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Can Omega 3 Cause Constipation?



Omega 3 can cause constipation.

More Info: In fact, one of the side effects of taking omega 3 supplements is diarrhea.

Omega 3 fatty acids are dietary micronutrients that are essential for the body to work properly. Most of the body’s omega 3 acids are obtained through the food that a person eats. Some people choose to supplement the amount of omega 3 fatty acids they consume. Products such as fish oil and flaxseed have high levels of omega 3.

Omega-3 Supplement Side Effects

There are some side effects to omega 3 fatty acids that can show up when someone takes an omega 3 supplement. The most common side effects are bruising, bleeding easily, nausea and diarrhea. People taking omega 3 supplements might also have dark, tarry stools. Another potential side effect is an increase in LDL, which is bad cholesterol. Side effects most commonly occur in higher doses of omega 3 supplements. You should inform your physician if you notice any of these symptoms while taking omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 Supplements Benefits

There are many benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. They are also an essential element in the growth and development of the brain in young children. The skin is another body system that can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids.



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