High Omega-3 Consumption Has No Adverse Effects

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel in Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has said there is no scientific evidence suggesting excessive consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids has any adverse effects on the human body.  Whilst there was not enough information for the panel to make a definitive statement, experts have agreed that supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA of up to 5g per day do not increase the risk of reported adverse effects, for example impaired regulation of glucose levels or immune function or increased bleeding episodes.  The EFSA concluded that consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) of between 2 to 4g per day are required to maintain blood pressure a triglyceride levels, with intakes of 250mg per day sufficient for the maintenance of normal cardiac functions.