Many people are aware of the importance of a proper balance of omega-3 fatty acids. With our modern diets, we often consume a greater amount of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats and few people consume enough foods containing omega-3 fatty acids in their daily diet to obtain the proper balance.
For this reason, there are many types of supplements your doctor may recommend. It is important to speak with your doctor about the proper balance based on your overall health as well as any medications you may be taking.
Health Conditions That May Improve With Omega-3 Balance
Several health conditions may improve with a proper omega-6 / omega-3 balance. These conditions include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic inflammatory diseases
- Autoimmune disorders
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you may see a decrease in symptoms by adding an omega-3 supplement to your daily routine (always check with your doctor first before adding any supplement to your routine).
Medication Interactions Of Omega-3
While adding an omega-3 supplement may help with certain medical conditions, two medications may react negatively with an increase in omega-3. These medications include blood thinners and blood sugar lowering medications. This is because omega-3 fatty acids naturally increase cardiovascular function and may raise your blood sugar. If you are taking blood thinners or medications to control high blood sugar, check with your doctor first before taking an omega-3 supplement.
On the other hand, many side effects caused by medications may be helped by increasing your omega-3 levels. Adding this fatty acid while taking medications such as cyclosporine may reduce the toxic side effects the medication may cause. You should also add this supplement to your diet while using topical steroids to treat conditions such as psoriasis. Many people use omega-3 supplements to decrease the risk of effects from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Recommendations And Customized Omega Compounds
While there are risks and benefits to every medication and supplement, speaking with your doctor can help you to determine whether an omega-3 supplement can help maintain and promote your overall health. Once you have discussed the pros and cons with your physician and if you receive a compound prescription for omegas, we can help you create a customized omega-3 supplement compound to create the proper balance for your body.
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Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.