Is it safe to take fish oils if allergic to shellfish?

Fish oil supplements are meant to deliver fatty acids, such as omega-3, for their claimed health benefits. Depending on how these fatty acids are separated out, there could be other fish proteins in the supplements. Allergies are usually in response to proteins, so caution should be used if you have a fish allergy. However, if you have an allergy strictly to shellfish and have no problems with fish, it is unlikely that the fish protein would cause an allergic reaction. If you are not sure whether you have a fish allergy in addition to shellfish allergy, you should be cautious about taking fish oil supplements.

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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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