Q. I recently began taking fish oil for heart health. I have fibrocystic breasts, and after about a week on fish oil I noticed a reduction in the number and size of the cysts.
Is there any evidence that fish oil can eliminate these bumps? I am thrilled, since I was always a little nervous that I might overlook a serious lump thinking it was a cyst.
A. We have not found any studies showing that fish oil can make breast cysts go away. Since you are taking the fish oil for your heart anyway, keep on taking it. Cysts in the breast are not dangerous, but they can make it more difficult to detect a problem during breast self-exams.