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.

Key Recommendation

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.

 

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