Symptoms of an Omega 3 Overdose

Omega 3, considered an essential fatty acid is unable to be produced by the body. It is found in fish, certain plants and nut oils. The are two categories of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The recommended intake, whether eaten or taken in a capsule form, varies depending on your need. An overdose can result in different side effects, ranging from mild to severe.

  1. Benefits

    • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for several normal body functions, including controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, according to Dr. Frank Sacks, a Harvard School of Public Health professor. These acids also are said to fight heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and depression.

    Recommended Dose

    • The American Heart Association recommends that patients without coronary heart disease (CHD) eat a variety of fish or foods and oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid at least twice a week. Patients with CHD should take about one gram of EPA and DHA per day; and patients who need to lower their triglycerides two to four grams of of EPA and DHA in the capsule form under a physician's care.

    Overdose Symptoms

    • The symptoms of an omega-3 overdose will vary depending on dosage and interaction with other medications, alcohol or illegal substances. The most common symptoms include upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain or bloating, and acid reflux, according to The Mayo Clinic. A severe omega-3 overdose can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain.


    • There is no recommended treatment for omega-3 overdose. Doctors will treat the symptoms of overdose, such as treatment to stop bleeding or upset stomach.


    • You should seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have suffered an omega-3 overdose. Patients taking more than three grams of omega-3 in capsule form should do so under a physician's care.
      Patients suffering from fish allergies and diabetes, or are at risk of bleeding, should not take omega-3 supplements.

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