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Side Effects and Possible Risks of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s appear to be safe for most adults at low to moderate doses. Some safety questions have been raised about fish oil supplements because certain species of fish can be contaminated with substances from the environment, like:
  • Mercury
  • PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
  • Pesticides.
Fish oil is on the list of food substances that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers "generally recognized as safe." How well a product is prepared is another factor for consumers to consider.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take fish oil supplements. Fish oil in high doses can possibly interact with, and affect the action of, certain medications, including blood-thinning drugs and drugs for high blood pressure.
Potential side effects of fish oil include:
  • Belching
  • Stomach disturbances
  • Nausea
  • A fishy aftertaste.


The benefit of added chromium as an alternative diabetes treatment has been studied and debated for years. Several studies report that chromium supplementation may improve diabetes control. Chromium is needed to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin improve its action. Currently, there is insufficient information on the use of chromium in the treatment of diabetes, so no recommendations for diabetes supplementation yet exist.
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