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Should I be concerned about the amount of mercury in the fish I eat?

I've read the recommendations that you should eat more fish, but what about the mercury in fish? Shouldn't I be concerned about that? How much fish in a week is safe?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

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That's a great question and one I get in my practice all the time.

There's no doubt that eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids helps reduce your risk of sudden death, death from heart disease, and death from stroke. The consensus is that the benefit of eating fish far outweighs the risks.

Certainly you want to minimize those risks, however. Here's an article I wrote about the mercury in fish and what you can do about it.

Thanks for writing.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
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