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.

Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil?

Monday, 22 August 2011 09:34 AM

Question: Is flaxseed oil as good as fish oil for all-around health benefits?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Fish oil from cold-water fish provides the most benefits when using supplemental omega-3 fatty acids. Cardiovascular studies using fish oil for improving cardiac risk and preventing recurrent cardiovascular events are very convincing. Not all fish oil is the same, so seek the advice of your doctor.

If you wish an FDA-approved source of prescription fish oil, ask your doctor if Lovaza is appropriate for you. This drug is covered under many prescription drug plans, costing you a fraction of its retail price, and will probably cost you significantly less out-of-pocket than trying to buy over-the-counter fish oil DHA/EPA supplements that are probably of less quality.

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