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Is Bruising a Side Effect of Taking Fish Oil?

July 13th, 2009

Some people are speculating that Fish Oil may lead to bruising more easily, along with Ginkgo, Ginger, and Garlic, and any combination of these supplements taken along with Aspirin.  The obvious reason is because Fish Oil has a blood thinning effect,  which is why it is often used to reduce clotting.  We generally take Fish Oils because they are a main source of fat and contain two very important Omega 3 Fatty Acids, DHA and EPA.  The benefit of these Omegas is that they are readily absorbed into your body and promote heart health, so the advantages of taking this supplement outnumber any small side effects such as increased likelihood of bruising.  If you are taking other medications or supplements and have concerns about this issue, just talk to your physician to make sure you are taking the right amount. 

Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids, and Bilberry may help with the healing process of bruises, so try adding these into your diet to help lessen the bruising effect.   We all know about the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C and there are many brands on the market if you don’t get enough in your normal diet.  Bioflavonoids are what give some fruits and vegetables their color, but they are also known to improve your health.  It is believed that the compounds found in bioflavonoids help strengthen the walls of your blood vessels.  Bilberry has been used to promote general capillary health, and is known for its healing properties in a variety of issues such as bruising.

The bottom line is that fish oils are a very important addition to your diet, and studies only indicate that excessive use of omegas may lead to bruising more easily.  It would probably be more beneficial to you to avoid bumping into things rather than to stop taking fish oil.  So, take you time, move around more slowly and protect your skin.

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