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2/3/12 3:27 P

Omega 3s are important, so ask your doctor if you need a supplement. However, that has nothing to do with being on a diet. You're actually LESS likely to need it if you're following a plan like SparkPeople than if you were eating a typical overweight person's diet. If you eat the types of foods that this site and other healthy eating plans suggest, you'll be eating more fish, more nuts, more green veggies, and less of the unhealthy types of fat. You'll be getting more Omega 3s and less Omega 6 (which is not exactly unhealthy but most of us get way too much.) So, maybe you should take a supplement, but it's not because you're dieting. If you need it now, you've needed it for years.

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2/3/12 1:17 P

You should consider a supplement if you're not getting enough through what you eat. We don't need a huge amount, from what I understand, so I add two spoonfuls of flaxseed meal to my oatmeal in the morning (or to soup or chili at dinner, if I didn't get it in at breakfast), or I eat a small handful of walnuts.

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2/3/12 8:21 A

It provides many health benefits and is important to include in your diet, preferably from food whenever possible. Here are a couple articles that might help you select foods you like to include more regularly.

The Mega Benefits of Omega-3's
These Healthy Fats Belong in Everyone's Diet

7 Super Sources of Omega 3's

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2/2/12 11:28 P

I know its not going to help me lose weight. Thats not what I was asking. I was asking if it was something I needed to take while dieting.

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2/2/12 10:41 P

I don't think taking an omega 3 supplement is going to help anyone lose weight.

Making sure that more of your fat intake is from omega 3 rather than others kinds is beneficial. I've read a few articles that claim omega 3 is easier for your body to burn off...but it doesn't magically make you burn more calories just by popping a pill.

Omega 3 pills do have various other potential benefits. I'm not really sure if they are necessary for anyone that shifts their diet to be higher in omega 3 though and diet is the best source of any nutrient.

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2/2/12 9:35 P

I like Nordic Naturals.

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2/2/12 8:55 P

I have heard that while dieting you should make sure to get an Omega 3 supplement and take it daily. Is that true? and if so what kind should i get?

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