How Much Omega-3 Is in Salmon?

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Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are displayed prominently in pharmacies and for good reason. The lipid, found in several types of fish, inhibits and slows the growth of plaques in the arteries of your heart; lowers your risk of high blood pressure, clots and sudden death; acts as an anti-inflammatory; and can improve your cholesterol score. A diet rich in foods including salmon provides enough omega-3 fatty acids for most people. Consuming too much of the lipid can cause bleeding, so consult your physician before taking a supplement.

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A 3-ounce filet of fresh or frozen salmon has between 1.1 and 1.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are a healthy adult, the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fatty fish like salmon per week. If you have a history of heart disease, the recommendation is a combined 1 gram per day of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA -- the specific type of omega-3 fatty acid found in fish. To lower triglyceride levels, the goal is 2 to 4 grams of an EPA-DHA combination per day.

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