Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are believed to provide general support for heart health, healthy blood lipids, brain health and wellness. There isn’t an official recommended daily allowance that indicates how much one should take, but there is research that gives some indications.
How much omega-3 do people need per day?
Omega-3s are important parts of the body’s cell membranes, and they help with the functioning of the heart, lungs, immune system, and hormone system.
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acid:
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are not enough data available to work out a recommended daily allowance of omega-3 for healthy adults. AI is the amount a person needs to ensure nutritional adequacy. One report from 2008 suggests that adult males and females should get around 0.25 grams (g) of EPA plus DHA per day for their AI. For an AI of ALA, the NIH recommends 1.6 g for males and 1.1 g for females.