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Does Omega-3 Work?

Is Omega-3 Beneficial in Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Childhood?

Early evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or other developmental problems, although you should not give a child an omega-3 supplement without the approval of the child's healthcare provider.
 
Early studies suggest that fish oil, which contains DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids, may decrease the risk of recurrent miscarriages in women with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Also, omega-3 fatty acids (particularly DHA) may be important for brain and eye development when taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding or when given in infant formula. However, keep in mind that some fish (and some omega-3 supplements made from fish) may contain heavy metals and other toxins that are especially dangerous for pregnant women. Do not take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement during pregnancy without checking with your healthcare provider, who can direct you to a supplement that is safe for pregnant women (see Pregnancy and Omega-3 for more information).
 

Does Omega-3 Work for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The evidence to suggest that omega-3 is effective for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is growing but is not yet considered to be completely conclusive. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, such as morning stiffness and joint pain or tenderness. Studies also suggest that people who take omega-3 may be able to reduce their use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
 
Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation seems like a promising natural (and inexpensive) treatment for RA, but more research is necessary to see how exactly it fits in with other treatments and how it should best be used.
 
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