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Omega 3 Fatty Acid Risks

Updated: Jul 9, 2023


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.


Belly Problems:

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.


Allergic reactions:

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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