Fish oil supplement is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from dietary sources and they can't be produced in the body. The main types of omega-3s in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Omega-3 fatty acids may help to:
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels
- Slow the development of plaque in the arteries
- Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
- Lessen the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease
If you do not eat 1–2 portions of oily fish per week, you may want to consider taking a fish oil supplement.
World Health Organization (WHO) recommend a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA each day for healthy adults. According to American Heart Association (AHA), patients with documented coronary heart disease should consume about 1g of EPA+DHA/day. For patients who need to reduce triglycerides, it is recommended to consume 2-4g of EPA+DHA/day.
Taking up to 3 grams of fish oil supplements is generally considered safe.
Side effects of omega-3 supplements are usually mild. They include fishy aftertaste, gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea.
Taking high doses of fish oil supplements might increase the risk of bleeding but it is very rare at doses <3g/day.
Beacons Health carry a range of supplements and vitamins. We carry Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000mg, which contains EPA 180mg, DHA 120mg, Vitamin E 1.1IU. It is manufactured in USA.