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EPA/DHA ratio?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by leaves, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    So I have been taking a high EPA fish oil the last 2 weeks and I notice I am more tired than usual. What are your experiences? Should I opt for DHA instead?
  2. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Hey SOC :)
    Yes that is a very good point! Actually I was feeling very hypoglycemic too, and my OI was worse too, so it is possible that that is also related then? Hmm too bad, this was supposed to WORK ! :-\
    Would a lower dose be good or just not take it at all?
    I have such dry eyes and this is the only thing I know that helps with it. The GLA increases seizures so thats out.
  3. TheMoonIsBlue

    TheMoonIsBlue Senior Member

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    Hi Leaves,

    You may want to try different brands which contain different kinds of fish to see if that makes a difference. I've tried some brands over the years and some of them made me seriously exhausted within hours of ingestion. They were all quality brands so I think maybe 1. The different type of fish they use may make a difference -and- 2. Some fish oils are sitting on the shelves or in capsules for years before you take them, so could be rancid.

    If I take too much it does make be bruise easily also.

    Don't know if you have tried Salmon only fish oil. I also think Barlean's is a great brand because they are FRESHEST. Date the oil was bottled is stamped right on the bottle.

    I have terrible dry eyes also!
  4. FunkOdyssey

    FunkOdyssey Senior Member

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    DHA and EPA have very different effects on the HPA axis. DHA is effectively neutral, while EPA suppresses HPA output (cortisol). You may very well find that a high DHA (like jarrow max DHA) or pure DHA oil does not have the same effect of making you feel tired -- many people have noticed this on another forum I frequent.

    If you want to get into the nitty gritty of this, have a look at this thread: http://www.mindandmuscle.net/forum/35557-fish-oil-hpa
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    L'engle moderate ME

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    I do best with a 3:2 EPA:DHA ratio. If I go higher than that on EPA my body may be more prone to crashing and overstimulated.
  7. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Interesting all; thanks!! Especially the EPA and DHA axis stuff, Pokerplayer did you try the jarrow DHA supplement, i.e. do you feel you need EPA at all?
  8. PokerPlayer

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    Hey Leaves,

    I did try a dha only supplement, I tried taking higher dha than epa and it made me feel terrible cognitively, with brain fog and depression.

    I definitely need epa more than dha. Just too much epa is bad, and too much dha is bad!

    I go with 1320mg epa per day and 880mg dha per day. I take 1/2 of my fish oils with breakfast and 1/2 with dinner. Splitting the dosaging into 2 times per day helps a ton.
  9. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Hmm so I guess it is trial and error then.. Kind of convoluted this multidimensional optimization, I am more the binary type :)

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