William S. Harris, PhD Lipid and Diabetes Research Center, Mid America Heart Institute of Saint Luke’s Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
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The author has indicated that he is a major stock shareholder and cofounder of OmegaMetrix, a company involved in measuring blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
ABSTRACTMany health claims for fish oil (which contains omega-3 fatty acids) in conditions from Alzheimer disease to Zellweger syndrome are based on indirect evidence. But the evidence is direct for a benefit in coronary heart disease prevention, and the American Heart Association recently issued guidelines for the intake of omega-3 oils. This article answers a series of questions that health care professionals often ask regarding fish oil, such as what are proper dosages, and are there risks of ingesting pollutants by eating more fish or using supplements?