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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