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A 24-year-old male asked:

Omega 3 fish oil 1000mg.what are the benefits of that food supplement and is there any side effects for it.and do i need medical prescription.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Fish Oil: Fish oil supplies essential omega-3 fats that our bodies cannot make on their own. They can lower triglycerides, prevent heart disease, help reduce high blood pressure, and reduce inflammation in the body. Fish oil helps ward off depression too. In general, most people need at least 1-2 grams of epa and 500mg dha per day in a fish oil preparation. No prescription is needed.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Provided original answer
If used in combination with NSAIDS, etc fish oil can increase chances of bleeding because it makes your platelets less sticky. Some preparations can lead to nausea, if you take them without food. Make sure you have a reliable product tested for heavy metals, and keep it in a cool dark place so that it remains fresh.
Apr 20, 2014

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