.

That said essential intake is not optimal intake.

And seriously, why in the world are people doing this. EFAs are cheap, they do everything in the body except save old people who are already sick.

What in the hell are people worrying about here? Do y'all really hate taking that many pills?
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Another thing I've always wondered about (and even Googled and searched this site) is on the dosage. I've heard anywhere from 1g/day (this study, apparently) to 3g/day. I currently take 3g/day, which is 5 of those horse capsules in the AM and 5 more in the PM. Do I need to be taking that much? It's always a chore to gulp them down.
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/mus...s-part-1.html/

"While little research has examined athletes, I recommend a total intake of EPA/DHA of 1.8-3.0 grams per day. A fairly standard capsule of fish oils may contain 120 mg EPA and 180 mg DHA (300 mg total fish oils) so that daily dose would require 6-10 capsules per day which should be split at least morning and evening (taken with meals"
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