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Should I get omega-3 through a supplement?

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Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement first. They may have specific recommendations, or warnings, depending on your health and the other medicines you take. There are also Omega 3 prescriptions available. Epanova, Lovaza, Omtryg, and Vascepa contain DHA/DPA and are recommended for adults with triglycerides 500 mg/dl or above. Unlike fish oil supplements, these medications are approved and monitored for quality and safety by the FDA for specific use.

From: The Facts on Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Fish, Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 fatty acids."

Ronald Glick, MD, medical director, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, cardiologist; founder, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA; president, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine;  founder, Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla; author, . The Heart Speaks

Harvard School of Public Health.

David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, CA.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Monograph: "Fish oil."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 fatty acids."

Gail Underbakke, RD, MS, nutrition coordinator, preventative cardiology program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 3, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Heart Association: "Fish, Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 fatty acids."

Ronald Glick, MD, medical director, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, cardiologist; founder, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA; president, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine;  founder, Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla; author, . The Heart Speaks

Harvard School of Public Health.

David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, CA.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Monograph: "Fish oil."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 fatty acids."

Gail Underbakke, RD, MS, nutrition coordinator, preventative cardiology program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 3, 2019

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