Like we discussed last time, although generally safe and well-tolerated, omega-3 fatty acid risks and potential side effects are handled in this article.
Diarrhea, gas, indigestion, and nausea when taking omega-3 supplements. This is much more common with capsules than liquids. These effects can be often be reduced by taking with food, using a professional formulation or reducing dosage.
Bleeding and blood thinning:
Omega-3 fatty acids have a slight blood-thinning effect.
While this is generally beneficial for cardiovascular health, it can increase the risk of bleeding, especially in people taking blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin and aspirin.
If you have a blood clotting disorder or are taking blood thinners, it is important to consult your doctor before starting omega-3 fatty acids.
Symptoms can include itching, rash, hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing.
If you experience any of these symptoms after taking an omega-3 supplement, stop taking it and seek immediate medical attention.
Vitamin E Concerns
Some omega-3 supplements may contain vitamin E.
Vitamin E with omega-3 supplements at higher dosages may increase the risk of bleeding.
If you are already taking vitamin E supplements or have a medical condition that requires high doses of vitamin E, talk to your doctor before starting omega-3 supplements.
So now you know why it is always advisable to talk with your doctor before starting any new supplements especially if you have a known medical condition or are taking any medications.
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