According to Consumer Reports, fish oil is good for most individuals and are likely effective for treating certain conditions! The omega-3s found in fish oil supplements include EPA, DHA, and other polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These ingredients have been shown to be effective at treating high triglyceride levels and are “likely effective for decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and progression of the hardening of arteries in people with existing heart disease”. For these reasons, fish oil made it on Consumer Reports’ list as one supplement you should consider taking.
As with anything we put in our bodies, there are some potential side effects. These include “fishy aftertaste, upset stomach, nausea, and loose stools”, says Consumer Reports. However, many of these symptoms can be easily avoided and really aren’t anything to be concerned with. You can read more about fish oil side effects in one of my earlier posts. Consumer Reports also notes that fish oil “might increase the effect of blood-thinning drugs and high blood pressure medications”. So, if you’re taking one of these medications, you should talk with your doctor about choosing a fish oil dose that’s right for you.