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Fatty acids without the fish


If you're supposed to eat more fish to help your heart, but you're not a big fin fan, there's another way to get your fill: supplements.

More people are reeling in fish as part of a healthy diet, and there's a good reason. Studies say, fatty acids in fish are great for the body.

Eating fish twice a week is one way to get omega-3 fatty acids. Another option is a fish oil supplement, but you need to be education on those products and really know what you're looking for.

Faced with a shelf-full of options, start by looking for EPA and DHA, the key omega-3 fatty acids.

When it comes to "how much," there's currently no government recommendation, but there are general suggestions, around 500 mgs a day of a combination of EPA and DHA, getting about 200 milligrams of each.

One company recently tested these products and found all contained the amount of omega-3s they advertised. An unexpected plus: toxins like mercury, lead or PCBs that are often found in fish weren't in the supplements

And if cost is making you shy away from the catch of the day, the supplements can also be budget-savvy. You can certainly get a full month's supply of fish oil supplements for less than the cost of, say, one pound of fish."

If you've been turned off by fishy-tasting supplements in the past, try enteric-coated capsules, and then refrigerate before taking them.

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