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Who should use fatty acid supplements like Omega-3?

Everyone needs fatty acids. They provide energy for muscles and organs and are used to store energy for the body. Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which the body needs for metabolic functioning. Since the body does not produce this type of fatty acid, we must get it from our foods or from supplements. People with coronary artery disease may not get enough fatty acid -- particularly Omega-3 -- from diet alone. In addition, people with high glycerides may need higher doses of fatty acids. Your doctor can help you determine if fatty acid supplements are right for you.

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