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Is fish oil harmful?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: No/Yes

Most anything can be harmful if taken improperly.
Think about it, drinking too much water can make you very ill or you can die. Fish oil, like anything else should be taken according to manufacturer's directions or according to your health care provider. Fish oils have many beneficial effects if used properly and if a reputable product is purchased. Some fish oils are alleged to be contaminate.

In brief: No/Yes

Most anything can be harmful if taken improperly.
Think about it, drinking too much water can make you very ill or you can die. Fish oil, like anything else should be taken according to manufacturer's directions or according to your health care provider. Fish oils have many beneficial effects if used properly and if a reputable product is purchased. Some fish oils are alleged to be contaminate.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Check brands 4 safeT

Fish oils can go rancid, and then not be safe to use.
So, it's best to check the brands and find the ones that are considered high quality, and recommended by many integrative medicine, internal medicine, family medicine physicians, and those, who understand the nutritional value of fish oils (omega 3's) to reduce inflammation, and protect myelination of nerves. Nordic naturals are popular. Stay away from gnc.

In brief: Check brands 4 safeT

Fish oils can go rancid, and then not be safe to use.
So, it's best to check the brands and find the ones that are considered high quality, and recommended by many integrative medicine, internal medicine, family medicine physicians, and those, who understand the nutritional value of fish oils (omega 3's) to reduce inflammation, and protect myelination of nerves. Nordic naturals are popular. Stay away from gnc.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Harmful fish oil

Most fish oils are sold as dietary supplements and are not tested or approved by the fda.

In brief: Harmful fish oil

Most fish oils are sold as dietary supplements and are not tested or approved by the fda.
Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Possibly

Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".

In brief: Possibly

Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. William Jenkins
Fish oils the contain DHA raise LDL cholesterol, fish oils that contain only EPA decrease LDL cholesterol, in addition to lowering triglycerides
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