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What are some good dietary oil supplements?

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Some good oil dietary supplements are those that contain omega-3 fatty acids, different types of including fish oils, algae oil and flaxseed oil. However, each of these types of oils can contain different types of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, DHA and ALA. Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for health and different issues, including lowering high triglyceride levels, as stated by WebMD.

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Fish, marine algae and certain plants are the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Oils are produced from these different sources that can also be use as dietary supplements. Eicosapentaneoic acid (EPA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are three types of omega-3 fatty acids found in these food sources and oils, as noted by Mayo Clinic. However, different oils provide different types of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish oil provides both EPA and DHA but in varying amounts that depends on the type of fish. Salmon oil has more amounts of DHA than EPA, and most krill oil has sufficient amounts of both EPA and DHA, as noted by the Dr. Oz website. Similarly, ALA is typically found in walnut, flaxseed and canola oils.

Although people can get sufficient amounts of these healthy fats through diet, others can get the benefits of these nutrients through supplementation. Based on certain studies, fish oil may be useful for rheumatoid arthritis, the lowering of triglyceride blood levels and joint inflammation. Doctors also may recommend that patients with heart disease take 1 gram of fish oil that contains both DHA and EPA, according to WebMD.

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