Fish oils and cardiovascular disease

A: Fish oil supplements may be useful to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who cannot meet the dietary recommendations for fish intake. Guidelines recommend eating fish (fresh or canned) two or three times a week as part of an overall healthy eating plan.1–3

People with hypertriglyceridaemia are recommended to take 2–5g daily of total eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) through dietary sources or supplements, with or without a fibrate, to reduce high levels of triglycerides.2