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Fish Oil
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: Fish oil is the richest source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Both DHA and EPA have anti-inflammatory effects. DHA plays an important role in brain function and joint health. EPA regulates inflammation, the immune system, blood clotting, and ­ circulation.


  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Schizophrenia

Precautions: Digestive upset (especially reflux and burping) may occur if the fish oil product is not enteric coated. Fish oil has a mild blood-thinning effect, so consult with your doctor before supplementation if you are on a blood-thinning medication. Some people may have a rise in LDL cholesterol. This can be prevented with garlic supplementation.

Dosage: Take 3 to 5 grams total of EPA and DHA together for therapeutic purposes. Otherwise, take 1 to 2 grams total EPA and DHA together for preventative ­ purposes.

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