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Salmon Oil Vs Omega 3 Fish Oil
What is the difference between "omega-3 fish oil" and " Omega-3 salmon oil" supplements? Which one is the best?
The same: Both are making the same claim but different formulations will supply more of the actual active ingredient, so you must read the label carefully. Better yet, eat fish! Mackerel is the best. Salmon is also good. ...Read more
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
Pretty much: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
EPA: We all need two essential fatty acids in our diet but they have to be processed in the body to produce important metabolites that play a part in inflammation. Fish oil provides epa (eicosapentoic acid) that "dodges" the processing mechanism, thus providing a "ready made" metabolite that acts as an anti-inflammatory. This is very complex chemistry and is the simplest explanation that i can offer. ...Read more
Much debated: There are many claims regarding the beneficial effects of fish oils, but there are few randomized blinded clinical trials testing these observational claims. Fish oils lower triglycerides, and are indicated to do so, so as to prevent pancreatitis , however no studies support this recommendation. At low dose they may have cardiovascular benefits, but recent data is less compelling than older data. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several good but...: About 2 grams /day. One should choose a fish oil supplement wisely as some brands are much better than others- make sure it's purified ; is in the "true triglyceride" form. My favorites are nordic naturals and omegavail by designs for health. See http://bit.Ly/1bxibwc for an interesting article but also check out the lengthy discussion to see how your simple question can have a complex answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will rubbing omega 3 fish oil on your butt make it bigger? If not, is there any way you can make your butt bigger?
Fish oil: If you do that, you might slip off the toilet seat and bang your butt on the floor. If you form a large bruise on your butt it will make it bigger. Other than that, not much chance. ...Read more
Probably at your age: A new study out of france shows that it can improve the cognitive functioning of young people. However, in the elderly, especially elderly women, the results have been somewhat disappointing. That is not to say that people should not take them because the brain needs them for other functions as well. www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/10/29/new-study... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Won't hurt: There are many health benefits from Omega-3 fish oils. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are great for cardiovascular, neurologic and eye health. However, chalazions are generally considered bacterial in nature and usually require antibiotics in some form for resolution. Warm compresses may help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Fish oil: It is probably safe for most people but there's really no proven reason for doing it. It could do good or bad we have no proof one way or another. ...Read more
I'm 30. I've taken omega 3 fish oil, once a day, for one month.Today i had severe pain for 3h as usual, 1st day. What does it mean?Should i continue?
Many ones: Most supplements are now pretty carefully screened for toxins from bioconcentration and such. You need to look at the epa and dha components as well as how many capsules to take to get that amount. No particular type is superior, to the contrary of the opinion of every fish oil capsule seller. ...Read more
Take better care!: Don't waste your time, money, or health--liver "detoxing" is worthless, & liver supplements can't fix a diseased liver. If you indeed have liver disorder, see a specialist who can help design appropriate treatment for you. At this time, re-evaluate what you're taking that may hurt the liver (e.g. over-the-counter agents, herbals, too much alcohol--as you asked about before). ...Read more
Fatty acid needs: vary and testing is best. They can be slightly blood thinning. See your doc before supplementing. In general, at least i cap. in a.m. and 1 in p.m. is best. Make sure the EPA & DHA add up to 50% or more of the total mgs per cap or it will be too weak. Look for purified 2X on label also. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm looking for a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement. I've come across a brand by Nordic Naturals. Any suggestions?
If purified: Fish oil is not only safe but highly recommended during pregnancy as a source of dha, essential for the developing brain & eyes of the baby. However, 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 digestible. Reliable brands include nordic naturals, designs for health& minami. ...Read more
Low vit d levels, already taking 1500mg msm glucosamine, 1000mg omega-3 fish oil tablet a day, adding 1000ui vit D3 tablet more would be ok ? Effects?
Vitamin D level: Can be checked by your doc and that will determine how much you need. Many people take 5k ius daily but you would need to check w/doc. ...Read more
Is ieeds to take medicine for LDL cholosterol is 160 & guide us whether omega 3 fish oil gelly suppliments is realy useful to lower LDL & how muc?
You decide: The last several big studies on the efficacy of omega 3 fish oils for preventing vascular disease were all horribly disappointing -- and I wasn't surprised. Some physicians would throw a statin or something at this LDL, others would discuss all options with you & look at other facts about you -- do you have other risks? Would you be open to some serious physical fitness instead? No simple answers. ...Read more
I'm skeptical: The internet and the journals are full of contradictory claims about these molecules, but the last three big studies that I've seen all showed no benefit to the heart or its blood vessels. You're free to include them in your diet or not, but don't get the idea that this is any substitute for eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, and maintaining a high level of aerobic fitnes ...Read more
See below: No unfortunately not.Get a more detailed answer ›
See details: Probably not much unless you have a specific need to take one or the other. Taking them just for the sake of taking them is a waste. ...Read more
I am currently taking vitabiotic well woman vitamins. I would like to add omega 3 fish oil as well as biotin. Is this safe?
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