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02 Oct 2007

Low blood pressure - Omega Oils
Hi Dietdoc

I took your advice and bought some Omega 3/6 oils supplement (Vital) for achy joints and for more mobility (our family has a history of Arthritis). However, I am not sure how many to take a day - I'm taking 1 per day so far. Is this enough or not? Please advise. And what other benefits does longterm use of this supplement have? I can stay on it permanently. I also take Caltrate Plus daily.

Secondly, I used to eat a lot of salt and cut down in that I no longer add any salt to my food other than a touch on tomatos or eggs. I went to the doc (had gastric flu) and he said that my blood pressure was low. From reading etc. I know that we don't need extra salt. Could this be the reason for the blood pressure drop (I always had a tendency to low). Or am I lacking in some kind of food or supplement? I get dizzy spells and headaches.

I was also wondering if having low pressure protects a person from heart disease and strokes? In other words can you only have a heart attack if you BP is high?

Thanks very much,
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Omega
How many capsules of omega-3 you take a day depends on the strength of the product you purchased. If you got Salmon oil capsules, they will state on the label how much you should take as an adult. Yes, you can stay on this supplement for the rest of your life. Omega-3 fatty acids have a number of protective functions. In adults the counteract inflammation, joint disease, heart disease and other degenerative illnesses. If you suffer from very low bp which seems to be the case and which could cause the dizzy spells and headaches, then you can increase your intake of sodium via table salt moderately up to approx. 2,5 g per day. You can also ask the dr for medications that increase bp such as Effortil. On the one hand having a low bp will protect you against strokes, but if your arteries get clogged by cholesterol then you could still suffer from heart disease despite the low bp.
Best regards
DietDoc
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