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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