Safe to take before surgery
Im taking blood sugar formula. Is it safe to take a day before undergoing colonoscopy?
The biggest concern with taking supplements prior to any
invasive procedure is the risk of inhibiting the clotting potential of the
blood therefore increasing the risk of severe bleeding. Certain
supplements and herbs are much more likely to cause this (Fish oil, vitamin E, Ginkgo, CoQ10) but because so little
is known about how natural medicines affect the clotting cascade I recommend
discontinuing pretty much all supplements prior to
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The blood sugar support supplement does contain very small amounts of natural
ingredients known to affect blood clotting. The two of main concern are
the vitamin E and the cayenne. They are present in very low doses but it
would be most prudent to avoid taking this formula prior to your procedure just
to be on the safe side.
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