Fish is a rich, natural source of “good fats.” Specifically, two types of Omega-3 fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) serve a beneficial role in heart health, cellular function and the body’s normal immune and inflammatory responses.†
EPA and DHA fatty acids are acutely involved in maintaining cellular health. They’re primarily responsible for effective cell function, normal growth and proper development.† Scientifically-supportive yet inconclusive research shows that the consumption of EPA and DHA may also reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, they can benefit eye function and help maintain healthy triglyceride levels already in the normal range.† Triglycerides are stored fats in the body.
It’s important to be aware of our Omega-3 EPA/DHA intake because many of us don’t consume enough of these heart-healthy nutrients by eating fish regularly. Due to the importance nutrition experts place on the consumption of EPA and DHA, they have proposed specific intake guidelines.
Current American Heart Association guidelines suggest consuming 2 servings of fatty fish per week, which is equivalent to about 500 mg of EPA and DHA per day for healthy adults, or 1000 mg of EPA and DHA per day for people with documented heart health concerns. Health care professionals may elect to prescribe higher amounts to patients for therapeutic use.
EPA/DHA content varies among commonly-consumed fish. For example, two servings of Rainbow Trout or Sardines provide about 2,000 mg of EPA/DHA, while two servings of Atlantic Salmon provides around 3,500mg. When determining our fish oil dosage of EPA/DHA, Nature Made chose the Omega-3 equivalent of some of the most EPA/DHA-rich fatty fish. Nature Made Fish Oil supplements taken daily for a week provide approximately 3,500 mg of EPA/DHA. This dosage fulfills the amount of EPA/DHA found in the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 2 servings of fatty fish per week.
The label should contain a guarantee of purity and list the specific species of fish used to make the oil. The label should also state the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids not just the “fish oil” amount, and the total daily recommended amount of EPA and DHA should be at least 500 mg.
Nature Made offers pure, concentrated fish oil formulas that taken daily for a week provide the heart-healthy Omega-3 equivalent of 2 servings of fatty fish recommended by the American Heart Association. For optimal absorption, Nature Made recommends taking fish oil supplements with a meal.
Nature Made Fish Oil supplements include: Our Burp-Less varieties are prepared with a special coating to help prevent a fishy aftertaste and odor. Our Fish Oil Pearls are easy-to-swallow and the smallest of our #1 pharmacist-recommended fish oil supplements. Our 100% Vegetarian Omega-3 supplement makes it safe and easy to get the EPA and DHA your body needs if seafood isn’t part of your diet.
** Based on 2011 Pharmacist Times survey.
†† The 'Recommended Amount' equates to approximately 3500mg of omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA found in two servings of fatty fish per week, as recommended by leading heart health experts.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.