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How much omega-3 fish oil do you need?

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The American Heart Association recommends that everyone eats fish (particularly fatty, cold-water fish) at least twice a week. Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, lake trout, and tuna are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. While foods are your best bet for getting omega-3s in your diet, fish oil supplements are also available for those who do not like fish. The heart-healthy benefits of regular doses of fish oil supplements are unclear, so talk to your doctor to see if they're right for you. If you have heart disease or high triglyceride levels, you may need even more omega-3 fatty acids. Ask your doctor if you should take higher doses of fish oil supplements to get the omega-3s you need.

SOURCES:

National Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Fish Oil."

American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega 3 Fatty Acids."

Geleijnse J.M. 2002; vol 20: p 1493. J Hypertens,

Oh R. , 2005; vol 18: pp 28-36. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Fish Oil."

American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega 3 Fatty Acids."

Geleijnse J.M. 2002; vol 20: p 1493. J Hypertens,

Oh R. , 2005; vol 18: pp 28-36. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 2, 2019

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