Omega-3 acid ethyl esters is a type of fat found in fish oil. It is used along with diet and exercises t ohelp lower the levels of certain blood fat known as triglyceride. Similarly, it may also be used to raise good cholesterol (HDL). Triglyceride comprises of three fatty acids as well as glycerol. High levels of triglyceride is associated with such conditions as obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus. Lowering triglycerides as well as increasing good cholesterol may help decrease the risk for strokes and heart attacks.
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters are supplements used in the treatment of high blood pressure, stroke, osteoarthritis, depression, and certain types of cancer. The supplements are, however, akin to medicines and their use should be consulted with a doctor prior to use.
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters work by lowering the body's production of bad cholesterol, as well as containing substances - such as antioxidants - that help reduce the body's formation of harmful radical chemicals; chemicals which may, if left unchecked, result in cancer.
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters can cause severe side effects. Patients experiencing allergic reactions, an allergic response, breathing difficulties, swelling on any part of the body, should stop taking the medication.