1. Please inform me about the benefits, forms, mercury and time for fish oil.

Bev, Springfield

Fish oil supplements can help keep your eyes healthy, reduce the risk of many cancers, improve depression and mental health, and reduce inflammation, all of which help people with arthritis, colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

When it comes to cardiovascular health and memory, it is better to eat real fish twice a week than to take the supplements. However, not everyone likes fish. So, when taking a fish oil supplement, pay attention to the amount of the helpful fats EPA and DHA that are in the supplement, not the total amount of fish oil.

You can have 2 supplements that say they have 1000 milligrams of fish oil, but one is high in EPA and DHA and one is very little. You can probably get the best bang for your buck when you buy one that is high in EPA and DHA.

In general, experts recommend 500 milligrams of EPA and DHA, but the recommended dose can go up to 4000 milligrams if you’re trying to lower the triglycerides in your blood. Discuss the dose that is right for you with your doctor or dietitian. Too much can be a problem and suppress your immunity.

Fish oil comes in many forms. All forms increase DHA and EPA equally as long as they are ingested with a high-fat meal – foods made from oil, nuts, or avocado.

Without a high-fat meal, take the “reesterified triglyceride” form for 76 percent better absorption than “ethyl ester” fish oil. Taking it with a meal can also reduce an unpleasant aftertaste.

In addition, all oils can go rancid. So reduce the chances of you keeping them in the refrigerator. Tests conducted by ConsumerLab.com have never found mercury in fish oil supplements. Tweets from @NancyDellRD


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