Dr Sears recommends a minimum daily dose of EPA of 1.6 gram. I just received a shipment of V-Pure Omega 3 algae capsules. Each capsule contains 25 mg of EPA and 90 mg of DHA. Dr Sears explains that there is a 15% conversion of DHA to EPA, which means that an additional 15 mg can be added to the 25 of EPA to make it a total of 40 mg of EPA per capsule. Therefore, according to the above I would need to take 40 capsules a day to reach the recommended dose of 1.6 grams. Are my calculations correct, or does Dr. Sears say something to the contrary elsewhere? One quote of his that I found either in this forum or another might indicate something different:
“Most algae oils contain about 30 percent DHA but no EPA. Therefore I think that your capsule contains about 100 mg. of DHA. Since there is about a 15 percent retro-conversion of DHA to EPA, you would probably need about 10 capsules to get 150 mg. of EPA.”
Dr. Sears is saying that "to get 150 mg. of EPA ...." Does he mean that that is all you need or is he just making a calculation for our theoretical understanding, and if we would follow it to its conclusion it means we would need over 100 caps a day of the brand he is referring to?
Thanks for your help. I hope you are having as much success on the Zone Diet as I am.