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Multivitamin Increases Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

A new double-blind, placebo-controlled study has found that consuming fish oil and multivitamin supplements together has added benefits over just taking fish oil alone. Published in the journal, Nutrients, the study investigated how different dosages of fish oil, taken with or without a multivitamin, impacted the incorporation of omega-3 fatty acids into red blood cells. Researchers found that the omega-3 index (a measure involving total, combined amounts of the fatty-acids EPA, DHA, and DPA) increased only in the study participants receiving 6 grams of fish oil daily with a multivitamin, as compared to the placebo group. In addition, researchers noted that women were generally better able to incorporate long-chain omega-3s into red blood cells, suggesting that future recommendations for fish oil supplements might need to be gender-specific. This new study is consistent with other research that shows males and females may respond differently to omega-3 supplementation, although it is one of the few so far to examine the effects of fish oil and multivitamins taken in combination.

Source: Nutrients

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