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How much omega-3 fatty acids should you take?

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There are no standard doses for omega-3 fatty acids. Some experts recommend that people with heart disease take an omega-3 supplement. Those who are taking it for high cholesterol will likely need a higher dose. If you need to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements, ask your doctor what dosage you should use. Children shouldn't take omega-3 fatty acid supplements unless a doctor suggests it.

From: Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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