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Doctor insights on: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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What are omega-3 fatty acids?

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Essential to life: Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because they're necessary for our health, but our bodies can't make them. We have to eat them: fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut; other seafood including algae and krill; some plants; and nut oils. They're crucial in brain development, and are anti-inflammatory. Helpful in heart disease, depression, bipolar disorder, ra, and others. ...Read more

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Are omega-3 fatty acids good for me?

Are omega-3 fatty acids good for me?

See details: A very good question and one that is not easily answered. The one major point is that supplemental omega 3s have no significant value in reducing risk of heart disease or cancers and may increase the risk of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Omega-3 fatty acids affect personality?

Omega-3 fatty acids affect personality?

No: This nutritional supplement will not alter your innate personality. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on omega 3 fatty acids?

Can you overdose on omega 3 fatty acids?

Yes: They contain vitamin a, d, and e and large amounts can result in toxicity from these vitamins. Also, as they are anti-coagulants, high doses can cause bleeding and even hemorrhage. Too much of anything usually becomes a bad thing. ...Read more

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How long can i take omega 3 fatty acids ?

How long can i take omega 3 fatty acids ?

No limit: there is no problem in taking them daily for a long period of time. all your life if you wish ...Read more

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What is the function of omega-3 fatty acids?

Theory: In theory, they raise the good (HDL) cholesterol but that theory is being questioned because the data that support its benefit is weak. ...Read more

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How much omega 3 fatty acids do people need?

How much omega 3 fatty acids do people need?

Generally 1g per day: For the general patient population 1 gram per day of an omega 3 fatty acid fish oil supplement would be sufficient to reduce cardiovascular risks. The supplement should contain EPA and DHA. For patients with high triglyceride levels of over 500 mg/dL, we would recommend prescription Lovaza, 4 grams per day. ...Read more

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How do omega 3 fatty acids work to help weight?

How do omega 3 fatty acids work to help weight?

Several ways: While this is a topic we do not understand completely... Omega-3 fatty acids seem to regulate digestion and enhance metabolism via the regualtion of insulin. An interesting study from australia showed that individuals who consumed omega-3s and exercised lost more weight than those performing exercise alone. ...Read more

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What are some foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids?

What are some foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids?

Many: Fish is one of the most well known: such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and halibut; other seafood including algae and krill; some plants like brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens ; flax seeds; and walnuts. Some people's systems are not efficient at converting alpha-linolenic acid (ala) from plant-based omega-3's to epa and dha that are needed; for these, fish or krill oil may be better. ...Read more

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Why do we need fatty acids (as in omega-3 fatty acids)?

Why do we need fatty acids (as in omega-3 fatty acids)?

We don't: They're reported to improve a whole host of physiologic parameters, in particular, raising the HDL (good) cholesterol. But recent studies of outcome are disappointing. Any effect they have is small at best. There's no current recommendation to supplement your diet with them. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best source of omega 3 fatty acids?

I want to know what's the best source of omega 3 fatty acids?

Fish: Fish such as salmon or krill have highest content fish oil particular in their skin. However there are over-the-counter supplements as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: omega-3 fatty acids?

What is the definition or description of: omega-3 fatty acids?

Biochemistry: Omega-3 fatty acids are labelled as such because of the chemical makeup. It's a carbon based structure with double bonds (therefore it's an unsaturated fatty acid). The '3' comes from the fact that the first double bond is located after the 3rd carbon from the 'omega' end (which is the end without the acid -cooh). So bottom line is it gets its name from its biochemical makeup. ...Read more

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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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Could you tell me what are some benefits of omega 3 fatty acids?

See below: It helps my patients with sjogren's who have dry eyes for one thing. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how good are omega-3 fatty acids for my health?

I'm curious as to how good are omega-3 fatty acids for my health?

Not very good: There is little evidence that omega 3s have significant health benefit. Several recent studies found no benefit in reducing heart disease or cancers. One study suggested an increased risk of prostate cancer in users. ...Read more

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What exactly is the leafy green that is high in omega 3 fatty acids?

Omega 3 fats: The most common sources of omega 3 fats aren't greens, but are fish oils. However, you might be thinking of purslane, a salad green which has 400mg of omega-3's in each serving along with vit a, calcium, potassium, & iron. Kale is a good source too. Brussels sprouts are also high in ala -- which can be converted into epa and dha if your metabolic systems are working well. ...Read more