Side Effects Of Consuming Too Much Fish Oil?

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Good evening, I would like to ask what is a good dose for an adult who is actively exercising in taking fish oil supplements every day? because I heard that the daily dose for adults is 1000mg, is that enough and is it too much to take 2000mg per day? Then what are the side effects if you consume too much?

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Fish oil, containing omega 3, is known to have a number of health benefits. Fish oil can be obtained by consuming fish or supplements. Fish oil sold in the market contains two types of omega 3, namely docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentanoic acid (EPA). The following are some of the benefits of fish oil:

reduce triglyceride levels
reduce the risk of heart disease
reduce the risk of blockage of blood vessels
reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and premature birth in pregnant women and increase the birth weight of babies
help prevent dementia
helps maintain eye health
reduce the risk of depression

You are not advised to consume fish oil in excess because it can cause:

increased risk of bleeding thereby increasing the risk of hemorrhagic stroke
increased levels of bad cholesterol (LDL)
disorders of blood sugar levels
interactions with blood thinning drugs
side effects in the form of heartburn, nausea, rash, nosebleeds

The recommended dose depends on what the purpose of the supplement is for. For example, for high triglyceride levels you can consume 1000-1500 mg per day, to maintain heart health you can consume 600-1000 mg DHA and/or EPA per day, and others. Please consult with your doctor about the right dose for you.


Hope this information is useful.


Dr. Aloisia

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