Omega 3 fatty acid
- There are some evidences that omega-3 fatty acids may have benefits for cancer survivors such as reducing weight loss and improving quality of life.
- Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with lower risk for heart diseases.
By finding a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet, both substances can work together to promote health.
- An improper balance and excess in omega-6 fatty acids promotes inflammation and can contribute to the development of diseases, such as coronary heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
- Research suggests that omega 3 fatty acid may be better absorbed from food especially from fish than supplements.
- FDA classifies intake of up to 3 grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids from fish as GRAS (generally regarded as safe)
- The World health Organization and governmental health agencies of several countries recommend consuming 0.3-0.5 grams of daily EPA and DHA and 0.8-1.1 grams of daily ALA.
Aim for a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 by:
- Increase intake of foods rich in omega-3.
- Limit processed foods and fried foods.
- Use olive, almond or canola oil for cooking .
Tips for buying Omega 3 supplement:
- Choose molecular distilled for purity (PCB and mercury filtered)
- Formulated for better absorption
- Container must be dark colored to limit light exposure
Drug Interactions- Warfarin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine, heparin, enoxaparin
- Very rarely there have been case reports of INR elevation and hematoma in patients taking fish oil preparation with antithrombotics.
- Ask your doctor for advice before taking the supplement.
Other food and nutrition topics:
- Cooking oil
- Dietary fat
- Dietary fiber
- Omega 3 fatty acid
- Organic healthy food
- Preserved food
- Red meat
- Soy products
- Vegetarian diet guideline
- Vitamin D
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