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Omega-3s in Fish Oil

Published: February 11, 2009

Dear Dr. SerVaas, I started taking fish oil omega-3 a year ago. I seem to feel much better (more zip), and for the first time in my life I have fingernails. I’ve been made fun of and told to not believe everything I read.

My question to you: Is fish oil with omega-3 good for me or not? I truly enjoy The Saturday Evening Post, especially the medical part and the jokes. I believe omega-3 is good for me—and so is the laughter.

Laughter adds to our overall well-being, and we’re pleased you enjoy the Post’s cartoons and jokes.

Experts say that omega-3 supplements are good for almost everyone. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA). The human body needs it for life but must get it from foods or supplements. Omega-3 and other EFAs serve multiple functions. People have different nutritional needs and dietary habits. In general, taking one gram of omega-3 (either EPA or DHA or combined) is a good maintenance dose for healthy adults.

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