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Is it better to take fish oils that contain both EPA and DHA to lower triglycerides or just one (EPA or DHA)?

Is it better to take fish oils that contain both EPA and DHA to lower triglycerides or just one (EPA or DHA)?

FISH OIL RATIO: Studies have shown that to have the greatest effect on the lowering of triglycerides there needs to be both types of fish oils present in the supplement. The DHA:EPA ratio may range anywhere from 2:1 all the way to 1:2. As you can see the range is quite wide which really means that there is still much to learn. We know both oils are optimal, we're just not sure of the best ratio. ...Read more

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Is Omega-3 with 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA good for pregnancy? Would that much EPA tip over the balance of EPA/DHA that's needed? Is algae DHA superior?

Is Omega-3 with 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA good for pregnancy? Would that much EPA tip over the balance of EPA/DHA that's needed? Is algae DHA superior?

Chemically the same: Omega-3 acids from any source are chemically the same. It doesn't matter whether they came from hand raised salmon, arctic krill or algae. The exact proportions of EPA/DHA are not established either. Omega-3 acids are good regardless of pregnancy. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Better to drink flaxseed oil or fish oil for omega3? Is the omega3 that comes from fish the same quality as from vegetables? Which is digested better?

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Better to drink flaxseed oil or fish oil for omega3? Is the omega3 that comes from fish the same quality as from vegetables? Which is digested better?

Eat fish for Omega 3: Our bodies don't convert omega 3's from flaxseed into the epa & dha readily available in fish (oil). There are some attempts to make epa & dha from seaweed & algae but otherwise, read label for epa & dha content. You won't see much from flaxseed products nor will you get much conversion either. Check out more at http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/search/label/fish%20%28oil%29. ...Read more

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Why is ALA considered inferior to DHA and EPA omega 3's? Do the latter have better health benefits?

EPA & DHA important: EPA and DHA are considered more important due to many proven benefits. ALA may help protect against cardiovascular disease but its main importance is as a precursor to EPA and DHA. Many people have difficulty converting ALA to EPA/DHA so ingesting EPA/DHA appear to have more benefits. See http://chriskresser.com/why-fish-stomps-flax-as-a-source-of-omega-3 ...Read more

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Flax seed had about 4 X as much omega 3 vs 6. However, the omega 3 is ALA and not DHA. So after ALA is converted is the omega 3 actually less than 6?

Flax seed had about 4 X as much omega 3 vs 6.  However, the omega 3 is ALA and not DHA.  So after ALA is converted is the omega 3 actually less than 6?

No: I don't fully understand your question. Only 8-30% of ALA is converted to EPA or DHA (women convert more than men) -but ALA, EPA and DHA are all omega 3's so the conversion does not affect the amount of omega 3's or the ratio of omega 3 to 6. See http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/othernuts/omega3fa/ ...Read more

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What is the meanings of epa and DHA in fish oil supplement?And will fish oil be good for memory and concentration too?

What is the meanings of epa and DHA in fish oil supplement?And will fish oil be good for memory and concentration too?

Omega 3s: Both epa and dha are long chained fatty acids mainly found in fish. They provide much needed omega 3 which is said to improve heart health along with many other health benefits. Omega three is believed to reduce inflammation in body and brain and is good for memory and thought to prevent dementia. Along with fish, omega 3 can be found in free-range eggs. Look for % of omega three on carton. ...Read more

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Which is better for depression: fish oil or cod liver oil?

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Which is better for depression: fish oil or cod liver oil?

Fish oil fordepressi: For boosting immune system, as antioxidants, both are ok, but for treating major depression, doubt either would be that beneficial by themselves. ...Read more

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How effective is krill oil for getting your omega-3 fatty acids?

How effective is krill oil for getting your omega-3 fatty acids?

It is but: There is omega 3 in krill oil and it is in many other forms Such as TherOmega which you can get on the internet. But caution there are side effects of omega 3 - some get extra heart beats ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 300mg x 3 cod liver oil tablets a day as a source of dha, epa and omega3? Any side effects? Benefits significant?

Is it ok to take 300mg x 3 cod liver oil tablets a day as a source of dha, epa and omega3? Any side effects? Benefits significant?

Unknown: Cod liver oil and other fish oil supplements are fairly good sources of o3fa of which dha and epa are two types. The exact dietary requirements are unknown. Se's are uncommon but some preps may contain contaminants. There are a lot of purported benefits to o3fa and dha in particular but they are still unsubstantiated . My advice would be to eat more fish on a regular basis and skip the supplements. ...Read more

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Now krill oil is being touted as the better Omega-3 that is more pollution-free, besides having the antioxidant astaxanthin. Are all brands equal?

Now krill oil is being touted as the better Omega-3 that is more pollution-free, besides having the antioxidant astaxanthin. Are all brands equal?

Definitly not equal: studies on supplements demonstrate what happens when you have an industry taht is totally unregulated: you have no idea what you are getting and no idea of the storage requirements nor expiration date. The best we have is USP certified and that still lacks some imporatne telements like expiration date. ...Read more

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Is it OK to take Omega3 supplement as fish or krill oil while having Cholesterol 281 Triglyceride 245? does it help to decrease these?

Is it OK to take Omega3 supplement as fish or krill oil while having Cholesterol 281 Triglyceride 245? does it help to decrease these?

Marine Fish Oil: lowers triglycerides. You need to use fish oil in which each capsule contains 50% or more of the combination of EPA & DHA and is purified. Check the label. One also heeds to take enough. One capsule won't do it. Please see a nutritionist or a nutrition-oriented doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Should I take fish oil supplements or omega 3-6-9 ones? Which one is better?

Should I take fish oil supplements or omega 3-6-9 ones? Which one is better?

Eat wild salmon: It is far healthier to consume omega-3s from a natural source such as wild salmon than from fish oil or synthetic forms. The question is why are you taking this supplement in the first place? To reduce cholesterol? Anti-inflammatory? Anti-coagulant? Brain health? Whatever the reason, wild pacific salmon is still preferable. Don't buy into the hype that the pills are nearly as beneficial. ...Read more

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How effective is Calamarine as an omega-3 fatty acids suplement?

How effective is Calamarine as an omega-3 fatty acids suplement?

Calamarine: I am unable to find any scientic evidence demonstrating the effects of this product. ...Read more

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If a pregnant takes fish oil supplements for the DHA content, is that good or bad for her baby?

If a pregnant takes fish oil supplements for the DHA content, is that good or bad for her baby?

Discuss with OB: Yes many ob's recommend fish oil supplements for fetal benefits. They can also be used to lower triglycerides during pregnancy. Fish oil supplements may increase the bleeding time, such that they should probably be stopped prior to a planned delivery or c-section to avoid any bleeding complications surrounding delivery. ...Read more

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Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are recommended for dry eyes, but nobody ever specifies if it is EPA or DHA that is important. Please elaborate. ?

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are recommended for dry eyes, but nobody ever specifies if it is EPA or DHA that is important. Please elaborate. 
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Not definitive: It appears that both EPA and DHA should be included; data which is not conclusive suggests that they are both beneficial. Additionally, gamma-linoleic acid or GLA/Omega-6 may be helpful. Some data suggests combining these fatty acids may optimize their ability to favorably influence inflammation. Best wishes. ...Read more