What is the proper dosage of a fish oil supplement?

The proper dosage of a fish oil supplement for you depends on why you're taking the supplement. Although research is exploring the possible use of fish oil in conditions ranging from some cancers to arthritis to depression and schizophrenia, the strongest evidence for potential benefit is in people with heart disease.

Read supplement labels carefully to see not only the amount of fish oil but the amount of two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The American Heart Association recommends consuming 1 gram of EPA plus DHA daily if you have coronary heart disease, and 2 to 4 grams of EPA plus DHA daily if you need to lower your blood triglyceride levels.

Do not take fish oil supplements without consulting your doctor first. They may cause excessive bleeding in some people. Fish oil can also interact with certain medications, raising the risk of side 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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