What should I avoid while taking fish oil?

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While you are taking fish oil, it is important to avoid eating foods high in fat, sugar, or cholesterol. Unhealthy foods work against the triglyceride-fighting effects of fish oil and reduce its effectiveness. Fish oil should be used in addition to a healthy diet and exercise routine, as overall health is the best way to control high blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Also, avoid alcohol during your treatment because it raises triglyceride levels and can make your symptoms worse. Avoid taking large doses of fish oil at a time, as that may cause excessive or prolonged bleeding. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared up to three grams of fish oil daily to be Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). If you suspect you have overdosed, call your doctor for further instruction.

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Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.
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