Can athletes benefit from fish oil?

Hype. 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".
Fish oil/athletes. Yes. A major deficiency in the american diet are essential fatty acids e.g. Omega 3 oils from fish. Because omega 3 oils are part of the essential nutrients necessary for optimum health, anyone (including athletes) who is deficient would be healthier if they would optimize their intake of omega 3 fish oils.

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I don't like seafood at all. Would I benefit from taking fish oil instead?

No. There is no great benefit from fish oil supplements in reducing cardiac risk and it may increase the risk of prostate cancer. Read more...
Cardiovascular Dis? Yes, if you have risk factors or cardiovascular disease. But, you may want to clear that with your family physician or cardiologist first. Read more...
Omega three. Several brands available. Old time cod liver oil!, make a choice and follow tests. Read more...

@dr appt today, told him was taking fish oil capsules daily. He told me that it "wasn't a good idea, and I should stop". Are benefits > risks?

Controversial. The american heart association still recommends that patients with coronary artery disease take fish oil 1 gm daily; however recent data show that patients do not benefit with less heart attacks or strokes. It has also been known that fish oil increases the LDL (bad) cholesterol. At this point, main use of fish oil is to treat high tryglycerides. Read more...
Fish oil. Other doctors may have different opinions. I feel that there is fairly good evidence that fish oil can lower the risk of certain kinds of heart events; it is also an anti-inflammatory supplement good for chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Finally, there are several studies that show that people who take health supplements (regardless of which kind) are healthier than people who do not. Read more...

What are the benefits of fish oil?

Many. Fish oil is very helpful for dry eyes. 2000 mg a day is recommended for this. It is also helpful for heart health and brain health/memory. It also is beneficial for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Read more...

In wich way can fish oil benefit my health?

Heart & brain. We don't have good randomized controlled trials demonstrating benefit of fish oil, aside from lowering triglycerides (at expense of raising LDL cholesterol), but most observational studies suggest benefit with regards to heart health. Some studies suggest brain benefit too but these are less rigorous trials. Better than popping pills is eating wild caught fatty fish (but don't fry it!) regularly. Read more...
Fish oil. Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/fish_oil. Read more...

Do fish oil capsules only a short-term benefit?

No, most. Cardio protective are life long but need to keep taking them. Read more...