Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the ‘stickiness’ of platelets (the cells that cause blood to clot), and this is known to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Having slightly ‘thinner’ blood increases circulation and also lowers blood pressure. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) state that high dose, long-term intake of EPA & DHA (i.e. 5 g/day for two years) does not increase the risk of spontaneous bleeding complications, even in those individuals at a high risk of bleeding, such as those taking anti-coagulant medications. Although the consensus is that high EPA, EPA/DHA consumption poses no potential issues for individuals taking pharmaceutical blood-thinning agents such as Warfarin or Heparin, those who undergo regular coagulation tests may wish to inform their GP that they are taking a highly concentrated fish oil.
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