After upping my fish oil to a higher dosage, I have noticed that I bruise much more now after my sparring sessions. I used to never bruise, but now I find that its fairly common to get a nice purple one.
This is not a coincidence. This totally happened to me. I started bruising very easily. I also never bruise and I wasn't doing anything as harsh as sparring. I started getting crazy bruises all over my upper thighs from dumbells.
You know when you place dumbells on your lap before you bench, incline, or shoulder press? Thats it! Especially when i would bring them down a little quick after doing a set. I had bruises all over my upper legs.
I thought it was kinda cool though. Showed that it was doing something. It actually hurt to the touch though. Like a bruise from actually getting hurt. Weird.
Less quercetin might increase the ease of bruising, so, less citrus consumption might do that.
But generally speakking I don't know.
In my own case the two dietary changes that I guessed might have been responsible for greatly decreased bruising were increased fish oil and increased flavonoids, polyphenols and so forth.
It could well be that in my case the fish oil had nothing to do with my decreased incidence of bruising and it was only increased phytonutritents; or it was something else entirely; or even that maybe increased fish oil would have worsened it some but other factors improved resistance even more.
Dunno. But anyway I now do not bruise easily whereas for a very long time I had.
If you wind up being unable to tolerate the citrus, I'm pretty sure quercetin is available fairly cheaply as a supplement. I didn't take it specifically, but it's the flavonoid most known for efficacy in this regard.
I am pretty sure that bruising is a inflammatory response. This should not be increased by fish oil. Omega 3 greatest quality is it's anti inflammatory properties. With that said I do not personally understand the exact relationship bruising and thinning blood may have. Cause fish oil can thin your blood. I would try a lower dose and see if you bruise less. Trial and error. To Learn More About Omega 3 http://www.omega-3-for-your-health.com
A bruise is simply blood vessels that burst underneath the skins surface. What I have been told is that blood thinners allow the blood to get to the surface much easier. Therefore, in my case, when I get punched, the vessels rupture and a bruise appears.
What I was hoping to hear, was from other people that take larger than the "social norm" dose of fish oil. As the medical professional's that I have asked all freaked when I said I was taking such a "large" dose.
Thanks for the link though, there may be something else there to help explain if it isn't the citrus defiency.
Bruising is blood-related, but the actual change in thickness (viscosity) of the blood cannot be very great at all. In other words, it seems to me that the real questions are whether blood has a means to leak, how the body reacts to that leak, and how quickly any such leak is sealed up.
A slight change in the rate through which blood gets through a leak due to having slightly different viscosity would seem to me to be able to cause only very slight change in bruising.
Jjones88, I train in martial arts also & bruise like a banana. I definitely see an increase in bruising when I increase my fish oil consumption. Also, I was talking to a surgeon who told me to stop all fish oil before surgery because it can increase bleeding.
He told me, "in plain english, the best way I can describe it is that it makes your blood cells more slippery - for lack of a better term - and therefore less likely to clot quickly."
I've also read that increasing iron & vitamin c helps, but I haven't seen much result from this. I'll try the citrus fruits now that Bill suggested it.
I can tell you, however, that the more you absorb blows in a certain area, say if you are absorbing a lot of roundhouse kicks to the thigh, that area will eventually toughen up & start to bruise less.
My teachers told me this would happen & I'm definitely seeing it - but I've been doing this style for almost 2 years & am just now seeing a major difference.