Thursday, October 4, 2012


The Fish Oil Pill Necklace

Getting enough omega-3 fatty acid to change the balance of oils in your system may help preserve the length of your telomeres, with the potential to reduce the risk of age-related diseases.

Not only are fish oil pills beautiful, they "may actually affect aging."

(Previously: the case for cod liver oil.)

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Fish oil also helps your body recover from exercise-related soreness. I take like 3000mg a day.

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@ImASadGiraffe Really? That's great to know. Does it help muscles repair themselves or is it just for soreness in general? The reason I ask is because I've got chronic muscle tension in my neck and shoulders and my muscles ALWAYS hurt. Not the same thing as exercise-related soreness.


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) They've always recommended it for CrossFitters b/c our workouts are intense, but here's a study I found with NIH related to musculoskelatal pain and arthritis:

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@ImASadGiraffe Awesome, I'm on the road to arthritis too, so I'll give it a try. Thanks!

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@sox Your comment about magnesium isn't showing up for some reason, but I will definitely give that a try for neck tension! I have a lot of trouble sleeping, too.


Ahhhahahahaha very good !@l


And for those of us who are iffy on fish oil for various reasons, flax see oil. Less pretty, but less fishery management worrisome.


@LacunaKale Thanks for this! I was just coming here to say that!

As to the prettiness: my mother used to have those Vitamin E gelcaps when I was a kid, and if we got a wound she would let us pop them to put on it to help it heal. I only got to do it a couple times but always wanted to be able to do it more because I loved to squish them.


@SarahP Elizabeth Wurtzel writes about doing that when she'd cut herself, in Prozac Nation. I always thought it sounded cool but I never really knew what Vitamin E gelcaps were. When I was in Germany I bought the fish oil Omega-3 pills that also had Vitamin E but now I just have Whole Foods brand which, I think, doesn't.


@SarahP YES. My mom had them too, & I would always squish them absent-mindedly until one day, I squished too hard & it popped.(It was great. So great.)


@SarahP my mom did the same thing!


The ones from Target taste yummy!

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Yay, I already take these every day. I'm doing something right for a change!


I felt like I sort of emitted a...well, for lack of better word, a smell from fish oil pills. Anyone else?

My old doc used to recommend them for depression but now I'm reading things saying that they actually make depression worse?

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@parallel-lines I've never noticed a smell, and I'm pretty sensitive to that sort of thing. Maybe it depends on your body chemistry.

I take fish oil every day and I'm prone to depression, so I'll definitely look into that. Sigh.


@parallel-lines Depends on the quality of fish oil I think, in terms of the smell. Mine is super distilled and the only (very slight) aftertaste I get is lemon-flavored.

I also have a history of depression and I didn't find any change in my moods when I started.


@parallel-lines Try the kind that has a thicker coating on each pill-- enteric coated, I think? Or krill oil. I haven't had any problems with those.


They make me burp fish for a couple of hours though (I take them anyway).

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@Megano! Yeah, I hate that part. :(

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@Megano! Take it right before bed? Then sleep through your burps :)


@Megano! The brand I take (PurePharma O3) does not have fish burps. If I do burp (rarely), it is lemony, as if I ate some gummy bears. Quite pleasant, actually.


Try Krill oil! They come in smaller capsules and therefore, I don't have to freeze them like I did with regular fish oil to avoid fish burps and general gross feelings.


@acanthe I second the krill oil. Fish oil gave me upsets in my tummy.


When do people take them? I have heard that it's best not to take any supplement before or with caffeine. And with food. For me, it's become a delicate dance of timing, food, and beverage. Plus, I'm always scared that I'm doing it wrong and not actually absorbing the nutrient. Agh.


@hpru I keep them in my desk and take them right as I sit down to work.


@hpru I take mine first thing in the morning (so before caffeine, but not really on purpose).


I take these EXACT PILLS in the photo! They glow!

When I refill my pill box, I pour a whole bunch into my hand and pretend I'm that dude from James and the Giant Peach selling the magical crocodile tongues to a child. EVERY TIME.


Unless you're me, in which case they will cause massive cyst-zits to torment you along your jaw, tits, and bra-line.

Stupid fish with their omega-ness.


I'm allergic to fish so I've done some research and apparently algae is the way to go. It's got a better ratio of the good stuff compared to flaxseed/linseed which has to converted by your body.


I don’t suppose I have read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject degree in sports psychology


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