Global Organization for EPA and DHA recommended intakes


Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) is a not-for profit association, founded in 2006, which goals are to increase consumption of omega-3 to adequate levels around the world and to ensure that the industry is producing quality omega-3 products.

The recommended intakes of EPA and DHA established by different governmental and scientific organizations vary widely; this is why GOED has developed its own recommendations, in order to simplify the message about an appropriate intake to the consumers.

Most Western European countries recommend 250 mg/day, but it is not clear if it is sufficient to protect a large percentage of the population. For this reason, and after years of deliberation, GOED has finally published its own recommended intakes:

  • 500 mg/day for the general healthy adult population, in order to lower the risk of coronary heart disease (primary prevention*). This match with the recommendation of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL).
  • From 700 to 1000 mg/day for pregnant and lactating women.
  • 1000 mg/day for secondary prevention* of coronary heart disease.
  • At least 1 g/day for health conditions such as high blood pressure, and high triglycerides.

Simple and clear. Isn’t it?

* Primary prevention aims to prevent disease or injury before it ever occurs. Secondary prevention aims to reduce the impact of a disease or injury that has already occurred.