I have been taking fish oil for years as I have always felt a difference when I take it- but something peaked my curiosity today at work. This buddy mentioned that taking too much fish oil is bad for you. Surely not, right? Isn't it just a healthy omega-3 fatty acid supplement that is good for your cholesterol levels and heart health? It surely is, but like every other supplement or vitamin, it is good to know how much is too much!
Before we get to the negative side of things, check out this abridged version for the benefits of fish oil:
Obviously these benefits are amazing! Not only that, but fish oil is utilized during many medical procedures, allowing the body to more easily adapt to new implants/cardiac procedures. So yes, fish oil is a fantastic healthy fat that you should be including in your daily diet. Real fish that is baked or grilled is better than frying or supplementation. Frying loses all of the nutritional benefits. Good food is always the best way to get your nutrients, but if you haven't had fish throughout the day, a couple fish oil pills won't hurt. So now, what should be cautious about when taking fish oil?
Taking more that 3000mg a day or 3g, may be detrimental to your health. Consulting a doctor and nutritionist should be your first route if you are decided to up your intake of fish oil. Those on blood thinners, blood pressure medications or have any pertinent medical histories should consult with their doctors prior to fish oil supplementation! Those under 150 lb should probably stick to no more than 2000mg a day.
Here are a couple of risk factors to be weary of, primarily based around taking too much (3000mg+)
Bottom line- take fish oil if you are able to. Your body cannot make these healthy omega-3's and America eats too many unhealthy fats as it is. Feel better, quicker and perform better.
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