Anyone tried Omega 3 fish capsules for healing inflammation for GERD?

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Nickles
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   Posted 6/1/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone currently taking omega 3 fish pills for inflammation. If so what brand, how many and your results?

I am planning on taking them. Any advice? Thanks. I've read that it helps with inflammation.

Chuck T
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   Posted 6/1/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes take them. Not sure how much it helps, but it def doesn't hurt.
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 6/1/2012 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take the NOW brand "ultra-omega 3" (500EPA/250DHA), and take what I have read as beneficial against esophageal cancer. I chose it in terms of EPA and DHA content.

I take 2 in the morning and 1 in the evening. I don't trust just one study or necessarily a number of studies for that matter, but given that fish oil does many positive things I decided that I might as well take it (as one of the few supplements that I believe in).

Here is the study I saw.

Fish oils may help prevent esophageal cancer
NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM. Cancer of the esophagus has a poor prognosis and is increasing in frequency. Esophageal cancer is usually preceded by a condition called Barrett's esophagus (BE) in which the normal squamous (scale-like) epithelium in the lower esophagus is replaced with columnar epithelium. about 5% of patients with BE progress to esophageal cancer. BE, in turn, is linked to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with from 10-20% of GERD patients progressing to BE.

Research has shown that colon cancer is associated with an increased expression of the COX-2 enzyme in the colon and that fish oil can reduce both the COX-2 level and the risk of colon cancer. There is also evidence that the COX-2 enzyme is upregulated in Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. British researchers therefore reasoned that fish oil supplementation might also be beneficial in BE and thus, indirectly, lower the risk of esophageal cancer.

Their clinical trial involved 46 patients with previously diagnosed BE. Twenty-seven of them were assigned to receive 3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) capsules daily providing a total EPA intake of 1.5 grams a day with the remaining 19 patients serving as controls. Before the start of supplementation and at the end of the 6-month trial period, all participants underwent endoscopy during which appropriate biopsy samples were obtained. Analysis of the samples showed a significantly increased concentration of EPA and a significantly decreased level of COX-2 proteins in BE tissue in the supplement group, but not in the control group.

The researchers conclude that regular supplementation with relatively small doses of EPA results in significant incorporation of metabolically active long-chain amoega-3 fatty acids into BE tissue and a concomitant, beneficial decrease in COX-2.
Mehta, SP, et al. Effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on Barrett's epithelium in the human lower esophagus. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 87, 2008, pp. 949-56

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   Posted 6/1/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. I used to take them but stopped due to me being scared it would irritate my stomach after a difficult bought of GERD. I think I will resume again.
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

Nickles
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   Posted 6/2/2012 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I just started takin them today.


Thanks for the study ARM, very interesting.

Anyone know how to get rid of the fishy smell. I can take them, but now my place smells like fish when ppl come over.

If anyone else is taking omega 3 fish capsules, share your experience and opinion. Thanks :)
Diagnosed with GERD/IBS in 2007. However, my symptoms are most similar to LPR. I am still unsure of the IBS diagnosis.

Currently I am taking a natural approach to my symptoms since July 2011.

Nickles

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 6/2/2012 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Not saying you bought cheap ones Nickles, but I have heard that the higher quality ones smell/taste a LOT better. In my case the NOW ones don't taste or smell bad at all, but if I burp after taking it in the morning within that hour or so it does smell like fish...

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 6/3/2012 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.drsears.com/portals/6/documents/inflammation%20medical%20brochure.pdf

Nickels, you may be interested in the writings of Dr Sears. I remember looking into it last year but I didn't try it, partly because I seem to get flare ups with all supplements, whatever they are, and partly because I was using up a large supply of flaxseed oil, which I do tolerate. I'm now at the end of the flax and have some fish oil to try. If memory serves, Dr Sears uses very high doses in combination with some dietary manoeuvres. I got interested because I had two inflammatory processes going on - stomach and bladder - and of course the medics just see them as two unrelated problems, which I think is wrong.

Have you heard of him already?

MMM
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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 6/3/2012 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, so the diet aspect is a controlled intake of carbs and protein in order to stabilise insulin, which I think he suggests plays a role in inflammation. He developed something called the Zone Diet and there's a Wikipedia page on that. I'm not advocating anything, but thought you may be interested in what he says about fish oils.

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

trevgbb
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   Posted 6/3/2012 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have taken liquid cod liver oil for years and have no problems taking it neat, or any after taste.( I have more after taste with capsules!)
The benefits, if any, are subjective, but I have no major medical problems and even reflux symptoms are fairly mild when compared to many on here.

Post Edited (trevgbb) : 6/3/2012 8:19:26 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/3/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Omega-3 1000mg four times per day.  I use Nature Made (Burp-Less) purified to remove mercury. I actually take it for depression and heart health.  Does it work - well for me it feels like it does but it does not harm me and my Dr. said it was ok to take with my other meds.
 
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