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Supplements and Fortified Foods as Good as Fish for Raising Omega-3 Levels

Researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research claim that, fish pate and fortified fruit juice all provide the same omega-3 benefits as fish oil, making them a viable alternative for meeting your omega-3 needs.

The findings were published in the British Journal of Nutrition on September 15, 2011.

Participants in the study included 159 healthy adult men and women who were split into four groups. Over the course of seven weeks three intervention groups consumed a daily dose of one gram of EPA and DHA in the form of either three fish oil capsules, 1.5 oz of fish pate or 17 oz of omega-3 fortified fruit juice. The fourth group received a placebo.

At the conclusion of the study, all of the omega-3 intervention groups showed increases in EPA between 113% and 145% and DHA increases from 31% to 50%. As the differences in increases between the groups were not significant, the researchers concluded that fish pate and fortified orange juice are as good a source of omega-3 as fish oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including warding off age-related cognitive decline, reducing the risk of age-related vision loss, and preventing heart failure. Recent studies have even suggested that daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids can ease depression.

When choosing an omega-3 supplement, make sure that it has been tested for purity and potency to insure you're getting the most for your money.

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