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What are the problems associated with taking omega-3 fatty acids?

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Side effects. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements might cause upset stomach or diarrhea. These side effects are worse at higher doses.

Interactions. If you take blood thinners, anti-platelet drugs, or anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen - Advil or Motrin), talk to your doctor about using omega-3 fatty acids. The combination may increase the risk of bleeding. The same risks may apply to people taking supplements like ginkgo biloba.

Risks. People who are pregnant, have diabetes, a high risk of bleeding (particularly those on blood thinners), or high LDL cholesterol should check with their doctor before taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements. At very high doses, they could raise the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

From: Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

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