Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 EPA and DHA are good-for-you fats used by every cell in your body to support and manage vital functions such as a healthy inflammation response and proper heart, joint, eye, brain, digestive and immune function.‡ However, the body does not produce these essential fats on its own, so the only way to get them is through diet or supplementation. For this reason, many people benefit from taking a high-concentration, purity-guaranteed fish oil supplement daily.‡
Because extensive evidence shows that fish-derived Omega-3s support optimal digestion and overall health, many leading health organizations provide helpful recommendations. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 2 grams of Omega-3 oils per day, which is consistent with digestive care expert Brenda Watson’s H.O.P.E. Formula.
And, because scientific research confirms that Omega-3 supplementation promotes heart health by helping to maintain healthy cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels already within the normal range,* the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming about 500 mg per day of EPA and DHA for people who are healthy and want to maintain good heart health. For those with documented coronary heart disease, the AHA recommends 1 gram (1,000 mg) per day, and those with high triglycerides should aim for 2 to 4 grams (2,000 to 4,000 mg) per day.
Is there such a thing as too much Omega-3?
Due to its potential blood-thinning effects, it is recommended that you consult your physician when taking high doses of Omega-3 EPA/DHA—particularly doses greater than 3 grams (3,000 mg) per day.
Does it matter how much Omega-3 is in my capsule?
Yes. Be sure to look at the total amount of Omega-3 in each capsule—not the total amount of fish oil, as supplements vary greatly in the amounts of Omega-3.
What is the best time to take fish oil? And should I take fish oil with food?
Fish oil may be taken with or without food at any time of the day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
*Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Are you ready to get off the dieting roller coaster and learn the secret to permanent weight loss? Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to watch digestive care expert Brenda Watson discuss the connection between your weight and gut bacterial balance—the subject of her new book, The Skinny Gut Diet.
The human digestive tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria that play a vital role in maintaining optimal digestion and overall health. As it turns out, the balance of these bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight and crave certain foods. During tomorrow’s episode Brenda will discuss the two main groups of bacteria in your gut—what she calls the “Fat bacteria” and the “Be Skinny bacteria.” When your level of “Fat bacteria” increase and your “Be Skinny bacteria” go down, you are more likely to gain weight. Fortunately, you have the power to bring your gut bacteria back into balance.
Listen as Brenda lays out a simple plan to help you balance your gut for successful weight loss. You will find out how to feed the good “Be Skinny bacteria” in your gut and starve the bad “Fat bacteria,” all while actually eliminating calories from your daily diet. In addition, you’ll learn how to eat what Brenda calls living foods—those foods that will help you replenish your good bacteria.
If you are tired of restricting calories and following diets that leave you hungry and craving sweets and snacks, don’t miss Brenda on The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to discover a smarter, healthier way to achieving your ideal weight.