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Epa (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)

How does Epa (eicosapentaenoic Acid) work?

EPA can prevent the blood from clotting easily. These fatty acids also reduce pain and swelling.

Are there safety concerns?

EPA seems to be safe for most people when taken appropriately. Some people can experience side effects such as nausea; diarrhea; heartburn; skin rash; itching; nosebleed; and joint, back, and muscle pain. Fish oils containing EPA can cause fishy taste, belching, nosebleeds, nausea, and loose stools. Taking EPA with meals can often decrease these side effects.

When used in amounts greater than 3 grams per day, EPA can thin the blood and increase the risk for bleeding.

Do not use EPA if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are sensitive to aspirin. It might affect your breathing.

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