Is fish oil an anticoagulant?

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Anticoagulant medications (“blood thinners”) are prescribed to prevent the blood from clotting. Although anticoagulants (such as warfarin or heparin) cannot dissolve existing clots in the blood, they can prevent clots from getting bigger. They can also prevent the formation of new blood clots. Anticoagulants are prescribed to people who are at risk for blood clots, heart attacks, or stroke to prevent complications. Although fish oil can also help prevent heart attacks, it is not an anticoagulant. Fish oil is a supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids that are naturally found in fish, plants, or nuts. In addition to exercise and a low-fat diet, fish oil can help reduce your triglyceride levels. Because triglycerides are responsible for storing excess calories for later conversion into energy, high triglyceride levels indicate a higher risk of heart complications. By reducing triglyceride levels, fish oil can help prevent heart attacks and other complications.

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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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