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Fish oil is a dietary source of omega-3. The consumption of fish oil supplements is considered safewhen taken as recommended, but consuming too much fish oil can increase the risk of bleeding. But experts do not want you to be scared or believe in myths.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, meaning the body cannot make them from scratch, and must get them from food.
Among the benefits of omega-3, it is indicated that they reduce blood pressure and heart rate, improve the function of blood vessels and, in higher doses, they lower triglycerides and can ease inflammation, shares the Harvard School of Public Health.
“Fish oil supplements may be helpful if you have high triglycerides or rheumatoid arthritis,” notes the Mayo Clinic.
Can omega-3 thin the blood?
Harvard explains that omega-3 fats are the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood coagulationcontraction and relaxation of arterial walls, and inflammation.
The Mayo Clinic indicates that taking high doses of fish oil supplements might increase the risk of bleeding and possibly increase the risk of stroke.
Nutritionist and director of scientific affairs at Mind Body Green, Ashley Jordan Ferira, says it’s about time someone debunked the myth that is scaring people about taking omega-3s.
Ferira believes that the fact that omega-3s interact with platelets has been used to instill fear against safe doses found in supplements.
“In reality, the anticoagulant effect of fish oil occurs at absurdly high levels of EPA plus DHA, 10 grams and morewhich no supplement comes close to containing,” says Ferira.
Some people do need to take additional precautions to avoid bleeding problems: people who have bleeding problems or take blood-thinning medications. The Omega-3 supplements may interact with blood-thinning medications. Before taking any supplement, you should consult your doctor.
Safe intake of 2 g of omega-3 from supplements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends consumption of no more than 3g per day of EPA and DHA combined, including up to 2g per day from dietary supplements.
May be higher than 2 g of omega-3, under a doctor’s supervision
Doses higher than those recommended by the FDA are sometimes used to lower triglycerides; however, the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements notes that anyone taking omega-3s for this purpose should be under the care of a healthcare professional to avoid bleeding problems.
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