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What are the benefits of fish oil for irritable bowel syndrome?

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Researchers have studied the benefits of eating fish or taking fish oil supplements for health goals including preventing heart disease and easing autoimmune disorders. But there doesn't appear to be any scientific proof that fish or fish oil supplements work for irritable bowel syndrome.

SOURCE:
Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.
Jonathan Gilbert, who has a diplomate in herbology and acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."
Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."
WebMD Feature: "Natural Alternatives for IBS." About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."
University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter Web site.
Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," and "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCE:
Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.
Jonathan Gilbert, who has a diplomate in herbology and acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."
Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."
WebMD Feature: "Natural Alternatives for IBS." About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."
University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter Web site.
Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," and "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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