What Are The Uses Of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)?
Eicosapentaenoic acid is a fatty acid present in the flesh of cold water fish. It is widely used as a supplement because of its various health benefits. It:
- Treats high blood pressure in high-risk pregnancy, heart disease, personality disorder, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), schizophrenia (abnormality in social behavior), Alzheimer’s diabetes, cystic fibrosis, depression, psoriasis, and attention deficit–hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD) in children, lung disease, and lupus.
- Improves healing of wounds after surgery
- Treats coronary artery disease (CAD).
- Relieves symptoms of menopause (hot flashes).
What Are The Side Effects Of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)?
Eicosapentaenoic is usually safe, but in some cases like an overdose may cause side effects such as:
- Fishy taste, nosebleed
- Heartburn, diarrhea
- Nausea, skin rash
- Itching, joint / muscle / back pain
Please consult a physician if the symptoms are persistent.
What Are The Contraindications Of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)?
Please inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Taking any high blood pressure or blood thinning medicines