Is fish oil harmful?

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

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Is drinking fish oil harmful to your health?

Depends on how much. The scientific evidence suggests that fish oil really does lower high triglycerides, and it also seems to help prevent heart disease and stroke when taken in the recommended amounts. Ironically, taking too much fish oil can actually increase the risk of stroke. Read more...

Is fish oil helpful or harmful for the inflammation of the vein?

Inflammation. Fish oil, specifically the EPA component, is anti-inflammatory and also blocks the conversion of omega 6 fatty acids to arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is pro-inflammatory, so that means you get a double defense against inflammation with fish oil. Read more...

Is rubbing fish oil on your breast harmful? Doctor answers.

fish oil. There seems to be a myth out there that rubbing fish oil on a body part will cause increased fatty tissue to appear locally to enlarge butt or breasts. Good luck trying it, but don't be crushed when it doesn't work and you smell like a bucket of fish. Read more...

Fish oil sups not regulated by fda. Are they still safe? Ever encounter adverse affect due to mercury or an impurity causing illness in any patients?

Supplements. The fda is forbidden by the dhsea act to pass upon the quality of supplements. This includes fish and other oils. Look for a reliable brand but that is not a complete guarantee. Until congress changes this law, we are stuck with unregulated products of uncertain concentration, unknown quality and no ability to detect impurities or toxins. Read more...

I get adverse reaction to foods like dairy, nuts, and canola oil can only take small amounts of fish oil, any alternative food sources of omega?

Many alternatives. Flax oil, hemp seed oil and chia seeds are excellent sources of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. However, many people do not efficiently convert the Alpha linolenic acid found in vegetable foods into dha, an essential omega 3 which is found in fish oil. Products like omegazen provide dha derived from algae so it might be wise to supplement with that or a similar product. Read more...
Omega-3 alternatives. Flaxseed!!!!! Basil Soybean Brussel sprouts Cauliflower Tofu Shrimp Winter squash. Read more...