Although more research is needed to determine effectiveness, fish oil has also been studied in the treatment of the following psychiatric disorders:
Although fish oil can’t prevent a heart attack or stroke, it is study-proven to reduce some of the risk factors associated with both of these conditions, including:
Although fish oil is readily available at health foods and pharmacies, it is important to speak to your doctor before starting to take them. When purchasing a fish oil supplement, the best way to tell if a product is reputable is to read the label. Avoid any products that claim to “cure depression” or “reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Nancy Schimelpfening, MS is the administrator for the non-profit depression support group Depression Sanctuary. Nancy has a lifetime of experience with depression, experiencing firsthand how devastating this illness can be.
Carly Snyder, MD is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments.
Another way to tell high-quality fish oil is by its smell and taste. Fish oil should not smell or taste “fishy.” If it does, this indicates that the fish oil is starting to degrade and is becoming rancid. A strong smell may also be a sign that artificial flavors were added to the product.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, fish oil can also be used for:
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Uses & Effectiveness
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Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
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