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What should you keep in mind when buying food with omega-3 fatty acids?

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As with most nutrients, whole foods are better than enriched, fortified, or processed foods. Omega fatty acids can oxidize if overly processed or allowed to become stale, so fresh is best.

Getting more than 3 grams a day of omega-3s may make bleeding more likely. You're not likely to get that much from a typical diet. Talk with your doctor before taking high doses of omega-3 supplements.

From: Your Omega-3 Family Shopping List WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Pereira, C.   , July 2001. University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)." Peck, P. , Nov. 11, 2004. Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute: "Essential Fatty Acids." WebMD Medical Reference: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids."




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SOURCES: Pereira, C.   , July 2001. University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)." Peck, P. , Nov. 11, 2004. Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute: "Essential Fatty Acids." WebMD Medical Reference: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids."




International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition ResearchMedscape Medical News

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 10, 2019

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