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March 2003 Issue

Making Heads or Tails of Fish Oil Supplements: What to Look For

Q. My blood triglyceride level is high and I know that fish oil supplements can help lower triglycerides. How do I know how much or what to take? A. Good question. Last year the American Heart Association (AHA) acknowledged that the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found naturally in fish can reduce high triglycerides and provide other benefits like reducing blood clotting and regulating heart rhythms (see EN, January 2003, and Just In, this issue).

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