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Can four fish oil pills a day keep the doctor away?

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S. because of the perceived cardiovascular benefits of the omega-3 it contains. However, scientific findings on its effectiveness have been conflicting. New research in Physiological Reports supports the claims for seniors, reporting that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements every day can improve the cardiovascular health of healthy seniors after 12 weeks of use.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The 3.2 grams of EPA and DHA provided in this study are on the borderline of being a placebo dose.  As you increase the EPA and DHA content, then the cardiovascular effects become significantly greater.  What is the right dose?  The amount that brings your AA/EPA ratio to between 1.5 and 3.  For most Americans, that will at least double the dose used in this study.

 

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