Recently I have had 2 patients who are very healthy, and who have excellent dental hygiene, but tell me their gums bleed. Both of these patients told me that when they floss, they find a little clot of blood between their teeth.
This I would expect from the gums of a person with poor hygiene. Not a healthy person who is flossing daily.
My conclusion in questioning both of them has been that they both take double the amount of suggested Omega3 supplement. While vitamin C and Vitamin B are hard to overdose on, Omega 3 is the opposite. Omega 3, Fish oil, and Krill oil are supplements that reduce inflammation. They also act as blood thinners. While smaller, and correct, doses have beneficial effects, higher doses can cause bleeding. People who take Baby Aspirin, Warfarin/Coumadin, or Plavix should speak to their doctor about using Omega 3 instead.
People who do NOT take any medications should also pay attention to how much Omega 3 they consume so as not to overdose. Women should be especially mindful to their Omega 3 intake as another patient told me that while consuming higher doses of Omega 3, her monthly menstrual flow was much heavier.
I am a big proponent of supplements but it is important to realize that if you consume fish, olive oil, flax seed, or almonds, you are already getting the benefit of some Omega 3 (and Omega 6 and Omega 9) so adding more Omega 3 to your diet could cause a build up.
I told both patients to speak to their physicians and to return to what a recommended dose would be.