If you’ve decided to take fish oil, you can be fishing for the right advice on how to start. If you’re caught up in the confusion, I’ll let you off the hook.
Most of my patients take fish oil for improving heart health or cholesterol and other lipids, though it can help with many other conditions. While it’s easy to look at how many grams to take, the amount of EPA and DHA in each capsule is really the key.
When shopping, look for products that have passed independent quality tests to avoid unhealthy levels of mercury and other substances. I like ConsumerLab and USP. And finally, shop around. Prices can vary dramatically.
Although fish oil has numerous health benefits, how much to take depends on why you’re taking it. So before you start, talk to your doctor, so you reel in the right dosage.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- If You Are Going to take Fish Oil — here’s how to take the right amount
- ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality Problems with Nearly 30% of Fish Oil Supplements Reviewed; “Fishy” Claims Identified
- Contamination and other problems found in fish oil supplements
- Fish oil and multivitamins most popular supplements in survey
- Is Krill Oil Better Than Fish Oil?
- Fish oil supplements boost memory in healthy young adults
- Fish oil may help lower risk of certain types of breast cancer
- Should some kids take fish oil supplements?
- Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements?
- Fish oil supplements during pregnancy may help offspring fight off colds successfully
- Fish oil supplements do not boost babies’ cognitive development or prevent postpartum depression
- Fish oil may not prevent CV problems in people with preexisting heart disease
- Fish oil may not benefit patients with multiple sclerosis
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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