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01 Oct 2008

omega 3 and 6
Hi Doc I suffer from severe PMS and Im thinking of buying omega 3 and 6 supplements . I heard primrose oil doesnt work - most people say it didnt work for them . My question is can I take it forever ? provided it works .is there any health risks associated with taking supplements for prolonged periods of time ?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Miss A
I am sorry to hear that you suffer from severe PMS. Most individuals who eat a western diet do not need to take omega-6 supplements because we get plenty of omega-6 from salad and cooking oils. You can certainly try taking omega-3 supplements (salmon oil capsules that you buy at the chemist or health shop) because most of us have a deficiency of these omega fatty acids. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read article 57 'PMS and diet' to obtain tips on what you can do to prevent these PMS symptoms. The use of vitamin B complex supplements, omega-3 fatty acid capsules, a high potassium intake (lots of fresh fruit and veg), and moderate exercise can all help. In some cases it may be necessary to take supplements for long periods until a condition clears up.
Best regards
DietDoc
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