Fish Oil Side Effects

Fish oil is a form of Omega 3 fatty acids that are derived from tissues. Although fish oil is considered to be a great product for healthy life, there are certain side-effects associated with it.

Side-effects of fish oil:

  • The side-effects prolonged if one consumes high dosage of supplements containing vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. It can lead to causing vitamin poisoning in the body, which can further result in producing toxic symptoms. To avoid this condition, it is advised to take fish body oil instead of fish liver oil.
  • Vitamin poisoning is also caused due to intake of fish supplements containing high amount of vitamin E in it. Usually, Vitamin E is given in high dosage to metabolize omega-3 fatty acids, but its regular use is harmful for the body.
  • Fish can cause heavy metal poisoning in the body because sometimes it contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, nickel, arsenic and cadmium and contaminants like PCB's, furans, dioxins, present in the fish. Fishes, such as Largemouth Bass, Sturgeon, and others such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, and Tilefish are considered as major sources of heavy metals and contaminants. So it is advised to avoid eating these fishes to get rid of their bad effects.
  • One common side-effect of fish oil supplements is stomach upset. It is caused due to high intake of fish containing pollutant and heavy metals.
  • If taken in high amount, omega-3 can increase the risk of bleeding from nose or through urine. The condition can further lead to causing strokes, which is very dangerous for life. The frequency and amount of bleeding will increase as soon as the platelet aggregation is depleted by fish oil present in the body.
  • Very common side-effects of fish oil are increased burping, burning sensation, acidity, abdominal bloating, and indigestion. These gastrointestinal side-effects will go away gradually after decreasing the consumption of fish supplements.
  • A side-effect faced by many fish-supplements consumers is feeling fishy after tasting it.
  • People having low blood pressure should avoid intake of high dosage of fish supplements because fish supplements have tendency of reducing the blood pressure in the body. An appropriate amount of fish supplements should be prescribed to people facing this condition.
  • In addition, high intake of fish supplements can increase the level of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein to some extend (nearly 5% to 10%). The high fish supplements intake might effects the glucose level in the body.

To avoid the side-effects of fish oil, one should follow the tips given below:

  • Always take supplements that are manufactured under the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance.
  • Supplements having high potency of DHA are best suited for the body.
  • Fish oil in ester form has good bioavailability. It helps in easy absorbing of essential nutrient in the body.
  • Notice properly that the fish oil you are taking does not contain any contaminant in it.