Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Much Omega-3 Should We Take?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 09:59 AM

Question: How much Omega-3 should we take?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

New guidelines issued by the American Heart Association recommend daily omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. It is now recommended we consume 1,200 milligrams of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) daily for cardio protection, and even higher quantities for those with existing cardiac disease (2 to 4 grams daily).

Marine (i.e., fish) sources are the best. Plant sources of omega-3 oils (soybean, rapeseed, flaxseed, and nuts) require metabolic conversion from ALA (alphalinoleic acid) and may actually not offer the same benefits.

Try to consume at least two servings of fish weekly, and add supplements for any dietary deficiencies you may have.

Remember that a healthy diet is the best source of nutrients. Nutrients are more balanced in natural, healthy food, as well as cheaper than in supplements. Avoid reliance on supplementation at the expense of your diet.

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