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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the best kind of omega 3 suppliment is best? fish oil? flax? does it matter which fish it's from? what should you look for?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Flax: 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" flax ok.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Fish oil: My favorite is flaxseed oil.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Fish oil: One should choose a fish oil supplement wisely as some brands are much better than others- make sure it's been purified to remove toxins ; is in the "true triglyceride" form. My favorites are nordic naturals and omegavail by designs for health. See http://bit.Ly/1bxibwc for an interesting article but also check out the lengthy discussion to see how your simple question can have a complex answer!
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Last updated Feb 6, 2014

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