What are omega-3 fatty acids? Why are they important?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are necessary for the human body but cannot be produced by the body and must be consumed from either food or supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in brain function and normal growth and development.
How much omega-3 should I be taking?
The general recommendation for healthy adults in Canada is to consume 500mg of total omega-3 oils per day through the diet (approximately 2 servings of fatty fish per week) and/or with the use of supplements. However, keep in mind that there are varying daily recommendations of EPA and DHA depending on country, organization, target population, gender, and age.
Since there is fish oil in both Allysian's Omega™ and Smartkids, would it be too much fish oil for my child to take both products at the same time? If not, how many can they take?
If omega-3 sources, such as fish, vegetable oils, nuts, are not a part of the child’s regular diet, they may take 1-2 capsules of Omega in addition to SmartKids, depending on their age (2 capsules okay for those over 6 years).
General recommendations for EPA + DHA intakes are the following (from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations):
- 2-4 years: 100-150 mg
- 4-6 years: 150-200 mg
- 6-10 years: 200-250 mg
Each serving of SmartKids (2 gummies) contains 9.5 mg EPA + DHA. Each capsule of Allysian's Omega™ contains 113.5 mg EPA + DHA. The combined total of 2 SmartKids gummies and 1 Omega capsule is 123 mg EPA + DHA.
Are there side effects from taking too much omega-3 through supplements?
Supplementing within the range of 1-3 g of krill oil has been well tolerated. Ingesting large amounts of fish oil (approximately more than 3 g per day) may result in loose stools and oily bowel movements. It is advised to take Allysian Omega™ within the recommended serving size of 2 capsules per day, unless otherwise advised by a health care practitioner.
I'm currently taking a fish oil and want to transition to Allysian Omega™ krill oil. How much krill oil do I need to take compared to fish oil?
Krill oil and fish oil are both sources of omega-3 oils. If supplementing according to the omega-3 content, approximately 2⁄3 of a basic fish oil should be used to supplement with krill oil to account for the increased absorption of krill oil. For example, if normally supplementing with 1000 mg of omega-3 oil from fish oil, then 660 mg of krill oil should be supplemented for equivalent omega-3 intake.