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Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil
Purified, Esterified: Fish has traces of heavy metals like mercury & pcb's, dioixins etc. Choose a fish oil purified via pharmaceutical-grade molecular distillation & esterified to make more digestible, ideally assayed by 3rd parties. I can't say one single brand is best; reliable brands include nordic naturals, designs for health & minami. Some feel krill & calamari oil are better than fish oil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ...Read more
Hype: 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". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fish Oil: Lower quality fish oils are likely to be labelled on the front of the bottle with how many mgs of fish oil. A higher quality fish oil usually is labelled with milligrams of EPA and DHA, which are the active ingredients in fish oil. In functional medicine, we usually suggest a typical adult consume around 3,500 mg of a combination of DHA and EPA per day. You can take much more in some cases. ...Read more
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