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I posted before about my lipid levels and wanting to get them down without statin drugs. Have been trying to put to use the info I picked up from my posting as well as others. Have a few questions:

I'm reading labels & trying to figure out which bottle of fish oil capsules I should take. I read that for heart disease prevention, I should take 1000 mg 3 times a day. An example of what I've found is a bottle that says it's Omega-3 and that it's 1000 mg per serving. But then it lists the EPA as 360 mg and the DHA as 240 mg (for total of 600 mg). So I'm thinking that this does not really give me the 1000 mg that I'm looking for (even though it says 1000 mg on the front). Would someone confirm or correct my thinking on this?

I'm planning to increase my intake of the actual fish; but since I'm not used to that much fish in my diet, (especially strong tasting fish that will have the omega-3) I thought I'd supplement with the fish oil capsules. Anybody have an opinion of how you would go about figuring out how much to take? I read that if you eat the fish 3 times per week, you'll get enough of the omega-3.

Also, to Sal, if you're reading: (and to anyone else who cares to respond)
You advised me to be sure I was taking a good antioxidant pill. Currently I've been taking a "mixed carotenoid" capsule that says it contains 25,000 IU of Vitamin A (100% as Natural Beta Carotene from Dunaliella salina algae containing 15,000 mcg Beta Carotene, 470 mcg Alpha Carotene, 110 mcg Cryptoxanthin, 90 mcg Zeaxanthin, and 70 mcg Lutein) and 7 mg of Carotenoid Complex. In addition, I take 2000 mg Vitamin C, and I'm increasing my 400 IU of Vit. E to 800 IU daily. I also take a multi-vitamin -- a generic form of Centrum Silver.

My question is: Do you think this is covering my needs for "a good antioxidant vitamin pill"? If not, could you give me some guidelines of what I should be looking for?


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