Magazine article Work & Family Life

Are Fish-Oil Pills the Same as Eating Fish?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Are Fish-Oil Pills the Same as Eating Fish?

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THE 0MEGA-3 fatty acids in fish-especially the cold-water varieties of salmon-are good for your heart, brain, eyes and even your joints. Federal dietary guidelines and the American Heart Association both recommend eating fish twice a week to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But some people iust don't like the taste of fish. Will a fish-oil pill produce the same results? Yes and no, say the researchers.

TO EXPLAIN: a recent study reported in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" has found that fishoil capsules are as effective as eating fish for enriching the blood and other body tissues with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But, according to the research report, that doesn't mean fish-oil pills and fish are equally beneficial.

The big unknown has to do with "bioavailability," or the degree to which a substance taken in pill form is absorbed and used by the body, according to researchers William S. …

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