Dear Pharmacist: I’m taking a prescription drug version of fish oils for my heart and cholesterol. I want a plant-derived option because I’m a vegetarian, plus I get “fish burp.” Are there plant-derived essential fatty acids, or do you have to get it from fish? — H.B., Plano, Texas
Answer: Fish burp often happens if you have a deficiency of probiotics and digestive enzymes, however people assume the burp happens from rancid oil. Fish oils aren’t usually rancid nowadays. They are the gold standard supplement for people seeking essential fatty acids.
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