We recommend high concentration fish oil products to improve overall health as well as mood. We highly recommend Metagenics EPA-DHA 720 for most patients, we carry Metagenics products in our office as well as on our webstore stressmed.metagenics.com.
We also recommend Lovaza (900mg/capsule), GNC Triple Strength (900mg/capsule), or Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (640mg/Capsule). It is important to make sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids (EFA) from your fish oil. You can use the following equation to check the EFA content of your current brand:
EPA + DHA, divide by serviing size to get total mg of EFA
We recommend 2,000 mg of EFA a day to gain benefits for most patients. Notieable response within 4 weeks, continued improvement over 6 to 12 months.
Bipolar disorder* greater than 6,000 to 10,000 mg of EPA+DHA per day
Depression * 2,000 mg EPA per day
*Recommended doses based upon summary of dose comparison studies; dose required for individual response may vary. Studies also avaliable with use of Omega 3 fatty acids many other mental health disorders. Visit http://www.omega-research.com for more information.
EPA=anti-depressant effect, may be stimulating
DHA=calming and balancing effect, essential for brain development in teens and children
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