Are you getting enough omega-3s?

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  • How many servings of white fish (sole, cod, tilapia, fish sticks, shrimp, etc.) have you had in the last week?
  • How many servings of fatty/oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) have you had in the last week?
  • How many pills containing EPA and DHA — including fish, krill or algae oils — have you taken in the last seven days?
  • How many servings of omega-3 fortified juices, milks or margarine did you consume in the last seven days?

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Your estimated intake:

Recommendations

Congratulations! Your estimated intake of EPA and DHA omega-3s is likely greater than 500mg per day, the amount recommended by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), an organization of scientists focused on fatty acids like omega-3s.

Most people’s diets change from week-to-week, so if you have reached the 500mg/day target, be sure to keep consuming sources of EPA and DHA every week. Click here to find easy dietary sources of EPA and DHA.

How we did the calculations

In order to make your results as accurate as possible, we reviewed a variety of different EPA and DHA sources and created some averages for use with this test. While we know this is not an exact science — most people don't measure their portion sizes, for example — here's a quick look at the numbers we used in calculating your results:

  • Supplement: 300mg/pill
  • White Fish: 235mg/serving
  • Fatty Fish: 541mg/serving
  • Fortified food: 32mg/serving

Confirm your results

Did you know you can actually test your blood to confirm that you really are getting enough omega-3s? Here are links to three independent testing companies that can answer this question. Check with your doctor — some are even covered by insurance.

Your estimated intake of EPA and DHA omega-3s is lower than 500mg/day, the amount recommended by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), an organization of scientists focused on fatty acids like omega-3s. The good news is that you are likely meeting the minimum level of intake recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and in the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. More than 95% of Americans consume less than 500mg/day as well, so you just need to make a few adjustments to your diet to be in the top 5% of Americans!

If you are in this range, you should consider adding one additional serving of fatty fish per week to your diet, as this typically provides enough additional EPA and DHA for you to reach 500mg per day. Most omega-3 supplements also contain more than 250mg of EPA and DHA per serving, so adding one supplement per day could help you reach the target as well. Click here to find easy sources to incorporate into your diet and close the gap.

How we did the calculations

In order to make your results as accurate as possible, we reviewed a variety of different EPA and DHA sources and created some averages for use with this test. While we know this is not an exact science — most people don't measure their portion sizes, for example — here's a quick look at the numbers we used in calculating your results:

  • Supplement: 300mg/pill
  • White Fish: 235mg/serving
  • Fatty Fish: 541mg/serving
  • Fortified food: 32mg/serving

Confirm your results

Did you know you can actually test your blood to confirm that you really are getting enough omega-3s? Here are links to three independent testing companies that can answer this question. Check with your doctor — some are even covered by insurance.

Your estimated intake of EPA and DHA omega-3s is lower than 250mg/day, the amount recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You are not alone though; more than 78% of Americans consume less than 250mg/day as well.

For a healthy heart, you should consider increasing your consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids by eating two servings of fatty fish per week, taking an omega-3 supplement, or adding some products fortified with omega-3s to your diet. Click here to find easy sources to incorporate into your diet.

Because your intakes are so low, you may also want to talk to your doctor about getting a blood test to see if you are at risk of having low omega-3 levels. Your body incorporates the omega-3s you consume into your cells to help them operate efficiently, which can be measured with an omega-3 blood test.

Here are links to three independent testing companies that can answer this question. Check with your doctor — some are even covered by insurance.

How we did the calculations

In order to make your results as accurate as possible, we reviewed a variety of different EPA and DHA sources and created some averages for use with this test. While we know this is not an exact science — most people don't measure their portion sizes, for example — here's a quick look at the numbers we used in calculating your results:

  • Supplement: 300mg/pill
  • White Fish: 235mg/serving
  • Fatty Fish: 541mg/serving
  • Fortified food: 32mg/serving

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