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Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutritional components that play an important role in normal growth and development. They are primarily found in fish, but are now available as supplements for those who cannot obtain enough through food. Omega-3 fatty acids may lower triglycerides, prevent blood clots, and reduce blood pressure. Potential side effects include easy bruising or bleeding, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- A fishy aftertaste or bad breath (with fish oil supplements)
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Gas and bloating (with flaxseed).