Fish Oil & Triglycerides

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Many research studies have shown us the benefit of fish oil for overall cardiovascular health.  We now also have specific studies looking at particular markers of heart disease risk and how omega-3 levels effect these.

A new study looked over these recent studies to see how omega-3’s effect triglyceride levels in those with already high levels.  They found that they significantly lower triglycerides starting at a dose of 2000 milligrams of EPA and DHA combined.

The optimal dose was seen at 3000 to 4000 mg.  Those getting amounts ranging from 200 to 500 mg only saw 3 to 7% reductions, while those getting the optimal doses saw anywhere between 25 and 45% reductions.  

To see how much omega-3’s you’re getting, look at the label of your fish oil and add up the EPA and DHA numbers.  Be careful, some manufacturers lists those as “2 soft gels” for a serving size.

Int J Cardiol. 2013

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