Newbie intro and question about Omega-3/heart issues

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Newbie intro and question about Omega-3/heart issues

Postby tomwaitsrox » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:44 pm

Hi,

I recently started realizing that I need to improve my diet if I want to live a long, and healthier life. I am going to be 50 soon, and while I am not fat or anything, I could stand to lose about 15 lbs. I have diabetes in family, and have been borderline myself before I lost weight and got it back down in the normal range.

However, my question involves the health benefits/risks associated with Omega-3s in your diet. I have been incorporating more of them in my diet, but I recently saw that if you take in too much Omega-3, it can lead to bleeding and/or stroke. I read that if you are taking in more than 3 or 4 grams a day, you should ask your doctor first. But, I also have found out that some Omega-3s are in the ALA form, which the body needs to change to DHA/EPA, and that transfer isn't very efficient. So, a lot of the Omega-3s from those foods are not actually delivering that same health benefit as the foods that are already in the DHA/EPA form.

My question is, if you are going over the 3-4 grams a day, but most of that is from ALA sources, does that still have the negative effect on blood thinning/stroke risk? I take a Fish Oil supplement because I don't want to eat that much fish, and that alone gives me almost 3 grams a day. So, if I eat fish, should I skip the supplement that day? Thanks.
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