Q: Should I use omega-3 pills or is eating fish once a week good enough?
A: The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that you eat 3.5 ounces of fish at least twice a week to obtain optimal omega-3 heart-healthy benefits. The fish recommended is fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna. The AHA also recommends, for those with coronary artery disease, to increase their omega-3 consumption with supplementation as well (after it is discussed with a physician). Eating fish once a week is a great start, but I would recommend either increasing your intake to twice a week or considering an omega-3 supplement as well. Remember: omega-3 supplements can interact with medications so ALWAYS talk to your physician or pharmacist before starting omega-3 supplementation.