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Side Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid

Bothersome Side Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid

Many people experience nausea and gas when taking docosahexaenoic acid supplements. Taking docosahexaenoic acid with food may help prevent or lessen the nausea. If the docosahexaenoic acid is derived from fish, you may also experience a fishy aftertaste. Again, taking it with food may help reduce this side effect.
Since docosahexaenoic acid may have anticoagulant ("blood-thinning") effects, some people may notice that they bruise more easily. It may also take a little longer for a cut to stop bleeding. While this may be merely bothersome, it can become serious in some situations. However, some researchers believe that taking docosahexaenoic acid alone (without EPA) may not actually have these anticoagulant effects. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is a similar but different omega-3 fatty acid usually used in combination with docosahexaenoic acid (in the form of fish oil).

Final Thoughts on Docosahexaenoic Acid Side Effects

If you think you are experiencing a docosahexaenoic acid side effect, please let your healthcare provider know. Also, let him or her know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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