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omega 3 fish oil? what is it good for? whats its benefits?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
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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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I get the omega-3 fats from fish without the risk of higher mercury levels?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Eat fish: There have never been any documented cases of mercury poisoning from fish consumption. The healthiest people in the world eat fish. I think the only people who benefit from discusing mercury in fish is the beef council. You can go to the epa website where they list fish that are low in mercury.
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Actually there are numerous documented cases of mercury poisoning due to fish. See http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/gelfond/physicians/cases.html and http://www.mercurypoisoningnews.com/elevated.html. However, many fish have minimal levels of mercury, such as wild salmon. One can also take fish oil capsules that have undergone molecular distillation to remove all mercury.
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Fish oil chelates mercury? Be serious.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Do omega-3 fatty acids affect your cholesterol?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes, many: They tend to have little effect or a slight increase on the bad cholesterol (ldl), they increase your good cholesterol (HDL) by about 9% and their main effect is to lower your triglycerides which they do around 45%.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Where are the most common places to find omega 3 fats?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Omega 3: The best place to get your nutrients is from regular food, not supplements (there are exceptions for individual people). Omega 3 fats are found in general in ocean fish, walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil and spinach.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take fish oil and ativan (lorazepam) together?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
No: I did not find interactions in one program for that purpose.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can labor be induced with fish oil?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Not likely.: Fish oil is not one of those things doctors regularly recommend to induce labor. It likely has no down sides, but probably isn't effective. Sexual intercourse, however, can be a natural way to induce labor.

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