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General Information on Dosing for Docosahexaenoic Acid

Some considerations for people taking docosahexaenoic acid include:
  • Since the manufacturing of supplements (such docosahexaenoic acid) is not closely regulated, it is important to choose a trustworthy manufacturer for docosahexaenoic acid supplements. It is a good idea to look for the "USP" symbol, since this means that the supplement has been tested and contains the right ingredients in the right amounts.
  • Some fish (and, therefore, some docosahexaenoic acid supplements) contain heavy metals and other toxins. Often, docosahexaenoic acid supplements are purified in order to remove these toxins. Make sure to choose a docosahexaenoic acid supplement from a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist can help you choose a good docosahexaenoic acid supplement. Docosahexaenoic acid derived from non-fish sources are probably less likely to have these problems.
  • If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, it is probably a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking docosahexaenoic acid.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or docosahexaenoic acid dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider.
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