Fish Oil Side Effects
There are both good and bad side effects of taking fish oil supplements or eating a sufficient amount of fish. Since the body and can't produce the omega-3 fatty acids from other foods it is important to our health to get them into our system.
A lot of the side effects are related to the quality of the supplement you are taking. If you decide on taking supplements make sure you take the highest quality you can find. Consider the distillation process, the fish used in the products, the mercury content, other omega 3 sources, and any other items that can be compared.
There are many positive fish oil side effects related to taking fish oil supplements. But one should always discuss this options with their medical adviser first. Caution should be taken in making sure one takes just the right amount of dosage and also to be sure that the fish oil doesn't interact with other medications (both over the counter and prescribed) in an adverse manner.
The benefits can be outstanding, with a doctors guidance and a good quality products.
Fish oil is beneficial for:
Lowering triglycerides which is associated with heart disease and untreated diabetes.
Fish oil is probably beneficial for:
For healthy people to keep from getting heart disease and for those that have heart disease to lower their risk of a heart attack.
Fish oil is possibly beneficial for:
Osteoporosis: Alone or with calcium it can strengthen the bones.
ADHD in children: Improves thinking skills in 8 to 12 year old.
Arteriosclerosis: Slow the process in the arteries in the heart.
High Blood pressure: Expands the blood vessels and brings the blood pressure down.
AMD: Eating fish once a week reduces the risk of age-related eye sight problems.
High Cholesterol: If taken with B12, it may reduce cholesterol levels.
Weight Loss: When combined with exercise it significantly decreases blood sugar
Bipolar disorder: Seems to decrease the symptoms of depression
Asthma: Lowers coughing and causes better air flow in children.
Cancer: Several studies have shown positive results, but a definitive conclusion has yet been released.
Pregnancy: Some studies indicate it helps to develop the brain of the fetus and helps protect against miscarriage.
Alzheimer's and other brain disorders: Hence some call it the brain food.
Dry eyes: It helps reduce pain and swelling.
Fish oil is being researched in almost every area of medicine to see whether it will give positive or negative results. Further evidence is needed in all these areas.
There are cautions-- as mentioned before. High dosages can cause problems and interaction with other medications can have reserve effects. So always consult with your doctor concerning these two very important points. Other adverse side affects could be rashes, allergies, gas, nausea, and heartburn. Fish oil should always be taken with food to combat the minor side effects.
The preferred omega-3 oil should be taken from the fish body. Oil from the liver (such as cod liver oil) has a high level of toxicity of Vitamin A and should be avoided. The liver of fish is also where PCB is stored, making it an unreliable source.