Fish oil and your throat

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  1. zere0wn

    zere0wn Green Belt

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    Ok this is a pretty random question...has anyone had any experience with fish oil causing a sore throat? the last couple times i started taking it, seems like i got a sore throat, then i stopped...It's possible its something else but twice in a row made me think...Otherwise i eat pretty much the same, healthy. I had allergies as a kid..Going to go to the store now and get a different type of fish oil and try again...Hopefully that works because i can see a pretty big difference when i take fish oil.
     
  2. 888Shogun888

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    i think it is just a coincidence. Are you taking liquid or pills? either way I don't think either will give you a soar throat. If you have an allergy or reaction to them it would be more in your stomach rather than your throat.
     
  3. zere0wn

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    They are pills
     
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    drink a lot of liquid before, during and after you take them, it's probably the size of the pills that are irritating your throat
     
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    hmm, never heard that before
     
  6. upnorthmma

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    shouldn't cause a sore throat unless it is from what they make the capsle out of. Also make sure there is no dye in the ingredients- first clue they may not be a pure, clear fish
     
  7. SteMc

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    im sure this is happening to me aswell, maybe im just unlucky with sore throats? :S
     
  8. Sloan Skin

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    It's an allergic reaction.
    Even if you swallow the liquid fish oil pills, you would have some sort of side effect with Dermatitis afterwards.

    I know from experience, and that's why I stopped consuming the fish oil pills. I recommend taking Flax seed for your EFA instead of taking fish oil.
     
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    The ALA you get from Flax seed is converted to EPA/DHA in your body. The problem is that only about 5% of ALA converts to DHA and 15% converts to EPA.

    You need a massive amount of ALA to get the same benefits of taking fish oil.
     
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    I have not missed a dose of fish oil in two years. I think it may just be sore throat. If it continues I would go see a doctor to see if there is complication.
     
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    Allergies do not only manifest as "dermatitis", in fact mild larygeal edema or angioedema may be occurring here which can be a serious reaction. Your sore throat is probably a result of gastro-eso****eal reflux which is not just a heartburn sensation, but could present with a asore throat. The most common adverse events associated with fish oil take place in the GI tract. My only other thought is an irritating preservative is causing your symptoms (some formulas use lemon juice to neutralize the fish halitosis/odor) or just the size of the capsule -they usually are large- causing local irritation.

    Flax is not an ample substitute for EPA/DHA as previously mentioned. It has other benefits and should be consumed with fish oil (not in your case since you may have an allergy to the fish oil). Play it safe and purchase a vegetarian DHA - algae source. You are most definitely not allergic to the actual omega-3, but something in the particular formula that you have been ingesting. Hope this helps in some capacity. Good luck.
     
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    That helps a lot man, thanks for the replies, I'm gonna try a different fish oil soon as i get out then look for a good alternative if the reaction happens again
     
  13. Tasmanian Devil

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    I just started taking a new multi (Animal Pak) and was wondering whether the EFA compound, i.e. 200 mg Linoleic Acid and 100 mg Oleic Acid, is sufficient or whether I should separately supplement fish oil or something else? Any thoughts advice would be appreciated, thanks.
     
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    Linoleic Acid is an Omega-6, Oleic Acid is an Omega-9. I don't know the content of Animal Pak, but it sounds like you're not getting any Omega-3s (EPA/DHA/ALA).

    So you should definitely be supplementing with fish oil. Even if your multi did provide Omega-3, it wouldn't be in a sufficient amount where I would stop supplementing with fish oil.
     
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    Thanks for the response. Is there a fish oil supplement you recommend and/or what dose should I be looking for?
     
  16. SteMc

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    u might be right, im back to taking flax seed and the sore throat,,,,is gone, go figure
     
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    you don't have to supplement with fish oil... you just have to supplement with dha and ideally epa as well.

    if you can't take fish oil, dha extracted from algae is a great option.
     
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    I know it can make ur hair greasy, but as for throat ive never experienced that.
     
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    Never heard of fish oil causing throat pains.
     

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