3

votes

Fish Oil and Gut Flora

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM

What are the effects of fish oil on gut flora?

I took some wild salmon oil (pill form), and my bowel movement was an absolute disaster. Fasting and doing some bone broth + sweet potato + massive butter to get back on the train.

Effect of the oil, or gelatin from the pill? Didn't seem like any weird additives were present.

6b6c938c368e7a135e74c468c9ed1189

(633)

on April 11, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Aaah, you have found the dreaded paleo fat threshold. There is a point you may go eating fat, but MUST not go beyond. You have gone beyond. I wrecked myself once by eating too much coconut oil. Nothing wrong with fat, but too much and . . .

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 22, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Most fish oils I've seen are in the 30-40% omega-3 range. His is only on the slightly low side I think.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I'm pretty sure I don't have an allergy. But good advice for those with an allergy.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Yeah, while I was typing it out...it totally registered. Probably could get something of higher quality.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I have no idea. I never liked the idea of popping pills. I'm pretty good with my diet and food quality, so I can probably ditch the fish oil. The diarrhea may have been caused by me overdoing it on the fat.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I use Quantum cod liver oil and have never had a problem. I keep it in the fridge.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Knarf, I'm sorry you had such a reaction. Was the oil only salmon oil, or was there a carrier oil? Was the oil rancid?

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:58 PM

2g sorry.......

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Those are extremely low levels of DHA and EPA for 2mg of total oil, I'd look for another brand to save money if anything, you're getting robbed.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on February 22, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Yeah, I have zero problems with fish oil. Can't see how it can damage gut flora...

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 04:37 AM

I took two of the gel caps (brand and info is in the above comment.) I've taken kirkland before with no problems...gone off it, since I tried a no-supplements phase, which was nice, but it seems my sleep and bowel movements just got weird...I can't pinpoint the reason why.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 04:35 AM

The brand is Pure alaska Omega, ingredients 100% fish oil from wild alaskan salmon, d-alpha tocopherol softgel is made of gelatin, glycerin, water. says its cold pressed, extra-virgin, mercury free. 2 softgels contains 2 g total, 220 mg DHA, 180 mg EPA and 600 mg total omega fatty acids...which doesn't account for that last 1 g...funny.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:07 AM

sounds more like a functional issue than gut flora related

  • Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

    asked by

    (3700)
  • Views
    2.2K
  • Last Activity
    1285D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers

best answer

1
7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

(610)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:50 AM

I cannot stand much oil either, or butter for that matter, if it's not consumed with lots of other stuff. Especially eating some 'hard' food before I eat oils, and drown it with at least a normal glass of liquids. Although I have to take 3 1000mg (standard size) pills before my tummy starts to protest, with only 1 it's not very happy but not sad either.

How much did you take?

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 04:37 AM

I took two of the gel caps (brand and info is in the above comment.) I've taken kirkland before with no problems...gone off it, since I tried a no-supplements phase, which was nice, but it seems my sleep and bowel movements just got weird...I can't pinpoint the reason why.

1
Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on February 22, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Describe disaster. If we can't talk about poop, we can't talk about shit. (See what I did thar?)

When I first started taking fish oil I had a little diarrhea that went away with continued use. I highly doubt gelatin caused bowel problems, any other ingredients?

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 04:35 AM

The brand is Pure alaska Omega, ingredients 100% fish oil from wild alaskan salmon, d-alpha tocopherol softgel is made of gelatin, glycerin, water. says its cold pressed, extra-virgin, mercury free. 2 softgels contains 2 g total, 220 mg DHA, 180 mg EPA and 600 mg total omega fatty acids...which doesn't account for that last 1 g...funny.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 22, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Most fish oils I've seen are in the 30-40% omega-3 range. His is only on the slightly low side I think.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Yeah, while I was typing it out...it totally registered. Probably could get something of higher quality.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Those are extremely low levels of DHA and EPA for 2mg of total oil, I'd look for another brand to save money if anything, you're getting robbed.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:58 PM

2g sorry.......

0
7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

(610)

on February 22, 2012
at 10:36 AM

You might wanna try the following:

  • eat it only during meals

If that does not help, there is a chance you are allergic to fish or on of the other ingrediënts. If you are allergic to fish:

  • try a pure vegetable omega 3 oil. It will (probably) also have a different shell, because gelatin is an animal product, and the vegetable omega 3 is mostly consumed by vegetarians.

That should eliminate the last part of a possible allergy.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 22, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I'm pretty sure I don't have an allergy. But good advice for those with an allergy.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!