YES absolutely and actually we strongly recommend it. Fish oils, and specifically EPA, do indeed help make the blood less sticky and ‘thinner’, which for most people is highly beneficial. Early research indicated that this could increase bleeding risk in those taking Warfarin or high-dose aspirin but numerous rigorous analyses have since proven fish oils do not pose risk to anticoagulant users. In a revaluation statement, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) can be quoted as saying “supplemental intakes of EPA and DHA combined of up to about 5 g/day for up to two years or up to about 7 g/day for up to six months, do not increase the risk of spontaneous bleeding episodes or bleeding complications, even in subjects at a high risk of bleeding (e.g. taking aspirin or anti-coagulants)”.
In fact, it is now accepted that low-dose aspirin and EPA appear to work in parallel to shift the fatty acid balance toward a less inflammatory milieu as well as by interactions that directly lead to the production of a variety of potent health-beneficial end products. Individuals taking pharmaceutical blood-thinning agents such as Warfarin or Heparin who undergo regular coagulation tests may wish to inform their GP that they are taking highly concentrated EPA fish oils and discuss reducing your dosage as coagulation markers improve.
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