I have taken these everyday for a few months now. I take them for health reasons, because the Omega 3's are good for the bod, and I don't eat enough fish to get them. After reading the reviews here for fish oil, I couldn't help but laugh. Taking any pill can cause a placebo effect, and takers can blame/notice all sorts of things because of the pill, when in all reality, the conditions people are describing can be caused by HUNDREDS of variables. It would take nothing short of a scientific study to prove that taking fish oil supplements does indeed cause better skin, or faster growing nails/hair, or uplift one's mood, or lessen menstrual cramps or the plethora of other benefits that people have been describing. Other products one may be using, diet, medical conditions, activity, the weather/humidity, and allergies can cause many of the "symptoms" that people describe from using fish oil....or ANY product. Some people say that taking it "smooths frizz" and tames wild hair...but unfortunately, this is not possible, unless you have been taking fish oil for about three years, and have given your hair the chance to completely grow from roots to tip with the influence of fish oil. Hair that has already passed one's follicles cannot be influenced by further dietary adjustments...only at the root where it is currently growing can it be made to look healthier by means of supplements. Hair is not made of living cells, and nothing can change its appearance other than topical products. The thing is, a lot of medicine "works" because people want it to, and the placebo effect is very common and very commonly seen in studies. Since I've taken these pills, I've noticed nothing about my outward appearance that I'd be willing to attribute to taking them. Afterall, I use so many facial products, and those change every few months to boot, and my diet fluctuates, and it's summer, with changing levels of humidity...these things are more apt to affect the way your skin, hair, and nails appear. However, I hope my insides are a bit healthier from taking these. I don't know. So as to the copious claims I've seen about these pills, take it with a grain of salt. If you think they're going to work and do miraculous things for you, then chances are, you're going to "see" all sorts of benefits. Taking them most likely won't hurt you, unless you have an allergic reaction. I apologize if I've offended the "fish oil" fans out there, I'm simply trying to be objective.
I take either an Omega 3 fish oil, or plant oil blend (which contains fatty acids that convert to omega 3), I used to have dry skin on the body - borderline dermatitis like, and chronic peeling lips. After supplementing for several months, the most significant difference was the end of the peeling lips, and the skin on my body does not dry out as much. If your body has been deprived of omega 3 then its true effects will not show on the skin, omega3 will be used internally to repair or heal other organs and to enhance other bodily processes.
I do think it is best to take enteric coated capsules for fish oil, as it has to be assimilated in the intestines. But as for plant oils it is best to take them sublingually - if you can tolerate it!
Modern diets do not contain many omega 3s or GLAs, ALAs etc, there is a lot of omega 6-9 from eating dairy, egg, meat products so it is not necessary to supplement a 3-6-9 blend. Omega 3s are delicate and cooking and processing destroys most of these fatty acids, so definitely supplement if you want to optimise skin regeneration. continued >>
I have been taking Omega 3 capsules, Walgreen brand for almost three years now. I have to say it has helped with my skin, my skin looks really good. Other than that, I haven't noticed any other benefits, I take it mostly for heart health benefits. I take two tablets two times a day.
After hearing so much about the health benefits of Omega 3 and how it's supposed to also make your skin and nails better I purchased a bottle of the oil which tastes like lemon and thyme and DOES NOT give me any fish belches. I wasn't going to stand for that side effect. If you pay enough for the the product you can avoid this.
So only two weeks into taking a teaspoon a day (which is a whopping 40 calories that I don't need), I'm thinking, "yah, whatever, another waste of 26 dollars....I better finish this stuff". Well, in the next few days I noticed that my EXTREMELY dry eyes are actually comfortable. It's amazing not living with the constant irritation, scratchiness, and redness. I've tried all the lubricants and gels and had punctal plugs put in to keep moisture in my eyes. Nothing has worked as well as this. The whites of my eyes are way clearer. They're not permanently irritated anymore! That means EMU looks better!! Drinking all the water in the world has never done what this teaspoon of oil has. I don't like taking it and I don't like the calories but geez, my eyes look and feel soooooooo much better.
It's worth a try.....and you never know what benefits you may experience.
I didn't notice anything drastically different about my skin after taking the fish oil, but I did find that my hair was a lot smoother and manageable. It's pretty humid where I live, so my hair can get pretty frizzy, but it just tamed out totally.
Also, I have dry-combination skin, and I tend to peel a lot around the cheeks and mouth area but I still have an oily T-zone, but after taking the supplements regularly for about 2 weeks, my skin completely normalised. It didn't clear my acne though, but I'm still pretty happy with the results. :)
And also, it didn't do anything for my nails, but that's fine by me. :D
I've only been taking these for 3 days, but it has dried out my skin beyond recognition. Normally I have clear skin but since taking these painful, cystic pimples started forming on my cheeks and mouth area. Not only that but I've been getting these itchy rashes nearly everywhere on my body and there are dry flaking (painful when touched) patches on my face. From the look of some of these reviews these symptoms don't seem uncommon. Going to stop taking them and see what happens.
I take one of these pills each morning, and it strongly effects the rest of my day. I feel uplifted, and don't seem to get as irritable for small dilemmas. My skin is a bit better, but where ive noticed the most difference is in my hair, the oil has eliminated some split ends and those little dry dots. My nail beds are stronger, and my periods go by like any regular day. NOOO cramps as well, none. With all of this said, I am a strong believer in this product, every one should be taking these!
I took Fish Oil for about a year until I discovered Krill Oil! I switched because I hadn't noticed any difference in my overall health that fish oil claims to boost. Ive switched to Krill Oil (NKO is the brand..500 mg) and only been on it for a little over a month and I can definitely tell a difference! Usually my premenstrual mood swings are out of control but I breezed through my last period with no problems at all; I couldnt believe how fast it worked. This supposedly is because the structure of the EPA and DHA in krill oil makes them much more absorbable and allows for a much easier entrance into the mitochondria and the cellular nucleus.
Many studies Ive read have stated that krill oil is 48% more potent overall compared to fish oil. Ive also read that it provides excellent protection against ultravoilet light and UV-induced skin damage! What girl wouldnt want that?! In addition its supposed to lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and also reduce the aches and pains associated with arthritis or general body aches. However, Im in my early 20's so have yet to have to deal with that so I cant vouch for that area.
Overall I will say krill oil has made a great improvement on my skin, reduced my stress levels associated with PMS. Its only been a little over a month but I def plan on taking them for the long run.
I have been taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements for over ten years particularly those highest in the DHA component. It has proved very beneficial for my scalp, skin, PMS and overall mood. I notice myself getting irritable when I have run out of these and haven't taken them for a week or so. They do work wonders to modulate your moods especially PMS.Another good reason to take them and to eat a diet high in Omega 3's is there is medical evidence it can ward off and delay Alzheimers and dementia. Your brain needs the DHA found in fish oil to function at its best, particularly as you age. The only thing it hasn't proved helpful for on its own is modifying my cholesterol numbers.
I have mixed feelings about this product. When I first started taking these the bottle said daily dosage of 2 capsules. I found that this made my skin too oily so I just took one. Fort the first six months of taking the fish oil my skin looked amazing, it was clear and shiny and it finally got "used to" the oil. Anyway after a few months I guess my body stop reacting to the supplements and my skin started breaking out again. Not sure if this correlates with the omega 3's but I assumed it had an effect on me in the beginning because it did clear up my skin.
I haven't seen any improvements in hair, eyesight, etc.