Both fish oil and magnesium have purported health benefits. But, because some of the effects of these supplements overlap, you should speak with your doctor before combining the two.
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You may take a fish oil supplement for several reasons, including lowering your triglycerides, fighting inflammatory pain and lowering blood pressure. You may use magnesium supplements if you do not get enough of the mineral in your normal eating habits. You also may take it to help control calcium levels if you take a calcium supplement, or to help improve your blood circulation.
Fish oil and magnesium have some of the same side effects, which can lead to "too much of a good thing." Check with you doctor before combining these supplements.
Consider Fish Oil Benefits
According to Mayo Clinic, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can significantly impact blood sugar levels that are too high. The fatty substances called triglycerides clog your arteries over time, forming hard plaque that decreases the regular flow of blood from your heart through your blood vessels.
Fish oil can help to remove the plaque and can prevent new formations of it. This eases the work of your heart by allowing more blood to flow, and it decreases your blood pressure. Fish oil also can help to reduce pain associated with inflammation in your joints. Some research points to fish oil as a gentle mood stabilizer for people suffering with bipolar disorder, too.
Beware Fish Oil Side Effects
Most side effects associated with fish oil are non-serious and temporary. These include a taste akin to fish in your mouth, belching and queasiness in your stomach.
If you use a blood thinner or anticoagulant such as warfarin, fish oil can dangerously increase its effects, so do not take the supplement with these medicines without specific approval from your practitioner.
Know Magnesium Benefits
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, magnesium has been purported to help with heart health and other disease processes such as diabetes, migraines and hot flashes, but more research is needed to support these claims. It also helps to limit and make more efficient the use of another mineral, calcium, in your body. Calcium can affect the way your heart beats and can cause high blood pressure.
If you have excessive calcium in your body, your doctor may prescribe an anti-hypertensive medicine called a calcium channel blocker to regulate it. Your doctor also may suggest magnesium to control calcium. Magnesium also essentially relaxes your blood vessels, including your arteries, which can improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
Magnesium Supplements Side Effects
Negative side effects of magnesium supplements can occur when you start using it. You may feel nauseous or you may experience pain in your stomach. You also may experience a temporary and mild bout of diarrhea. These side effects typically disappear as your body adjusts to the supplement, but ask your doctor for help if they do not.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also points of that getting magnesium through food sources — such as leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish — does not cause these unwanted side effects.
Fish Oil and Magnesium Interactions
As fish oil lowers your triglycerides and begins to clear out your arteries, your blood pressure will decrease, according to Mayo Clinic. As magnesium takes effect, your arteries will relax and open up, potentially also decreasing your blood pressure.
It is possible that combining the two supplements can lower your blood pressure too much, although as the National Institutes of Health points out, research on magnesium only shows a small impact on blood pressure.
This can produce dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, tiredness and even mental confusion if not enough blood reaches your brain. For this reason, ask your physician about the possibilities of interactions between fish oil and magnesium supplements before you use them together. Combine them only with your doctor's permission.