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Shots, Swigs and Teaspoons: Getting the Right Fish Oil Dosage

By Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD
4 years ago

There are a lot of things in life that we can do by estimation: many great recipes include pinches, dollops, and dashes; when parking a car, we can get close enough to the curb; and we’re great at almost staying within our budget. It is easy to get used to taking a guess at things, and in most cases, everything still works out just fine.

Unfortunately, fudging your daily dose of omega-3 fish oil is not one of those things.

Now this article isn’t meant to scare you into thinking that if you over or under-pour your fish oil by a few milliliters that you’ll grow gills on your neck. But precision and consistency are key to achieving the maximum benefits from your health investment.

How Much Fish Oil Should You Take?

The recommended dosage of Omega Cure® cod liver oil for adults is 13.4 mL (or approximately 3 teaspoons / 1 tablespoon). With this dosage, you get 3000 mg of EPA/DHA, which is what numerous experts recommend for getting the full anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids.

The Ways We Cheat Ourselves

Now picture your silverware drawer. If it’s like mine, you may have curated a beautifully mismatched collection of grandma’s old teaspoons, with a smattering of the set you were gifted from Bed Bath and Beyond, along with one gem you snagged from your alma mater’s dining hall. Okay, maybe your silverware drawer isn’t quite like mine. Point being—a household teaspoon is not necessarily a consistent nor accurate measuring tool when it comes to taking fish oil.

If by chance you do have a spoon that accurately measures 13.4 mL of liquid fish oil, you then face the next Herculean challenge: lifting the spoon up to your mouth without spilling. To avoid sloshing golden drops down that newly pressed white shirt, most of us fill our spoons just ½ to ⅔ full. So again, we cheat ourselves from getting the optimal dosage.

How much Omega Cure are you actually getting in a teaspoon?

Another beautifully inaccurate method: the swig. I applaud our customers whose pirate spirit inspires them to chug their daily dose of fish oil. Unfortunately, many of those customers may also notice that they do not finish their entire bottle within 18 days, meaning that they have under-dosed themselves. It’s either their swashbuckling lifestyle or the lack of a proper measurement tool that results in them not feeling a noticeable difference in their health.

What Are the Advantages for Getting a Full Omega 3 Dose?

If you recognize yourself in one of the examples above, you may be shorting yourself important milligrams of Omega Cure that your body needs to feel its best. Over time, those little drops add up.

For example, one customer told me, “For several months, I poured what I thought was a good ‘shot’ of fish oil into my glass of orange juice every morning. But then my fastidious husband decided to measure out Omega Cure for everyone in our family. It was amazing how much better I felt in my joints. That little extra really made the difference.”

A Customer of the Month echoed the same point in her interview, saying, “I had been taking about a spoonful of [Omega Cure] oil each morning, not really measuring it exactly…I increased my dose to a tablespoon a day, measuring it exactly with a shot glass. Within a few weeks, I noticed improvements in the pain in my ankles – and it was a significant difference. The increase in oil was the only change I made.” You can read her full story here.

Making It a Habit

Getting the right dose of fresh omega-3 is key to experiencing the benefits of fish oil. But consistency is equally important. Want to make Omega Cure work better for you? Aim to take it at the same time every day.

Find a time when you regularly have access to and the ability to take your fish oil. For some people, that is first thing in the morning with breakfast. For others, it’s easiest to take the oil right before bed. You can take your fish oil at any time, as long as it becomes a daily habit.

Now, if you twisted my arm and I had to choose, I would say make it an evening habit. For more on optimal timing, I recommend reading this post: What is the Best Time to Take Your Omega Cure Cod Liver Oil.

An Effective Fish Oil Dose, Made Easy

If you’ve been a long-time Omega Cure customer, you may be used to pouring your own daily dose. For some of you, I sense that you enjoy the process of seeing that elegant, golden-hued bottle in your fridge and measuring the optimal dose for your health. It’s become part of your routine, and that’s a good thing.

For the rest of you that are tired of washing your measuring spoons or racking your brain to remember if you took your fresh cod liver oil before or after you binge-watched Modern Family, Omega3 Innovations offers Omega Cure in handy vials. Each box of Omega Cure Extra Strength delivers a week’s supply of seven pre-measured doses in glass vials that are easy to store in your fridge or take on the go. Since there are seven in a box, you can quickly see if you’ve remembered to take your daily serving. They’re also travel-friendly, with TSA allowing up to 7 vials in your carry-on bag, or as many doses as you need in your checked bag.

Getting the Most Out of Your Fish Oil Supplement

Your health is an important investment, which is why we want you to get the most out of your omega-3 supplement. Find an accurate measuring tool and aim for precision when you pour. If you’re not keen on measuring or washing utensils, give the Omega Cure Extra Strength vials a try. Remember to take your fish oil supplement daily and at the same time each day. Then, sit back and notice the difference that those extra drops make for your health.

An Effective Omega-3 Dose, Made Simple

Get 3000 mg EPA/DHA per serving.

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Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD

Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. Dr. Chalmers practiced medicine for many years, serving both at high-tech hospitals and as a community health worker in rural Norway. Together with Dr. Martinsen, she later co-founded Wellpride LLLP dba Omega3 Innovations and is the joint holder of several patents that facilitate the ingestion of multiple medication combinations. Today, she serves as the president of Omega3 Innovations.

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  • Pouring and measuring at the same time without having much drip down the side of the bottle??

    • Usually with the classic Omega Cure bottle, the lip of the bottle helps prevent drip down the side. But with the Omega Cure Extra Strength vials, we typically recommend that people drink directly from the vial, since the dose is already pre-measured.

  • I'm new to Omega3 Innovations. With my order I received a number of small plastic cups with measurements marked on the sides....the important one being 1 TBLS. After reading this article I decided to test the measurement in the plastic cup using an accurate tablespoon measure. Low and behold the dosage in the plastic cup at the 1 TBLS level is a LOT more than what was measured using the accurate tablespoon I employed. (the method I used was to fill the accurate tablespoon with water and then pour it into the plastic cup). I used two different tablespoon measuring spoons and both showed that the plastic cup measurement is inaccurate and gives almost a 30-40% higher dosage than what is recommended.

    I think you need to start using more accurate cups or advise your customers to not use them.

    • Dear Dick Roberts, Thank you for your comment about the measuring cups included in your shipment. We're glad that you are engaged in reading our articles and paying attention to measuring your daily dose.

      After reading your comment, we investigated this issue with both a calibrated syringe and a lab scale. With both of these measurement tools, we found that the markings on the measuring cups we send with our shipments are correct.

      We have a few theories for what could explain the difference between our findings: 1) Many manufacturing products will vary in size by a certain percentage, including measuring spoons. One blogger explored this phenomena in depth after a dissatisfying baking project, and you might enjoy reading about what she discovered here. 2) When one pours a tablespoon full of liquid, it is not uncommon to under-pour in an effort to avoid spilling. Similarly, some of the water might be getting stuck on the measuring spoon when you transfer the liquid.

      Again, we appreciate your attention to detail and that you took the time to write. If you have more questions, we are here to help!

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