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Is There Fish Odor After Taking Omega-3?

08/29/2003

Question:

My eye doctor wants me to start taking Omega 3 for a severe dry eye condition. I bought TheraTears which contains Omega 3 and flax seed. The capsules have a very strong fish odor. After taking these for a while, am I going to have a fish odor, too?

Answer:

This question has been forwarded by Diet & Nutrition: Many people find that if they take Omega-3, derived from fish,  they burp a fishy odor frequently. I don`t think that your entire body will smell like fish. Flax seed as the sole source of Omega-3`s doesn't seem to do that. 

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Response by:

Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd
Formerly, Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University