Why should I take fish oil supplements if I have multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Taking a reasonable dose of fish oil, which contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is probably safe if you have multiple sclerosis (MS), and it may help. Several studies have examined the effect of the nutrient. In one large trial, the disease progressed more slowly in people who took fish oil than in those who got a dummy pill. People in the fish-oil group had fewer relapses as well.

Salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich sources of omega-3 fats, though fish oil supplements provide the greatest concentrations of these fats. Up to 3 grams of fish oil a day is considered safe. But never substitute the supplement for medical treatment.
Due to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, cod liver oil is a popular dietary supplement for multiple sclerosis (MS). Fish and other fish oils are also rich sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are known as 'good fats'. EFAs build nervous system tissue and facilitate the transmission of nerve impulses. EFAs fall into two major categories: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Research has shown that these essential fatty acids block the action of enzymes that cause inflammation and joint pain.

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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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