About the Fish Oil Program
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats are essential nutrients for a healthy heart. Since the release of our position statement in 2008 we have recommended that Australian adults consume at least 500mg of omega-3 EPA / DHA every day from oily fish or fish oil supplements.
Unfortunately, recent research suggests that this message still isn’t getting through.
In fact, this research shows some 40% of Australians either don’t know or are unsure if omega-3 contributes to heart health1. In addition, three in five Australians don’t eat the recommended 2-3 serves of oily fish each week that are required for good heart health.
Our Fish Oil Program is designed to improve awareness and understanding of the need and benefits of consuming oily fish and fish oils to improve your heart health; and to assist you to make informed decisions about your choice of fish oil product.
Our new program aims to help improve the heart health of all Australians.
Look for the fish oil quality approved for Heart Health
To help you select a quality fish oil product that meets our criteria for heart health, we have developed the Heart Health symbol which will be licensed to fish oil producers who meet our strict standards.
Whenever you choose a product with the Heart Health symbol, you can be assured it has been rigorously tested, and the omega-3 is sourced in accordance with international conventions to protect wildlife.
Find out if your fish oil is quality approved for heart health.
If you have questions about fish oil or the Fish Oil program, please call our free Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 or download our question and answer sheet.
How much fish oil do you need?
We recommend that Australian adults consume at least 500mg of omega-3 every day to help maintain heart health.
You can get your recommended amount of omega-3 by eating 2-3 150g serves of oily fish every week and/or by supplementing your intake with fish oil supplements (capsules or liquid) and omega-3 enriched foods and drinks. Download our weekly eating plan for ideas to help you get enough omega-3 each week.
Information for professionals
Find out more about the Fish Oil Program and the Heart Health symbol by downloading our program fact sheet.
1. Newspoll Nature’s Own Omega-3 Health Survey. Conducted 2-4 March 2012 by phone interview with 1,206 Australian adults aged 18 years and over