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Can I take fish oil and aspirin together?

Q) I suffer from osteoarthritis and have been taking omega-3 fish oil capsules (1,000 mg) for about nine months. I believe it helps my hip mobility. Following a mini stroke two years ago I was prescribed 80 mg of aspirin daily. However, I read that omega-3 was a natural blood thinner, so I'm now worried that my blood will be too thin and I’ll have a clotting problem if I suffer a cut of any sort.
Chris Grant-Bear, Sevenoaks, Kent (Winter 2006)

A) I don’t think you'll have any problems with your blood being too thin. The aspirin and omega-3 fish oils work on a different part of the clotting system, mainly preventing the platelets from sticking together and to the sides of blood vessels. When you cut yourself your blood eventually clots by a different mechanism which is unaffected by aspirin and fish oil.


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