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Fish Oil (Overview)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water fish is the highest.


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What is fish oil?

What is fish oil?

Fish oil: Fish oil is the oil found in many cold water fish, such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden. It's rich in omega-3 fats -- essential to our diets because our bodies cannot make them. You can also get this in supplement form -- at least 1-2 grams of epa and 500mg dha per day if you have depression. ...Read more

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Fish Oil (Overview)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water fish is the highest.


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Is fish oil harmful?

Is fish oil harmful?

No/Yes: Most anything can be harmful if taken improperly. Think about it, drinking too much water can make you very ill or you can die. Fish oil, like anything else should be taken according to manufacturer's directions or according to your health care provider. Fish oils have many beneficial effects if used properly and if a reputable product is purchased. Some fish oils are alleged to be contaminate. ...Read more

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Dr. Soren Singel Dr. Singel
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Fish oil (Tip)

Fish oil is extracted from fish scraps. Real fish is better. ...See more

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Is fish oil good for you?

Yes,: But those that contain EPA omega-3 lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, those that contain both DHA and EPA will lower triglycerides but raise LDL cholesterol. If you don't want dietary supplement fish oil there's prescription EPA Vascepa or EPA/DHA Lovaza. Epanova is another just approved by FDA. ...Read more

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How long to use fish oil?

How long to use fish oil?

It depends: On why you are taking/using fish oil. If you have very high triglycerides (>1000), then you may need to take this for the rest of your life or at least until you can undertake interventions that will keep the levels tolerable without fish oil. If you are taking it as a well-being supplement, then it is up to you. ...Read more

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Fish oil (Tip)

Fish oil is fish oil. Suppliments = min cals, fish = many cals. ...See more

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Do you recommend fish oil?

Do you recommend fish oil?

Fish Oil: Definitely. Fish oil and Omega 3s help with inflammation and can lower cholesterol. At least 1 gram a day if not 2 grams. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Fish oil (Tip)

You can buy fish oil capsules to take if fresh fish are not available in your area. ...See more

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What does fish oil do for u?

What does fish oil do for u?

Omegas: Fish oils are the most important source of vitamin a and the omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids which are critical to good health. ...Read more

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What does fish oil pills do?

What does fish oil pills do?

Fish Oil: Fish oil supplies essential omega-3 fats that our bodies cannot make on their own. Among their many effects, they can lower triglycerides, prevent heart disease, help reduce high blood pressure, and reduce inflammation in the body. Fish oil helps ward off depression too. In general, most people need at least 1-2 grams of epa and 500mg dha per day in a fish oil preparation. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Many people don't like fish oil because of the taste, but the odorless capsules work great too! ...See more

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Is it good to take fish oil?

Marine Fish Oil: Has a large amount of scientific studies to support its usefulness. It is often taken to lower triglycerides and for eyes, brain, joint, and mood. Make sure you get a good brand w/about 50% of the total mgs in epa ; dha. If you are on a blood thinner check w/doc first. ...Read more

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Is fish oil pills go for you?

Is fish oil pills go for you?

Omega fish oils: For many conditions it can be helpful. Some are advocating it for adhd. Also, can assist in mood stabilization for affective disorders - typically not enough alone. Some suggest it may assist in cholesterol management but the story appears to not be in. Any medication or supplement can cause side effects including dizziness, tiredness, nausea (take with food or switch to krill oil), memory? ...Read more

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Fish oil (Tip)

Do take fish oil daily, but be sure to tell your doctor if you start fish oil. ...See more

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Can fish oil improve my vision?

Can fish oil improve my vision?

Don't Know: Omega 3 fatty acids are suspected to improve patients with macular degeneration. This has yet to be proven, but a study is underway to determine this exact question.

Look for data from the "areds 2" study due to come out in the 1-2 years.

The short answer is that nothing has been proven. ...Read more

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Can a child take fish oil pills?

Can a child take fish oil pills?

Discuss With Doctor: Fish oil supplies Omega-3 fatty acids. In children it is used to lower cholesterol components, a fat source for intravenous nutrition, & more. Your child's age & medical history are unknown. The best way to give a healthy child the benefits of fish oil is to include fish in your child's diet. Fish oil supplements can vary in quality & omega-3 content is unreliable. See child's doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Fish oil (Tip)

Nature's gift for health! Blessings from the sea: fish oil benefits. Two grams per day. ...See more

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What exactly is fish oil good for?

High cholesterol: Fish oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids. These are good for lowering your LDL cholesterol and your triglycerides and improving your cardiac health. Red krill oil has the same benefits without the fishy taste or fishy burps. ...Read more

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