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WHAT TO TAKE: Fish oil, krill oil. WHAT IT DOES: Pro­fes­sor Avni Sali, foun­da­tion di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of In­te­gra­tive Medicine, says fish oil is one of the best hearthealth sup­ple­ments. Ev­i­dence sug­gests it is high in eicos­apen­taenoic acid ( EPA) and do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid ( DHA), which may lower triglyc­eride lev­els in peo­ple who have high lev­els of the blood fat. It can also in­crease lev­els of “good choles­terol” and help peo­ple with coro­nary heart dis­ease.

Re­cently, krill oil has also been rec­om­mended for heart health as it is more eas­ily ab­sorbed than fish oil. It may also help eye, brain and joint health.

WHAT IT CAN IN­TER­ACT WITH: High doses of fish oil ( in ex­cess of two grams per day) can make the blood take longer to clot, which could in­crease the risk of bleed­ing if you are al­ready tak­ing an­ti­co­ag­u­lants such as war­farin. Sim­i­lar warn­ings ap­ply to krill oil and those who are al­ler­gic to shell­fish should steer clear of it. The ef­fects of ex­ceed­ing the rec­om­mended dosage of krill oil in­clude in­di­ges­tion and di­ar­rhoea.


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