Does fish oil really work?

Much research has been done on the variety of different uses for fish oil supplements. However, many studies yield conflicting results and many used short term or unclear research procedures. The National Institutes of Health has deemed that the strongest scientific evidence on fish oil indicates that it can best benefit people with high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease. Good scientific evidence on fish oil indicates that it may be beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis and people who are being taking cyclosporine to prevent organ transplant rejection. Although many other possible uses for fish oil have been speculated, there is insufficient or conflicting scientific evidence to support them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if fish oil supplements can benefit your specific condition.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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