If you're supposed to eat more fish to help your heart, but you're not a big fin fan, there's another wy to get your fill...by taking fish oil supplements. Vince Sherry has the scoop on Omega 3's and the bst ways to net them.
More people are reeling in fish as part of a healthy diet, and there's a good reason. Studies say, fatty acids in fish are great for the body.
Dr. Tod Cooperman, M.D. says "Everyone can really benefit, it appears, from fish oil, as it will reduce, you know, the risk of heart disease and many other things."
Eating fish twice a week is one way to get Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Another option is a fish oil supplemtn, but Dr. Cooperman says you need to do your homework.
"You really need to be educated before you go in to buy these products. You need to know what you're looking for." says Cooperman.
Faced with a shelf-full of options, start by looking for EPA and DHA, the key Omega 3 fatty acids.
"Those are the two critical omega-3 fatty acids that you want from these products."
When it comes to 'how much,' there's currently no government recommendation, but there are general suggestions.
"Around 500 (mgs) a day of a combination of EPA and DHA, getting about 200 milligrams of each."
Dr. Cooperman's company recently tested these products and found all contained the amount of Omega 3's they advertised. An unexpected 'plus': toxins that are often found in fish weren't in the supplements.
"In our tests of over fifty different fish oil products, none were contaminated with PCB's, mercury or lead."
And if cost is making you shy away from the 'catch of the day,' the supplements can be budget-savvy.
"You can certainly get a full month's supply of fish oil supplements for less than the cost of, say, one pound of fish."
Netting benefits that could help your heart. This is Vince Sherry reporting.
If fishy-tasting burps have turned you off of fish oil supplements before, Dr. Cooperman has these tips: buy enteric-coated capsules, and then refrigerate before taking them.
FAST FACTS: Omega-3 fatty acids can't be made by the body and must be obtained through food sources. The American Heart Association currently recommends that healthy American adults eat fish at least twice a week. Americans spent $489 million on fish oil supplements in 2006. ConsumerLab.com recently analyzed 50 different supplements, foods and beverages with omega-3 fatty acids for safety and concentration. For more details, refer to our comprehensive research summary.