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Where Do We Stand On Fish Oil?

Fish oil has been used for generations to treat a number of human afflictions, from rickets to inflammatory diseases to heart disease. And now, its use in repairing brain function appears to be another plus on the list of good things fish oil does, according to CNN Health. The article today features a young boy whose traumatic brain injury was completely healed with high doses of fish oil.

Many Americans’ diets are lacking in healthy fats, and this includes the animal-based omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). But before you run out and start supplementing with fish oil it’s important to know how much omega-3 is right for you.

Many people equate omega-3 fats with fish oil, but you should know there are other options (including getting it through your diet by eating fish, such as Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies). If you’re looking for a supplement form of animal-based omega-3s, however, consider krill oil over fish oil.

There is no set recommended standard dose of omega-3 fats, but some health organizations recommend a daily dose of 250 to 500 milligrams (mg) of EPA and DHA for healthy adults, while the American Heart Association recommends people with coronary heart disease consume 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA daily, and those with high triglycerides needing 2,000 to 3,000 mg per day.

It’s also important to realize that omega-3 from marine animal and plant sources are NOT interchangeable. Plant-based ALA is a source of energy, while DHA and EPA are important structural elements of your cells.
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