Pros and Cons of Fish Oil Supplements

Cold water fish, including mackerel, cod, herring, and salmon have fish oil, which contains omega 3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The human body doesn’t produce these acids on its own, but the omega 3 fatty acids are essential for our development.  Supplements  are available, but they do have some risks as well as benefits. Make sure that you talk with your doctor before you start taking them though.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, greater than 140/90 is dangerous. This oil  supplements  can help to lower high blood pressure.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides, stored in fat cells, are used for energy when people don’t eat. When the triglyceride levels are too high, the risk of developing coronary artery disease goes up. This oil  supplements  can help lower the levels.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol, produced in the liver, can cause plaque to develop on the artery walls. This increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Studies show that this oil  supplement  can lower the LDL (low density lipoprotein), also called the bad cholesterol.

Allergies

If you have food allergies, you can have a number of problems arise from eating something to which you are allergic. Those with fish and shellfish allergies should not take the fish oil  supplements .

Toxicity

Fish oil  supplements  often have vitamins A, D, and E, which are stored in fat cells. A buildup of these vitamins can be toxic.

Bleeding

Fish oil  supplements  taken in dosages that are too high can lead to an increased risk in bleeding, especially for those taking meds such as heparin and warfarin. Taking naproxen, clopidogrel, and ibuprofen with the  supplements  can also cause problems.

Intestinal Problems

Some physical symptoms, including upset stomach, acid reflux, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea can occur when taking this  supplements .