Essential Fatty Acids


In this leaflet we review a range of common supplements that people might come across when trying to manage ME/CFS. 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 ME/CFS? 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 ME/CFS? Research evidence for use in ME/CFS, Contra-indications, Side-effects, Commercial supplements, What about eating lots of oily fish instead? EPA, Fish Oil & Evening Primrose Oil.

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The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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