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Are there any risks in taking omega-3 fatty acids?

Dr. Mike Dow, PsyD
Addiction Medicine

You really can't get enough omega-3 fatty acids; but depending on where you get it from, mercury can be an issue. Watch as psychotherapist Mike Dow, PsyD, explains this risk and how you can safely get your daily dose of these important nutrients.


Yes. In a 2002 study conducted by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, some individuals showed an increased risk of bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke, after taking omega-3 supplements. It is advised that any persons that have a tendency to bruise easily, people taking blood thinners, or anyone having a disorder that involves bleeding, need to speak with a doctor prior to taking any supplements. In addition, any diet high in fat increases a person's risk factor for health problems. This includes diets with a high intake of polyunsaturated fats, too, which can increase the risk for certain types of cancer. Fats are an essential part of our diet but need to be ingested in moderation.

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