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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My massage therapist suggests strongly that I begin taking Omega 3 Fish Oils [glub glub]  I have looked at several types in the Puritan catalog and have no clue what I should be looking for. Is anyone taking this, does anyone have anything to share? And- if you are having luck with something else, or something in addition, I am open to that, too. I am taking a multi vitamin and a B complex so far.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I had actually JUST started taking Omega 3 fish oil tablets YESTERDAY.. it's funny you brought them up.. don't know much about them but I have heard fish oil is good for your heart and mind, among other things (I can certainly take all the helping my mind I can get! lol) I honestly didn't know about the several different types. I just picked up a huge bottle at Target.
I take a multi-vitamin too (Women's One-A-Days), and a cranberry tablet for my chronic bladder infections, and now also the fish oil for my mind and flax seed oil for my moods!
Like I said, I am still learning about the fish oil I guess, I'm certainly no expert haha, sorry I couldn't have been of help. You could always talk to a pharmacist maybe?
Take care!!
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   Posted 1/11/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I think fish oils are for inflamation. So if you have arthritis, they would be helpful. So far I have no signs of inflamation in my body. However, I do eat lots of Alaska Wild Salmon.


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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Fish oil gives me fishy burps so I take garlic pills at the same time so it feels more like dinner, LOL. They sell some that are "burpless" but I haven't tried them.

I tried taking them before bed so I wouldn't notice the burps but it woke me up so now I take them with lunch or dinner and just ignore it.

You might want to start with only buying a small bottle in case you can't tolerate them. I noticed a big difference between brands. If you really can't tolerate the fish oil, walnuts have a lot of Omega 3 but they also have a lot of calories. Your local health food store may have a knowledgeable person on staff that can help you choose the right brand and dosage.

I find that magnesium helps me a lot.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear SaraSmiles: The only other supplement I have fond that seems to help is Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM. I have been giving it to my dog cause she's old and arthritic, and as long as I'm consistent with getting it into her food, daily, she runs around like a spring elephant. She's a big girl. Strong as an ox. While crushing it to mix with her food one day, I had a lightbulb moment, wait a minute, I have achy sore joints, maybe I should take this also. Some mild help was found after about two weeks. I might keep it up for a couple months, see how it goes. I also want to try the fish oils. Mainly because alzheimers is linked to low levels of Vit. D and our family has a lot. I'm going for the total package, Omega 3,6,9, and Vitamin D. I noticed you mentioned valerian. Do you take it for relaxation?, For sleep? I bought some a year ago and immediately began to have those oily burps mentioned in another post, on this thread. It kinda made me feel queasy. It came in a red capsule, mixed with oil. Is there a better form of it.
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I take it daily and it does help. You can get a kind that makes you burp up orange flavoring. Not too bad. Puritan has a lot of good sales coming on , I think it is buy two get three free right now. So look for the more expensive ones that don't make you burp it up. If you don't you might not like them and they are important for your mind and body.

Best wishes sweetie,

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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband takes Fish Oil and the doctor told hiim if you refridgerate it, it helps reduce the fish taste. There are also lemon flavored ones that my cousin takes I think she gets hers at the GNC store.
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
i've been taking fish oil for about a month now. the only thing i could add here is that i personally found that i have to wait until after i eat to take it, or it makes me sick to my stomach. also, i have had issue with "fishy burps", too, and am definitely going to try the refrigeration tip! thanks jliven! :-)
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he may be clearing you out for some new delight.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Carlson's Fish Oil. It usually helps take the "edge" off a bit.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually take Omega 3 because I have high cholesterol & it helps to reduce the bad cholesterol.  I am going to put it in my fridge & see it that helps with the fishy taste.  Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression, TMJ

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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't tolerate the "fish burps" or the fishy aftertaste (I HATE fish).  Maybe I didn't have a good brand, but it was just too icky for me to try again.
I recently bought some flax seed oil capsules to try.  I know it's not the same, but some studies show an overlap between the two. 
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   Posted 1/12/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking fish oil capsules right before Christmas.  They gave me such a bad case of diarrhea that I almost had to cancel my cruise!  I stopped taking them and I'm fine now.
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   Posted 1/12/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My neighbor took them and after several months whenever she sweated it smelled like fish, and she bought a good brand too, and he doctor told her that was absoutly normal. So becareful, I had to stay away from her for several weeks after she stopped taking them cause it she smelled so aweful. She's terribly embarrassed, but she started taing something else that she said helped her ecen more, I'll ask her what it is, I know she has to order them online. She's really big into vitamins and stuff like that. And she knew about the burps smelling like fish but she had no idea about sweating and smelling like fish.
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I was looking through an old magazine today (Dec. Woman's Day) and came across a short article about special dark chocolates that contain omega-3 fish oils.  The testers in the article said that they were really good (pretty expensive, though).
They can be found at and
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
the better quality fish oil, the less chance of "fish burps". Also, I've read about krill oil, which is more expensive, but seems to have more omega 3s than fish oil and no fishy taste.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Omega 3s (for cholesterol) but realized that it had such a strong affect on my moods, memory and my ability to get through stressful days. It did need to build up in the body tho at first. I prefer smaller doses throughout the day. It really helped with being able to bounce back from things!
FYI- I have read that valerian should be used causiosly --1 week on, 1 week off kind of thing to rest your liver because of its toxicity. (Not that everything else they pump us with isnt toxic! LOL) Has anyone else heard this??
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   Posted 1/14/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I take GNC Triple Strength fish oils-1 pill a day. It helps with my fibro and is great for my hair, mails and skin.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my commitments to better health this year, is to take my vitamins. I have been very good about taking my Vitamin D, as I am on a prescribed dose due to deficiency. However, it's become easy for me to forget my other vitamins, as I cannot take them first thing in the morning, then as the day progresses, I just forget.

I invested in one of those 4 x a day pill dividers, which should help me keep better track of everything.

I take Viactiv multi, Vitamin C, Caltrate, and Omega 3 Fish Oil, hoping it will help reduce my cholesterol.

I am considering adding Vitamin B and will ask my rheumy about valerian for better sleep.
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   

I take "Fisol" made by Nature's Way. I really like this fish oil. IT'S MERCURY-FREE/NO PCBs ! There's no fish oil repeat. It's in a softgel that's enteric-coated and targeted released. I'll type what's said on the bottle:

"Each FISCOL softgel delivers 30% EPA and 20% DHA, and is uniquely coated to withstand stomach acid. FISOL dissolves in the small intestine to maximize the body's absorption of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids".

"Recommended dose: Take up to 3 daily with water.

I take 3 per day. AM, Afternoon and late evening. It's also good for me because I have very bad gerd/acid reflux and it doesn't bother my stomach.

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