Supplements – Essential Fatty Acids


In this leaflet we review a range of common supplements that people might come across when trying to manage M.E. We tell you what do they do, provide relevant research evidence for their effectiveness, and determine if they are safe.


Supplements containing essential fatty acids (EFAs), in particular fish oil supplements with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), have become extremely popular as an addition to a healthy diet – more so perhaps when a person is unwell and unable to eat properly.

But what do they do? Is there any evidence that they work in M.E.? And are they safe?

Topics discussed in this leaflet, also include:

  • What are essential fatty acids (EFAs)?
  • What do EFAs do in the body?
  • Why might EFAs be beneficial in M.E.?
  • Research evidence for use in M.E.
  • Contra-indications
  • Side-effects
  • Commercial supplements
  • What about eating lots of oily fish instead?
  • EPA, Fish Oil & Evening Primrose Oil

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