Cutting to the Chase
Because of my abysmal ignorance concerning the validity of Dr. Barry Sears' Biochemistry in "The Omega Rx Zone", I can only examine the differences between Sr. Sears' guidelines, Dr. Perricone's guidelines, and the recommendations of conventional organizations such as the American Heart Association.
We Can All Agree That Modern Westerners Need More Fish Oil.
The White House has just recommended that people consume more omega-3 fats. The following table shows the estimated US current omega-3 fat intake versus some recommended consumptions.
|Source of numbers||Daily omega-3
|Estimated U. S. average intake||0.125|
|Am. Heart Assoc. (AHA) Recommendation||0.250|
|Dr. Perricone's Recommendation||1.000|
|Am. Heart Assoc. (AHA), Existing CVD||1.000|
|Am. Heart Assoc (AHA)., High triglycerides||2.000 to 4.000*|
|Teaspoon of cod liver oil||2.500|
|Dr. Sears' recommendation||2.500|
|Neolithic humans (according to Dr. Sears)||3.000|
|Eskimos||7.000 to 10.000|
|Harvard bipolar disorder study||10.000|
* - More than 3 gms. daily should be taken under a physician's care (per the AHA) because of anti-coagulant properties.
Taken from the
American Heart Assosiation's "New
guidelines focus on fish, fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids":
"Although the mechanisms responsible for omega-3 fatty acidsí reduction of CVD risk are still being studied, research has shown:
For data concerning mercury levels in fish, see the American Heart Association's
Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 Fatty Acids". (Note that shrimp
and salmon have no detectable levels of mercury.)
Here are FDA tables listing mercury contents for various fish.
Here is the AHA position on consuming supplementary vitamins and minerals.
Here is the AHA position on diabetic women and heart disease.
Here is the AHA position on meat, poultry, and fish.
Here is the AHA position on dietary guidelines
Here is another AHA position on dietary guidelines.
Here is the AHA position on triglycerides.
Here is the AHA position on very low fat diets
Here is the AHA position on Trans Fatty Acids, Butter and Margarine.
Here is the AHA position on the Lyon Diet Heart Study
Here is the AHA position on Homocysteine, Folic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease
Here is the AHA position on Preventing Heart Attack and Death in Patients With Coronary Disease
Here is the AHA position on Linoleic acid intake may help cut stroke risk
Here is the AHA position on °Ciao! down- Mediterranean diet
Here is the AHA position on Tropical Oils
Here is the AHA position on Phytochemicals and Cardiovascular Disease
Here is the AHA position on Sesame oil helps reduce dose of blood pressure-lowering medicine
Here is the AHA position on Step I , Step II and TLC Diets
Here is the AHA position on Early heart disease linked to genes, insulin resistance
Here is the AHA position on How you respond to high-fat diet is linked to genes
Here is the AHA position on Foods rich in folate may reduce risk of stroke
Here is the AHA position on Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease- Guidance From Framingham
See also Ask the Doctor- Daily Intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Dr. Sears recommends that we take 2.5 grams a day of total EPA and DHA, corresponding to something like 3 grams a day of total omega-3 fatty acids.
For people seeking to
optimize cardiovascular health,, he recommends 2.5 to 5 grams a day
optimaze brain function, he advises 5 to 10 grams a day
treat neurological diseases, he prescribes 10 to 25 grams a day.
latter recommendations probably wouldn't enlist the support of most medical
organizations. However, Dr. Sears' baseline recommendation of 2.5 grams a day of
combined EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid) and DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid) fall with in
the AHA guidelines for those with high triglyceride levels.
Bottom Line: Dr. Sears' maintenance dose of 2.5 grams of EPA plus DHA per day sounds like an acceptable dosage level.
(More will be added)
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