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Fish oil and when to take it: Dietitian's advice

Fish oil and when to take it: Dietitian's advice Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Many people decide on their own that they need to take dietary supplements, including fish oil. However, it is very important to consult a doctor first, according to nutritionist Natalia Samoilenko.

What you need to know about fish oil

If you do not consume enough food sources that provide the most potent EPA and DHA, such as seafood, fatty fish, herring, you should consider incorporating OMEGA 3 into your diet.

Supplement intake is recommended for the following conditions:

  • Elevated triglyceride levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy/lactation
  • Depression
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

The nutritionist said that if you are currently taking blood-thinning medications, Omega 3 can increase the risk of bleeding. It is also prohibited to combine with medications for high blood pressure (hypertension).

Most fish oil supplements contain both DHA and EPA, and their concentration is higher than in pure fish oil. Therefore, you can take a smaller but higher quality amount.

For this, the triglyceride form is converted into ethyl esters. Some manufacturers convert ethyl ester back into the triglyceride form after adjusting the ratio.

Best supplement form

There are no studies yet that show a clear advantage of one form over another.

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