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Reverse Osteoporosis with Fish Oil and Exercise

Reverse Osteoporosis with Fish Oil and Exercise
August 19, 2012 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

A recent study demonstrated that fish oil supplementation (equal to about 3,000 mg twice daily of a standard fish oil capsule) combined with jogging or brisk walking (30 minutes 3-4 times per week) help to improve bone calcium density and strength better than either alone.

The underlying mechanism involved here is reversal of inflammation which both fish oil and exercise improve.

As I have said many times before, a reduction in carbohydrate intake to less than 100 grams per day has a dramatic impact on reversing the abnormal systemic inflammation associated with so many modern illnesses (diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease).

Although no studiess have looked at the impact of low carbohydrate diet on Osteoporosis, I would expect to see much of the same impact as the above study.Ā  I recommend doing all 3.


  1. Martha 1 year ago

    Hi Dr. Nemechek, for the last 2 months I’ve been taking 3000 mg DHA (6 caps NOW) daily to reverse my osteoporosis combined with exercise, but I started having gum bleeding. Could gum bleeding be caused by the fish oil I’m taking?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 year ago

      Gum bleeding is often associated with gum disease or low platelet counts.

      Consult your physician.

  2. Martha 2 years ago

    Hi Dr. Nemechek,
    re: fish oil supplementation to reverse osteoporosis.
    How do you calculate 3000 mg twice a day? Do you add EPA and DHA? If a capsule contains 500 EPA and 250 DHA, does it mean that I should be taking 4 capsules TWICE daily?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 years ago

      I recommend a total of 3,000 mg of DHA per day in adults. You will get a varying amount of EPA depending what brand of FO you use.

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