Benefits of Fish Oil – RGH E-Bulletin


The health benefits of fish oil have been extensively studied since it was first hypothesised that the lower rates of heart disease found in Greenland Eskimos was associated with their consumption of omega-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish. The n-3 fats found in fish include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The claimed health benefits of fish oil are too numerous to fully cover here, and many are yet to be supported by clear evidence at this stage. However there are some benefits of fish oil that have strong evidence and are now well recognised

Download the E-Bulletin below to see the evidence for the use of Fish Oil in various disease states.

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A joint initiative of the Patient Services Section and the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service of the Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia. The RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin is distributed in electronic format on a weekly basis, and aims to present concise, factual information on issues of current interest in therapeutics, drug safety and cost-effective use of medications.
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Chris Alderman, University of South Australia – Director of Pharmacy, RGH © Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia 5041.

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  3. Robbo, I have switched from fish oil to flax seed oil. I have done this for two reasons:
    1. I am basically vegetarian and the thought that fish oil is probably obtained from the scrapings off the decks of trawlers (how do we know what happens to our food these days?) turned me off.
    2. Quite often I would be left with an awful fishy taste.

    So I decided to look for a vegetarian option and found flax seed. I do eat some fish because I find that I need it for my hair. I’m an older woman and a year or two ago I had some severe hair problems but I kept up a fair amount of seafood in my diet and added some zinc. I eat fresh seafood sparingly – because I try to avoid farmed seafood and so much of our seafood is unsustainable.

    So just wondered if you had anything relating to flaxseed oil. Does it compare favourably with fish oil? And so on.

    Thanks for the info and your blog continues to be great.

    Blessings and bliss

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