Hello all. A few months ago I mega-dosed on fish oil (7g a day). After 4-5 days I suddenly got the 'flu' or at least flu like symptoms with brain fog, heavy depression and so forth. It lasted for a whole two weeks and finally went away when I stopped taking fish oil for a few days and took 30g of vitamin c.
A week later I started back on the fish oil and the 'flu' came back. I cut it down to a reasonable dose and it went away.
Do I have chronic low level inflammation? Is this what it is?
After my 'flu' most my symptoms improved and I was able to function better at work than I did before the flu. I've had IBS, CFS, acne and atypical depression in the past and low carb paleo manages all these conditions. But if I eat any junk/SAD food my atypical depression comes back. I occasional get very light flu symptoms after taking my modest supplements, just added vitamin D3 (10kIUs) and this seems to do it. I am (very slowly) getting better though.
Was my body detoxing? Or did I suppress my immune system so much I saw the real me? :(
asked byRowan (163)
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on July 11, 2012
at 02:47 PM
First off, 7g of fish oil is not much at all. I am guessing that deep down the fish oil and your symptoms are unrelated, unless you had oil that had gotten rancid, which is easy to happen to any pufa given their chemical structure. If the oil is bad, then your body will just burn excess for energy, but like I said 7g is not much. More than that is prescribed to people as a natural blood thinner, or in bi-polar people to help with stabilization. Go eat a large piece of salmon and you will have consumed far greater than 7g of Omega-3.
on July 11, 2012
at 10:28 AM
I can't comment on your situation specifically. But generally speaking taking too many antioxidants can be harmful. The view that inflammation = bad and antioxidants = good is too simplistic. Inflammation is vital for immune response and sirvival. What matters is that it's kept under control. So I wouldn't go overboard with any antioxidant supplements.
Furthermore several studies have now shown possible harm from antioxidant supplements. A massive study showed increased stroke (if I remember correctly) from supplementing with vitamin E and selenium. I also remember another study that showed that antioxidant supplements negate anti-inflammatory effect of exercise.
So all good things in moderation :)