What is Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Krill Oil Triple omega 3 Dr. Mercola Krill Oil Show all

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Essential fatty acids like those found in fish oil, flaxseed and walnuts may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products are also protective.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia) 70 8
General health 53 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 5 0
Support brain health 4 2
Depressed mood 3 1

Show all 47 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 4
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Side effect Patients Percentage
Abnormal urine smell 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Diarrhea 1
Fish taste burps 1
Muscle and joint pain 1
Nausea 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 3
300 mg twice daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
1200 mg daily 1
1800 mg daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1
1,000 mg three times daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 12
Expense 7
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 3
Doctor's advice 2
See all 28 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 20
Usually 7
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 13
Not specified 22
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5 patient evaluations for Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jul 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Could not tell any difference from cheaper fish oil.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2015 (Started Mar 12, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 3, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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