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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits from taking omega-3 fish oil tablets?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
None: Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile. Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Much debated: There are many claims regarding the beneficial effects of fish oils, but there are few randomized blinded clinical trials testing these observational claims. Fish oils lower triglycerides, and are indicated to do so, so as to prevent pancreatitis , however no studies support this recommendation. At low dose they may have cardiovascular benefits, but recent data is less compelling than older data.

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A 23-year-old female asked:

Omega 3 fish oil? What is it good for? Whats its benefits?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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EPA: We all need two essential fatty acids in our diet but they have to be processed in the body to produce important metabolites that play a part in inflammation. Fish oil provides epa (eicosapentoic acid) that "dodges" the processing mechanism, thus providing a "ready made" metabolite that acts as an anti-inflammatory. This is very complex chemistry and is the simplest explanation that i can offer.
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Can omega 3 fish oil work to protect your heart as soon as you begin taking it?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Fish oil: Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/fish_oil.
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A 59-year-old male asked:

Is taking 1g of fish oil omega-3 similar to taking 1g of chia seed's omega-3 as both are called omega-3 ?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Uncertain: I googled chia seed's fish oil and discovered that there are many formulations so i can't really answer your question. What you really want is about 900 mg of dha (a type of fish oil) so i advise you carefully read the label. The problem is that many herbal supplements really don't tell you what you're getting. You should also be aware that fish oil is not proven to be beneficial.
Last updated Aug 18, 2020

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