So many people have so many questions about fish oil pills. Lets answer some.
From time to time we get questions about anything and everything to do with Omega 3 fish oil pills. How much should they cost? Why are they good for you? Where do you get the best ones?
Hopefully we’ve answered those questions here in previous articles. But today we just felt like dealing with a few questions about fish oil pills that we haven’t addressed before in previous articles.
One question we get asked is about fish oil pills side effects. And it’s a good question, because it seems nowadays you’ve always got to look for side effects from taking anything at all. So lets firstly consider the side effects of fish oil pills.
Yes there are some issues, we can’t tell you that there are no side effects. However the risks of serious side effects causing health concerns is low.
The main side effect reported is in fact just an irritant. It’s the “fishy burp” people experience after taking some brands of fish oil supplements.
Notice we said “some brands”. That’s because the reason for the “fishy burps” is that the oil used in the capsules isn’t as fresh as it could be and has become rancid. Fish oil that has oxidized is rancid fish oil.
That produces an unpleasant fishy taste and odor and if burped up isn’t so pleasant. Some manufacturers actually add a masking scent to mask the odor of rancid fish oil.
However quality fish oil capsules shouldn’t, and don’t, use fish oil that is rancid. The manufacturers go to extreme lengths to ensure the fish is fresh, and you won’t get those “fishy burps”. They are true tasteless fish oil pills.
There can also be some side effects from the other components of the capsules. The main Omega 3 polyunsaturated fat that you benefit from is DHA, along with EPA. But there is also some other things in fish oil.
Cod liver oil, for example, has the Omega 3 fats but is also high in vitamins A and D, so if you take cod liver oil you might get some side effects from too much vitamins A and D.
And some Omega 3 capsules, if they use oil that hasn’t been sufficiently decontaminated from nasty toxins, can harbour industrial pollutants. Mercury in fish oil pills has been in the news lately. The best Omega 3 supplements don’t have any detectable contaminants at all.
However there are also some fish oil side effects that are worth mentioning. It is well known that Omega 3 fats thin the blood a little. This is the reason why Omega 3s can reduce the risk of stroke, and is normally good for your heart generally. But some people who are already taking blood thinners may have a problem.
For this reason we always suggest that people with known health problems should always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
And there is evidence that large doses can increase the risk of bleeding in a few people. This can manifest as nose bleeds, or blood in the urine. It’s not common, but does happen, so consult your doctor.
And occasionally for some there can be some short term teething problems when starting Omega 3 capsules. Perhaps some abdominal discomfort or diarrhea, perhaps heartburn. It should go away, but again, consult your doctor if problems persist.
Generally though, the safety of taking fish oil pills is high, they are low risk with minimal side effects. And of course it’s very good for you. Is taking fish oil pills beneficial even though there is a small risk of some minimal side effects? Absolutely.
Another question we get asked often is this. Is it okay to break open fish oil pills?
This is a question from parents who have children that cannot take the capsules, and so need to take the oil itself. The answer to this is easy, yes it’s okay to break open fish oil pills, just make sure that the oil is taken immediately.
Just open the top of the capsule and pour the oil onto the childs food. If you do it when they’re not watching they probably won’t even know it’s there.
And we often get asked about fish oil pills and hair loss.
It’s a question about stopping hair loss by taking Omega 3 capsules. Sorry, but to date we know of no authoritative study showing that taking Omega 3 can reverse hair loss. They’re very good for you, but not that good.
But if someone discovers a way to reverse hair loss with Omega 3 fats we’ll be the first to let you know.
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