Omega 3 fish oil question?

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kops2da
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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I am "supposed" to be taking Omega fish oil capsules for my high tryglicerides.  Occasionally, I got fish taste because of GERD even though I buy the enteric coated capsules.  Ok, now I read where they may help my UC inflammation.  How many a day is recommended - can't find that anywhere.  Thanks.
ElaineNY
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I like to get at minimum 1000 mg DHA. If I could tolerate more I would probably do a little more.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 3 day
Immuran
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
on average I take two 1200mg capsuels a day unless I have a football (soccer) game, in which case I take between four and six.

NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Mesaamaline (sp) Retention Enemas, herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


princesa
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently taking 12 mega EFA capsules a day for gut and joint health. The book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut has specific dosage recommendations for IBDers. Here's the brand I take. They have a strawberry flavor to them, which is nice.

http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Mega-EFA-Omega-3-EPA-DHA-2126-mg-240-Softgels


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


beartooth
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard of strawberry flavored fish oil. Who knew that fish oil came in more than fish flavor?
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (12.5mg and tapering down)


ediekristen
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
That's so weird, someone at my work was talking about strawberry flavored fish oil yesterday. I would probably be more inclined to take that since, even though the fish oil capsules might not really taste like fish, I HATE fish and the idea of it just grosses me out haha. I'm weird.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day

 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Not fond of fish either - but like seafood! 

Anyway, thanks to all for the info.  My capsules are 1000 mg. and I do believe my doctor so long ago recommended 3 a day for lowering my trigylcerides.  Think - since I take pills just twice a day now I will take one morning and one at night.

I bookmarked the strawberry ones so when I run out - they sound great!

EalineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Lucky777
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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking the 1000mg fish oil caps for about a month now.. should I be taking more? Is Fish oil something that you "can't have too much of?" I have heard that about things like vitamin C, etc.

I would like to know, because if taking 2kmg or 3kmg a day has helped anyone and won't have any side efects, I would certainly do it. They are not too very expensive if you buy the generic brands.
Sean - 31
Prednisone again for another 12 days, 25mg
UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (4 am)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium (on days where I have to leave the house)
Remicade infusion starting
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Activia yogurt and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change. Just got in my 4 day trial of Haldi.


Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sean, my naturopath put me on 3000mg a day

kops2da
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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   

My husband's doctor also put him on 3000 mg. a day for heart and tryglicerides, etc. 

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 10/1/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember not all fish oils are the same. I wouldn't bother looking at the front label of how many mg the oil is. Need to look more specifically at the EPA and DHA content on the back label. DHA portion very important, should have higher DHA content than EPA. I get some patients that come in and I suggest they use fish oil and they say "Oh yeah, I already do." I have them bring theirs in, first I'll usually pin prick it to see what it tastes like and smells like. You would be amazed how many people are buying rancid fish oil and wasting money. Then I'll just go over what the EPA and DHA are, how much they should be looking for in each component, and of course some good natural sources too. I know most of the people here get good quality stuff, but alot of the general population just get what's on their grocery store or walmart isle.


The guy that survived the sago mine collapse was being treated with 15,000 mg mega doses of EPA/DHA.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 3 day
Immuran
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


princesa
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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   

According to James Scala, author of The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut, you need at least 2 grams of EPA a day. Five grams is better and up to 9 grams a day is safe. That's GRAMS, not milligrams. He also recommends 1 gram of GLA (evening primrose or borage oil) a day. If you check the nutrition panel, you may find you're not taking nearly enough. Only the high quality, expensive brands that are "max" dosage are going to get you where you need to be.

Anyone interested in learning about the science behind omega-3 supplementation should check out his book, particularly chapter 10 - The basis of inflammation and tissue damage, chapter 11 - Clinical research results: Inflammation can be managed and chapter 14 - Less fat, more EPA.

Regarding flavors, I've seen fish oil and fish oil caps in lemon, orange and mint flavors as well as strawberry.

 



Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 

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