I actually hate fish and had tried fish oil years ago, but stopped taking it because I kept burping up fish taste. A little bit later a cardiogist recommended I start taking fish oil. When I started to protest he said I know what you are going to say - freeze them! It does help. It also helps to take them shortly after or while eating and it keeps the burping up fish taste to a minimum. I know take three tablets every night and rarely have a problem.
I take 2 in morning, two at night. The fish oil now after 4 years, doesn't bother me. Now the Niaspin does if I take it during the day, but if just before bed the reaction is while I'm asleep, but it doesn't wake me up.
I also buy the enteric coated fish oil *laughing*, but I still freeze them. Even though I trusted the doctor, I also checked with the pharmacist to see what he thought of freezing the fish oil and he agreed that it would work and still be a useful supplement. The theory is the capsules don't melt until they pass into your intestine. Not sure if that is true or not, but the freezing allows me to take a supplement I need and should have. If I was still having a problem, I wouldn't take them. The bonus is they appear to be good for my diabetes as well.
I just read an article on where to get your Omega 3s. Concerning sources of Omega 3 oils, walnuts (1 1/2 oz. per day - about a heaping quarter cup measuring cup) lowers your LDL - bad cholesterol, while fish oil raises the HDL - good cholesterol, but also raises the LDL a bit. Several weeks before my last blood work lab, I ate salmon every morning, also nuts, and also omega 3 capsules to equal 3 grams total of omega 3s.
My total cholesterol was up because I had stopped taking statins, but my HDL was 70 and therefore the ratio of total cholesterol divided by the HDL was much lower ( a good thing) than the previous test. I sometimes feel that my body is a chemistry lab. I did that for an experiment and will get another blood lab next month.
I have cut way back my cheese intake and red meat. I enjoy testing my response with the total aim of tweeking my diet for the best health maintainance.
That was interesting what you said about the fish oil and raising the HDL. I'll be having my cholesterol tested soon, and also have cut back on my statin use, so we'll see how it comes out. I've only cut back the last few weeks, so I don't know how valid that will be. I'll wait another two weeks, which will be a month with a low amount of statins.
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