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September 1998 Issue

Fish Oil Supplements Come with Built-In Free-Radical Control

Q. I take fish oil supplements but heard they can trigger the production of free radicals. Should I also take an antioxidant supplement like vitamin E to counter any harmful effects? A. That's not necessary, says Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., a fish oil expert at the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, D.C. Fish oil supplements are already fortified with vitamin E and other synthetic antioxidants to prevent them from turning rancid

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