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Hi pcovers,

Hmmm, I thought that when folks talked about how much fish oil that they take, they would be only talking about the specific Omega 3' I am. Now that you worded it like that, I can see how folks could get confused. Like my Carlson's are 1000 mg capsules, so I am taking 6000 mg of Carlson's fish oil, but OF THAT 6000 mg, only 3000 mg of them is Omega 3's. Hmmm...good point though. The studies that I read on lowering numbers (trigs and tc) say that the subjects took 3000 mg of Omega 3's. Here is a clip of just one of the things that I read:

"Many double-blind trials have demonstrated that fish oils (also called fish-oil concentrates) containing EPA and DHA (mentioned above) lower TG levels. The amount of fish oil used in much of the research was an amount that provided 3,000 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids. To calculate how much omega-3 fatty acid is contained in a fish-oil supplement, add together the amounts of EPA and DHA. For example, a typical 1,000-mg capsule of fish oil provides 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA (total omega-3 fatty acids = 300 mg). Ten of these capsules would contain 3,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil, do not lower TGs. While flaxseed oil has other benefits, it should not be used for the purpose of reducing TGs.

So that's the kind of info I'm basing my 3000 mg of Omega 3 on. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to cut back, if nothing else, just for the costs! The supplements that I'm taking to combat this cholesterol problem are costing my about $160 per month! That is a LOT more than my old $15 per month copay for my statins was! But, as I've said, I am able to walk around (almost) pain free these days since tossing the statins in the garbage. As long as I'm able to afford this route, I'm going to give it a try. I certainly hope that my numbers do go down with all these natural rememdies! :)


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