The effects of fish oil in IgA Nephropathy have been proved to be so encouraging. Therefore, fish oil is always prescribed or recommended by doctors and pharmacists. Is 12g oil OK for IgA nephropathy patients?
Before you take fish oil you should know:
1. Fish oil is not the same as cod liver oil or halibut liver oil, which contains large amounts of vitamin A and is generally not recommended for kidney disease patients.
2. Fish oil is used to slow down the progression of IgA Nephropathy. The content of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can enhance patients’ immune system and prevent inflammation.
What’s more, fish oil can affect the production of eicosanoids, cytokines and thromboxane A2 which can cause glomerular injuries and damages and lead to the loss of kidney functions. As a result, fish oil is effective for treating IgA nephropathy.
Another effect of fish oil is to improve blood circulation. The two types of omega-3—EPA and DHA, are beneficial for boosting blood circulation, by reducing blood viscosity, maintaining blood vascular permeability and regulating blood pressure. Therefore, fish oil can help manage IgA Nephropathy symptoms such as high blood pressure and arthritis.
However, some patients have no response to it.
3. Clinical trials have shown that daily dosage of 6-12g is effective for IgA. 12g fish oil is the upper limit for IgA nephropathy patients. If taking fish oil with large amounts for a long term, the patients’ immune system may be suppressed and they are at a high risk of bleeding. Besides, fish oil may have interactions with some medicines, such as aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, and hypotensive drugs.
To sum up, fish oil indeed has some benefits for IgA nephropathy patients, but high dosage of it for a long term will in turn do harm on patients. 12g fish oil each day is the upper limit of the intake. As for your individual condition, you may have a different dosage. You can consult our experts online or leave a message below for suggestions. Our service is totally free.