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What are the health benefits of omega-3 fish oil?
How much omega-3 fish oil should I take?
Should I be concerned about mercury in fish?

May 13th, 2008 08:08
i can do it, Tim Wiffen,

Fish oil has been shown to have numerous health benefits. Most prominent
amongst it's properties are the ability to reduce the risk of heart
disease, increase the flexibility of joints, help maintain a healthy
brain and healthy skin and help children with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder to concentrate. But it has also been suggested
that it can help with dyslexia, dyspraxia, cancer, chronic fatigue
syndrome (ME), depression, period pain (dysmenorrhoea), rheumatoid
arthritis and the development of unborn children.
It would generally be preferable if you could get your fish oil from
fish, but current international recommendations are to not eat fish more
than twice a week. This is because of the high quantity of contaminants
found in modern fish. Two portions of fish a week is inadequate to
provide the quantity of fish oil your body needs to receive the health
benefits above. So many doctors recommend taking a fish oil supplement.
The International Fish Oil Standards organization
(http://www.ifosprogram.com) provide an independent testing service and
rate fish oil supplements for their level of purity. You can find a list
of approved brands at http://www.metabolismadvice.com/omega_3_fish_oil/.
It you want to be certain of avoiding the risk of mercury damage it is
recommend you take one of the IFOS approved brands.
Dr Barry Sears in his book "The Anti-Inflammatory Zone" suggests that
adults take 2.5 grams of omega-3 fish oil each day. But for people with
serious health problems the recommendation is higher. 5 grams for those
suffering from obesity, heart disease or type 2 diabetes, 7.5 grams for
those in any kind of chronic pain and 10 grams for people suffering from
neurological conditions. If you do plan to take more than 2.5 grams a
day you should consult a medical doctor first, as there is a small risk
of blood thinning complications.
Children should take 500 mg a day.