How can I take fish oil?

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Fish oil supplements come in the form of a capsule to be taken orally. Do not break open the capsule if you cannot swallow it whole. Fish oil works best if it is taken with food. Follow the instructions on the label carefully. Do not take more fish oil than your doctor says you should take. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults eat fish at least twice a week to get the full benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. Talk to your doctor to learn which dosage of fish oil can benefit you the most. You may have to schedule follow-up appointments with your doctor to run blood tests that check levels of triglyceride or cholesterol. Do not miss any follow-up appointments, as your doctor can make sure fish oil is not causing any adverse effects.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.
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