Chicago nutritionists talk fish oil supplements

What should I look for when choosing a fish oil supplement? - Linda Starr

Carol Childers, a highly rated licensed dietitian nutritionist and owner of All Ways Healthy food center in Lake Zurich, suggests closely checking the label for the amount of eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, DPA. The two acids provide crucial omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve triglyceride levels and reduce inflammation.

"Most people don't get enough of these essential fatty acids in their diet, but fish oil allows them to be absorbed more easily," she says.

Because of mercury and other potential contaminants, Sherry Belcher, a highly rated certified nutrition consultant based in Chicago, recommends only purchasing fish oil that's been molecularly distilled. "Their labels say they use a third-party testing agency to ensure they're free of contaminants," she says. Belcher also suggests buying only supplements, which can cost between $22 and $28 for a two-month supply, in an opaque jar, which extends the capsule life.


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