Patient discussion about FISH

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Q. Does fish-oil helps exercise induced asthma?

I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma a couple of year ago, and since then had better and worse times with my asthma, although the treatment I get. I read in a newspaper that fish oil can help exercise induced asthma- is that true? Do I have to eat fish-oil specifically or can I eat fish instead (I really, really, hate fish-oil…)?
A1I take 6, 1000mg softgels/day. It helps my asthma, arthritis and has lowered my closterol. Started with 10 and worked down to 6, which seems to work best, though sometimes I need the extra.
A2No one really proved that omega-3 actually helps asthma, although some doctors say it is. If I was in your situation, I’d just give it a try and see if it helps me (just ask your doctor before if omega 3 wouldn’t interfere with your other medications). Just remember that it’s not a magic, so don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t produce miracles on your asthma. Good luck!
A3It’s not the fish oil but the omega-3 fatty acids inside eat that suppose to help the asthma. You can get omega 3 from many sources, including fish and special tablets.

Q. Can omega-3 make my cholesterol lower?

My doctor told me that I have too much cholesterol in my blood, and that it can cause heart attack or stroke, but if I keep it low than my risk will be lower. He told me that because it’s not that high level I can try to change my diet before I have to start taking medication. I heard that omega-3 can make my cholesterol level low. Is that true? Do I have to take it in pills? Is it safe?
A1You can consume omega-3 either as pills or in fish oil, fatty fish (such as salmon) and vegetarian food such as flaxseed and flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and nuts.
A2Omega-3 is generally safe, although in high doses it can cause nausea, belching, diarrhea, fishy aftertaste etc.
A3No one ever proved omega-3 can make your cholesterol level lower, but in some researches it made people have fewer strokes and sudden death.
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