According to the NIH, fish oils may help with joint mobility. Omega- 3
fish oil fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on the
body’s inflammatory response.
Many studies report improvements in joint comfort and function
with the regular intake of fish oil supplements for up to three months.
Benefits have been reported when fish oil is used as a supplement to
medications that contain ibuprofen and aspirin.
Introducing yourself to omega- 3
Increasing omega- 3 fatty acid intake through foods is preferable. The
American Heart Association suggests that all adults eat fish at least two times
per week. In particular, fatty fish—including mackerel, lake trout, herring,
sardines, albacore tuna and salmon—are recommended.
However, those with concerns about their heart health may not be able
to get enough omega- 3 fatty acids by diet alone. Fish oil supplements make
a convenient option for those who don’t eat enough fish or do not like it.
Supplements also could help people with maintaining ideal cholesterol levels.
A physician should be consulted prior to starting treatment with supplements. A
READING FOOD LABELS
Serving sizes in familiar units such as
cups or piece, followed by metric
amount (for example, grams).
Calories are per serving, and tell
you how much energy you get
from that single serving.
Americans generally get enough
fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol
and sodium. You should limit your
intake of these nutrients; eating too
much of them may increase your risk
of certain chronic diseases. In addition,
eating too many calories is linked to
overweight and obesity.
Your daily values may be higher
or lower depending on your
Serving Size 1 cup (228g)
Serving Per Container 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 120
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 2g
Total Carbohyrate 31g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Vitamin A 4% • Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 15% • Iron 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000
calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher
or lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholestrol Less than 300g 300g
Sodium Less than 2,400g 2,400g
Total Carbohydrate Less than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less than 25g 30g
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
Serving sizes are based on
amounts people typically eat.
Allows you to compare to your
Calories from fat tell you how
many of the calories per serving
are from fat.
Americans often don’t get
enough dietary fiber, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron in
their diets. This part of the label is
designed to help you understand
which foods contain more of
The bottom part of the Nutrition
Facts panel includes language
that is the same on every package. It shows dietary advice for
all Americans, and is not about
the specific product. The information reflects nutrition experts’
advice on the nutrients specified.
For example, total sodium should
be less than 2,400 milligrams per
day on both a 2,000-calorie- and
a 2,500-calorie-a-day diet.