Should We Take EPA and DHA Omega-3 For Our Heart?


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  • Random question, but what can I eat to help with fatigue? I'm a vegan and eat around 2000 calories a day. I exercise regulary as well, but stilll find myself tired throughout the day :/

  • Thank you for all your work Dr. Greger, but we need more videos like this on obtaining hard to find nutrients on a vegan diet! Vit K, Zinc, Iron, EPA and DHA etc.

  • we can easily get the recommended omega3 from flax seed, walnuts, and greens. fish is totally unnecessary. don't worry about conversion to EPA and DHA. we have evolved long enough to have that figured out, just stick to your physiological diet and avoid excess omega6 in most industrially produced vegetable oils today which artificially jack up your need for omega3s

  • I am allergic to algae, makes me super nauseated, I take cod liver oil and then afterward eat my shredded red cabbage which is full of sulforaphane and fiber
    to clean out any toxins.

  • With my vegan diet and using flaxseed meal for EFA, I typically get about 2.3 grams of Omega 3 (142% of needed) and about 6.4 grams of omega 6 (46% of needed) according to the online Chronometer. So I find veganism awesome 🙂

  • I eat at least two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds a day. Plus, I don't eat refined oils like soy and olive oil. Not sure if I'm getting enough omega-3 but I'm pretty sure I'm almost there.

  • Good Dr. My question is not should we be taking EPA/DHA for prolonged heat health, but should we taking DHA for long term Neurological/Brain Health instead? Thank you!

  • Or simply buy and consume pomegranate frequently and this will help with a good heart function like opening your arteries to allow more blood through, in people with bleeding gums this fruit will help also to prevent that condition (providing you brush daily, don’t smoke , don’t use drugs, and prevent drinking heavily).

  • Whooops I should stop buying the cheap fishoils from the US and start saving up for the ones from norway instead. Damn should have listened to the saleswoman last time

  • Watched this whilst eating Date balls with ground flax seeds, chia seeds, almond extract and cacao. I've read ALA conversation is helped by vitamins B3, B6, C, and the minerals zinc and magnesium. Chia seeds and dates contain B6 and Vitamin C, Cacao contains B3, magnesium and zinc. Also for every 100 grams there's about 35 grams of fibre. Win? They taste like chocolate flavored marzipan.

  • Great information, but it's presented way too fast. I had to pause, go back, read and hit play multiple times to get through this video. The spoken words and text don't match up and it's impossible to focus on both at the same time.

    I know you're excited about all the evidence, Dr. Greger! I'm a big fan of Nutrition Facts. I've learned so much from your work and eat a lot healthier food because of this.

    So could you slow down please? : )

  • I don't eat much fish but I do have a daily fish oil capsule. They're screened and filtered of all the harmful chemicals. I also put ground flax seeds in my cereal/oatmeal.

  • I have an bad gene of people in my family with oscoses where their bones break really easy and I'm vegan and my mom was talking about how am I going to be able to live without omega 3 and cnow I'm here

  • EPA+DHA supplements are very expensive though, costing over $30 per 90 pills when flaxseed oil supplements cost $8 for the same amount. Even multivitamins cost around $10. What's the alternative?

  • Hey Dr. Greger. I was wondering if you could shed some light on this article from dr mercola. Love your book. Thanks!

    You would want to choose an animal-based variety – most of the health benefits linked to omega-3 fats are linked to the animal-based EPA and DHA, not the plant-based ALA.

    Furthermore, ALA is converted into EPA and DHA in your body at a very low ratio. What this means is that even if you consume large amounts of ALA, your body can only convert a relatively small amount into EPA and DHA, and only when there are sufficient enzymes.

    Remember, though, that plant-based omega-3 fats are NOT inherently harmful or should be avoided. Ideally, what you want to do is include an animal-based form in your diet. For instance, you can combine flax and hemp in your diet with animal-based omega-3s."

  • I suggest farmed mussels or oysters, they can only survive in the most pristine waters and have loads more nutrients without the toxicity/detriment to oceans that fishing causes. Also high in B12, iron and selenium among many others including omega-3s.

  • OK now I'm really confused. Does a high omega 6/3 ratio still increase the risk of a heart attack?.. By the way, thank you for all the info here and on your website!

  • I had a Triglyceride Level over 800 my doctor had me to go a lipidologist, and she put me on massive does of fish oil. (She said fish oil did not help with general heart health, but in massive doses it could lower Triglycerides. It helped a little. I was using an aweful lot of fish oil. Then I went on a whole plant food diet and eat the daily dozen pretty much every day (with some fasting regime). I stopped all fish oil. My last doctor appointment: My triglycerides were 63. So Fishoil helped a little, but diet helped a lot.

  • If you buy omega 3 containing capsules (fish oils) that are Molecularly Distilled, it is tested to be free of potentially harmful levels of contaminants (i.e. mercury, heavy metals, PCB's, dioxins, and other contaminants).

  • Interesting. No mention of wild salmon and sardines which are extremely low in heavy metals and other toxic waste. At least mercury. They just don't accumulate it and if they do, it's very minimal where our body can easily handle and neutralize that particular amount.

  • He we go again with that dreaded word 'may' may do you, may screw you, may work, may won't kill you, may let you live longer. The favorite CYA word of scientists.

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