What is Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Krill Oil Dr. Mercola Krill Oil Triple omega 3 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
General health 40 11
Hypertriglyceridemia 26 9
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 0
Depressed mood 3 1
Support brain health 3 2

Show all 40 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
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 4
None 29

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

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

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Dosage Patients
daily 4
500 mg daily 3
1,000 mg daily 2
1,000 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) every 3 months 1
3 cap(s) daily 1
4 g daily 1
450 mg twice daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
1,200 mg daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 12
Other 7
Expense 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 3
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 26 patients who've stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration

Currently taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 9

Stopped taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 5
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 10
Not specified 19
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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 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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