Omega 3 Fish Oil Side Effects

Omega 3 fish oil side effects are the very reason you should take fish oil.

I know that doesn’t sound like it makes much sense. But let me explain about omega 3 side effects and you’ll soon see what I mean.

In the typical sense, the term “side effects” means something we’d all like to avoid. We’ve been around medications long enough to know that there’s always a price to pay from using them.

For example, drugs for blood pressure can cause erectile dysfunction. Over-the-counter allergy medications can make you sleepy. And some drugs have side effects of bleeding ulcers, heart disease, cancer and much, much more.

So, it’s easy to see why people are leery of side effects.

But you can safely let go of any concerns about omega 3 side effects when it comes to fish oil with DHA, EPA and DPA. Sure, for the first couple of days, until fish-digesting enzymes kick in, a few people occasionally belch the taste of fish.

After that, the only side effects of fish oil supplements you’ll experience are positive, healthy ones.  Even Medline Plus (a National Institute of Health website) says that fish oil is likely effective for reducing your risk of heart disease and possibly effective for improvements in the following conditions: high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, stroke, kidney problems, bipolar, weight loss and many more.

So is it a side effect if you start supplementing your diet with fish oil to help prevent heart disease and your Rheumatoid arthritis might begin to feel better? In my opinion, that’s a very positive side effect!  And don’t you think these benefits are the sort of omega 3 side effects you can live with?

Maybe it would help if you knew some of the other great benefits of fish oil. Then you can pick one primary reason for taking it and add on all the side benefits at the same time.

Here’s the scoop directly from Medline Plus:

  • Heart disease. Fish oil may be effective in keeping people with healthy hearts free of heart disease. People who already have heart disease may be able to lower their risk of dying from heart disease by taking fish oil. Though not all researchers agree, some investigators believe that fish oil may be even more effective in reducing death from heart attacks than a group of commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs called “statins.”
  • High blood pressure. Fish oil seems to produce modest reductions in blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil seem to be able to expand blood vessels, and this brings blood pressure down.
  • Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Taking fish oil alone or in combination with vitamin B12 seems to improve painful periods and reduce the need for pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Taking fish oil seems to improve thinking skills and behavior in 8 to 12 year-old children with ADHD.
  • Weak bones (osteoporosis). Taking fish oil alone or in combination with calcium and evening primrose oil seems to slow bone loss rate and increase bone density at the thigh bone (femur) and spine in elderly people with osteoporosis.
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Fish oil seems to slow or slightly reverse the progress of atherosclerosis in the arteries serving the heart (coronary arteries), but not in the arteries that bring blood up the neck to the head (carotid arteries).
  • Kidney problems. Long-term use (two years) of fish oil 4-8 grams daily can slow the loss of kidney function in high-risk patients with a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy. Fish oil also seems to reduce the amount of protein in the urine of people who have kidney disease as a result of diabetes.
  • Endometrial cancer. There is some evidence that women who regularly eat about two servings of fatty fish per week have a reduced risk of developing endometrial cancer.
  • Age-related eye disease (age-related macular degeneration, AMD). There is some evidence that people who eat fish more than once per week have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

There are so many more amazing omega 3 fish oil side benefits that I could go on all day, but we can conclude that fish oil has got you covered.

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