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Should I take fish oil supplements for a healthy heart?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people with heart disease consider taking a fish oil supplement if they are unable to consume 1 gram of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily by eating seafood. For people with high triglycerides, the AHA suggests fish oil capsules containing 2 to 4 grams of EPA and DHA per day. Remember to talk with your doctor ahead of time about whether you should take supplements. This is especially important if you are taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), since taking omega-3 supplements may lead to bleeding problems. Consider, however, that you may need to eat fish rather than just fish oil to enjoy its heart-healthy benefits.

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