Fish oil is being taken by consumers for tons of ailments, from gum infection to liver disease.
But as you may have guessed, it is not going to ease every medical condition and before taking large doses you need to check with your doctor first.
Consumer Reports says that studies show that fish oil – whether from eating fish or from taking fish-oil supplements can help reduce high levels of “triglycerides, an artery-clogging fat that increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Fish oil may reduce those levels by 20 to 50 percent. People who have coronary heart disease should also consider taking it. Fish oil may lower their risk of a second heart attack, possibly because it slows or slightly reverses hardening of the coronary arteries.”
“Although the evidence isn’t overwhelming, the supplements may modestly lower high blood pressure, ease menstrual and rheumatoid arthritis pain, and improve the symptoms of ADHD and asthma in children. They might also help with osteoporosis, kidney disease, bipolar disorder, and Raynaud’s syndrome, a disorder that affects the arteries to the fingers and toes.
“Fish oil is unlikely to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes or help gum infection, liver disease, migraines, allergic skin rashes, and stomach ulcers. There isn’t enough evidence to say whether it protects against Alzheimer’s disease, heart arrhythmia, depression, dry eyes, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, pregnancy complications, or cancer.”
“Fish oil is probably safe for most people in doses of 3 grams or less per day. Higher amounts might increase the risk of bleeding, increase LDL (bad) cholesterol, and impair immune function.”
So be smart and check with your doctor. And keep in mind, eating fish every day could also increase the amount of mercury that gets into your body.
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