Fish oil supplements and the possible link to swimming-induced pulmonary edema (SIPE)

lakespraylakespray Senior Member
edited November 2012 in General Discussion
Masters swimmer Jim Thornton wrote the following article on the possible link to Fish oil supplements and SIPE
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  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
    As I understand the article, it's a possible link between massive doses of fish oil and pulmonary edema.

    The headline would tend to scare people away from taking fish oil which is widely considered to be a beneficial supplement.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    @WaterGirl Agreed, editorially misleading headlines don't help. I use 2000mg daily, sub-3000mg recommended max daily dose, only on training days, and only when I get above about 25/30k per week.

  • I am strictly an open water swimmer. I limit my fish oil for another reason...I don't want to give off any body odor that might attract sharks.
  • lakespraylakespray Senior Member
    I thought I add this link from the board where Jim Thornton states that the survey making the connection of fish oil supplements to SIPE did not ask about dosage size. It was his personal anecdote that implied it was large dosage. I personally take 1200mg daily and probably won't stop but as someone who both crews and coaches long distance swimmers I think it's important to be aware there may be a connection.
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