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Fish Oil Side Effects - Are There Any, and If So, How Can One Minimize Them Or Even Avoid Them?

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

There are literally hundreds of health benefits to be had from taking fish oil supplements. Of course many of the claims one comes across are grossly exaggerated, and quite often altogether false, but at the end of the day, one simply cannot argue the fact that fish oil is good for your health, since it's the best known source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

With so many reported benefits regarding fish oil supplements, surely there must also be a few possible side effects? Many people don't think so, but in truth, there are a few. So, what are the most common fish oil side effects, and can they be avoided?

Heavy Metal Poisoning - Heavy metal poisoning is definitely the most serious of all known side effects. In fact, I would even go as far as saying it's the only one a person really needs to think about. Traces of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic in the world's oceans are increasing all the time and these contaminants are now regularly found in the flesh of fish. Dioxins are another serious reason for concern, and they too are being found in the flesh of fish. Heavy metals, along with dioxins, are ingested when the fish eat contaminated food, and they're also absorbed from water passing through the gills. Unfortunately, most living creatures have difficulty flushing these toxins out, which means they slowly but surely accumulate, particularly in the fatty tissue of both mammals and fish. Alarmingly, all heavy metals are toxic, and so are dioxins.

Fortunately, the risk of heavy metal poisoning can be significantly reduced, or even eliminated altogether simply by making sure you only buy premium quality fish oil supplements. Reputable manufacturers will only use fish oil derived from fish caught in seas where heavy metal contamination is minimal, whereas many manufacturers will use whatever oil is the cheapest, irrespective of where it originates from.

Diarrhea - While this is certainly very rare, some people have reported bouts of diarrhea. In most cases, this happened when they first started taking their supplement, which in turn would suggest their bodies were simply adjusting to the sudden increase in Omega-3 fatty acids. However, if diarrhea continues for more than a day or two, it's probably due to the supplements being poor quality. Generally speaking, good quality supplements shouldn't cause any adverse effects.

Drug Reactions - As with all dietary supplements, you should speak to your doctor before you start taking fish oil supplements if you're currently taking other medication, and especially if you take medication that's designed to thin your blood. For the most part, fish oil supplements can be taken alongside any type of medication, but then again, it's always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Providing you don't suffer from a fish or seafood allergy, you really should have nothing to worry about. Some people have also reported things like itchiness, but for the most part, the fish oil side effects mentioned above are the only ones worth mentioning.

Omega 3 fish oil side effects - Combat it coupled with 100% natural dietary supplements could deliver you the extra vigor you desire to experience a far healthier, substantially more vibrant way of life. Please visit my website at http://www.omega3fishoilsguide.com - By V K Rajagopalan

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