High triglyceride levels are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular issues such as stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. Certain medical conditions, including uncontrolled diabetes, can cause high triglycerides.
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids can help lower levels of these blood fats and may reduce rates of cardiovascular disease. Eating foods such as fatty fish, chia seeds, and flax seeds, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, is one way to increase your omega-3 consumption. With your doctor’s OK, taking supplements is another approach that may be helpful for increasing your intake of these nutrients.
Here is a selection of fish oil and other omega-3 supplements.
These 1,200-milligram (mg) capsules of fish oil from Nature’s Bounty contain 360 mg of omega-3 per softgel. The company claims that its odorless formula is purified to eliminate contaminates.
One side effect of taking fish oil supplements can be burping. Fortunately, Nature Made produces a “burp-less” option. These fish oils also come from wild-caught, deep ocean fish, not farm-raised.
While fish oil softgels are usually odorless and tasteless, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega tastes like lemon. In addition to the taste, the supplement also claims to absorb better, and is proven to be pure and sustainable.
Similar to fish oil, krill oil is a good source of omega-3. However, unlike fish oil, it also contains antioxidants. MegaRed says its krill oil is easily absorbed and three times purer than regular krill oil.
Do you prefer your supplements in gummy form? Vitafusion has you covered with their berry lemonade-flavored vitamins. These supplements also provide vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Barlean’s provides omega-3 in a non-dairy blend with a smoothie texture. Available in a variety of different flavors, the company says, “It’s not just good for you, it is seriously delicious!”
Coromega says that its emulsification formula makes its fish oil supplement absorb three times more efficiently than pills. Available in citrus burst and coconut bliss flavors, Coromega’s packets can be consumed individually or mixed into yogurt or smoothies.
Flaxseed oil is a vegetarian alternative to fish oil for those looking to increase their omega-3 intake. Each softgel capsule from Nature Made contains 700 mg of omega-3.
Read “Are Omega-3 Fats Good for Diabetes?” to learn more about omega-3s and diabetes.