Fish Oil

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  1. dannysul

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    Recently start taking omega 3 fish oil (800 EPA/500 DHA) to see if it can assist with inflammation after playing. Any recommendations as far as dosage is concerned? I weigh 150 lbs. Thanks!
     
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    Paleo man used to lick a 40 lb mackerel
     
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    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
     
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    Fish oil hasn't been terribly useful for inflammation. One study I saw reported only a 15-20 percent reduction in C-Reactive Protein, a marker of inflammation. Far better results have been reported with turmeric, for example. Take it in pills or eat lots of Indian food (the latter preferable, as some feel it's better if it's been cooked.)
     
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    Paleoman lived to be ~30 years old, the Okinawan with their fish based diet would have high fish oil consumption, have a 90ish yr lifespan. Maybe fish oil breath is good for you.
     
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    Fish oil doesn't do much for inflammation in my experience. I do notice my skin is clearer and just feels less dry when I take it. I mainly do it for the heart benefits.
     
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    How about sardines or salmon 2-3x/week or more? Prefer this to fish oil supplementation. Stay away from tilipia. Much of has considerably more omega-6, which is pro-inflammatory, than omega-3 fatty acids.


    Had not heard this about fish oil. Details please. Was any distinction made between eating fish and supplementing with fish oil? It seems that WebMD and other respected sources are still touting the anti-inflammatory benefits of fish and fish oil.

    Oil and black pepper (piperine) also appears to improve the bioavialablity of turmeric. Lecithin, nut oils, olive oil, butter and other fats all seem to do the trick. Peanut butter and coconut oil with turmeric can be useful.
     
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    20% decrease for a non pharmaceutical with minimal side effects is actually pretty impressive.
     
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    I've heard Krill oil is actually better.
     
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    I've been using the 'good stuff' ....2 tsp of cod liver oil instead of the fish oil caps. Actually have less of the fishy burps and after-taste.
     
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    Good point. Also, I wonder if it is a 1-to-1 relationship. Does a 20% reduction in C-Reactive Protein correspond to a 20% reduction in inflammation? Could it be more, or less?
     
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    ^^ the question is not a meaningful one since inflammation is a highly complex set of processes, with at least 8 cell-mediated factors released, leukocyte reactions, vascular responses, etc. There is no single reference measurement for inflammation. And no, 20% is not judged to be a very significant reduction in, for example, the rheumatology literature.
     
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    I try to eat 2-3 tins of those a week. King Oscar variety. Heard they were a power food.
     
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    Consider this. The typical Western or North American diet is characterized by a gross imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. A number of sources put the ratio at something like 15:1 to 20:1. This represents a balance that would be highly pro-inflammatory. An ideal ratio might be closer to 1:1. Some studies that add fish oil supplementation to the diet may improve the imbalance somewhat but may not be sufficient to achieve an "ideal" balance.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909
     
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