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Omega 3 Nursing Implications
Yes: It's probably a good idea. We don't know, exactly, what the "rda" of omega-3 fatty acids should be for nursing moms or babies or children, but we do know that these are important especially for eye and brain development. Good natural sources of omega-3s are oily fish (sardines, mackerel) and flax seed. ...Read more
Safe to take prenatal multi, b-12, biotin 5mg and omega 3, along with acv, while nursing. Workout daily & need all the energy & support I can get?
Doc wants me to take three 300mg of krill oil daily after my omega 3 test came back. I had been taking 1 krill plus a fish oil daily. Is this unusual?
EPA ; DHA: Fish oil and krill oil have 2 major components: epa and dha. Generally people need at least 1-2 grams of epa, and at least 500 mg dha daily. The preparations you were using may not have delivered this much of each component in the capsules you were taking, so you needed more. Please know that if you eat wild alaskan salmon, sardines, etc at least twice each week, you may not need supplements. ...Read more
Hello, I have Nutrilite heart health omega-3 supplement, but It says to take 3 softgels per day before meals. Can I take all three softgels at once?
You Like Fish Burps?: Better to split them up. Better absorbed with food. If you don't eat three meals a day then take two with one meal and one with another. But in this case food will help. Or, take the third with a healthy snack. Taking all three at once won't hurt but you want to get your money's worth, right? Also, if you eat some salmon that day, you can skip the supplement. The "real" thing is always better ...Read more
Ok in normal amounts: It is probably fine to take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements in normal, typical amounts while nursing. In reality, nobody knows for sure, because there are many different brands of this, with varying purities, different doses, plus varying concentrations. That means a woman is safest if she doesn't take supplements that she does not truly need (some supplements are needed, most are NOT needed). ...Read more
Read labels: Look at the details of the supplement. Many fish oil supplements actually have very little omega 3's in them, & it's often difficult to tell what else is in them. Epa dha are the omega 3's most studied/shown to be beneficial, but often r not the main part of the fish oil supplement. As unregulated products u can't know 100%, but at least make sure they list the good things as the main components. ...Read more
Multiple benefits: While ongoing trials are needed to define the scope of possible benefit, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. This benefit occurs due to decreased arrhythmias in the setting of increased omega-3 intake. Other benefits seen in various studies include decreased dementia, improved blood pressure, decreased inflammation. ...Read more
Omega 3 = snake oil:
Omega 3 fish oil is the same as snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile. Omega 3 fish/snake oils reduce triglycerides by impairing your liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish/snake oil actually raises your LDL cholesterol.
Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish oil" or "here comes the fish oil salesman". ...Read more
I wouldn't: It is never good to take or use expired medications or otc's. That is why there is an expiration date! Why take a chance? Don't do it! They are cheap, so don't you be cheap! Buy a new bottle. ...Read more
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
No real evidence: You'll hear conflicting claims even from informed physicians as to whether omega 3's offer a real cardiovascular benefit. My own reading of the last three big studies leads me to skepticism but others I respect here will disagree. They has use as anti-inflammatories. There's nothing whatever to suggest they actually slow the biological clock independent of vascular health. ...Read more
Not ideal: 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
In many ways.: There are may benefits to omega-3 fatty acids. From a cardiovascular standpoint the most impressive effects are probably the antiarrhythmic, antithrombotic, antoxidant effect, and cholesterol effects. ...Read more
Inadequate diet: Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’t make them -- you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, algae, some plants, and nut oils. ...Read more
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
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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