Supplements may be used for a variety of health ailments. From topping up vitamin levels, to promoting hair growth and to even lowering cholesterol levels. According to health experts, if you want to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, take fish oil supplements.
Fish oil is a dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a substance needed by the body for numerous functions, from muscle activity to cell growth.
Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from food and can not be manufactured in the body.
Fish oil supplements come in liquid, capsule and pill form.
Taking fish oil supplements are known to help with lowering high blood pressure, reducing risk of heart attacks, to improve symptoms of arthritis and to lower cholesterol levels.
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In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, fish oil for the treatment of cardiovascular disease caused by high cholesterol was investigated.
The study noted: “Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found abundantly in fish oil, are increasingly being used in the management of cardiovascular disease.
“It is clear that fish oil, in clinically used doses, reduces high triglycerides.
“Omega-3 FA most likely reduce serum triglyceride levels by modulating very-low-density lipoprotein and chylomicron metabolism.”
Heart UK said: “Omega 3 fats are a group of unsaturated fats that we need to stay healthy especially for heart health.
“Eating foods high in omega 3’s could help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
“There has been lots of research into omega 3 fats and oils fish and how they can improve heart health.
“In countries where people eat more oi fish, fewer people have heart disease compared to countries where people eat very little oily fish, such as the UK.”
Cleveland Clinic said: “Very high doses of pure fish oil can lower your triglyceride levels which is another type of fat in your blood.
“Fish oil can also increase your good cholesterol, but it really doesn’t lower your LDL.
“Be sure to read your fish oil supplement label for high doses.”
It’s important to consult with your GP before embarking on any new supplements for your cholesterol.