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OMEGA-3

Omega-3 fatty acid is a good fat. Two crucial ones — EPA and DHA — are primarily found in certain fish. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.

Blood fat (triglycerides). Fish oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride levels since a high level of this fat puts you at risk for heart disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplements (EPA+DHA) can curb stiffness and joint pain. Omega-3 supplements also seem to boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Depression. Some researchers have found that a high level of omega-3s lowers the level of depression. Fish oil also seems to boost the effects of antidepressants and may help the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Baby development. DHA appears to be important for visual and neurological development in infants.

Asthma. A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation, a key component in asthma. But more studies are needed to prove if fish oil supplements improve lung function or cut the amount of medication a person needs to control the condition.

ADHD. Some studies show that fish oil can reduce the symptoms of ADHD in some children and improve their mental skills, like thinking, remembering, and learning. However, omega-3 supplements should not be used as a primary treatment since more research is needed in this area.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Some research suggests that omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging but that’s not certain yet.

Before taking omega-3 fatty acids, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to them; or to fish; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as peanut/soy), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

The most common side effects from fish oil are indigestion and gas. Getting a supplement with a coating might help.

Precautions

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement first. He or she may have specific recommendations, or warnings, depending on your health and the other medicines you take. Your doctor can also recommend the right dose.

 

Interactions

Omega-3 supplements (DHA/EPA) can make bleeding more likely. Talk to a doctor before using any omega-3 supplements if you have a bleeding condition or take medicines that could increase bleeding, like Coumadin, Plavix, Effient, Brilinta, and some NSAIDs.

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing call the emergency hotline promptly.

 

Available brands:

  • Bomvital Forte Multivitamins For Kids/Bomvital Forte Drops (Diamond Lab)
  • Cardiclear Omega-3 Fish Oil (Organica)
  • Champs Omega-3 Plus Multivitamins
  • Cardiobes (Aximed)

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