There is really no debate.
Omega-3 lowers triglycerides.
I don’t know if researchers say it more eloquently. But they do sound smarter when they say it.
The hypotriglyceridemic effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils are well established
See. That sounds intelligent to me. But it means the same thing. It means that there is an overabundance of scientific evidence to support the belief that omega-3 from fish oils lowers triglycerides.
By the way, the above statement came from a 2002 American
Heart Association circulation. You can click the following link to read
it. Its title is…
"Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease."
The fact is there is plenty of research dedicated to the health benefits of omega-3. And it is not all heart health related. However, we are focused on optimal heart health here.
More to the point… we are focused on triglycerides at present and what actions we can take to lower ours and keep them down.
To begin it is important to know that there is more than one type of omega-3. In fact there are…
The first type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and comes from vegetative sources. It is found in…
Less potent sources are…
Soybean oil does contain ALA but it is usually partially hydrogenated to produce margarines and other spreads. Partially hydrogenated products are bad news. Stay away from them. They are the reason we have trans-fats today. And as we know, trans-fats are related to a number of chronic heart conditions.
The second type of omega-3 comes from the ocean. It includes eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both are derived from cold-water fatty fish. Some potent sources are…
All three types of omega-3 help to lower triglycerides. But some are more effective then others. This leads us to ask…
Here’s a question for you…
Are you sick and tired of just not
Are there health issues – in addition to your heart health – that concern you? Like…
Anxiety? Or not sleeping well? Or joint pain? Or low energy? Or poor digestion? Or weight gain? Or stress? Why do so many people suffer from these symptoms and others? Those nagging health issues that seem so difficult to define.
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If you don’t like fish you will be happy to know that ALA lowers triglycerides. However, research shows that EPA and DHA, the types found in fish, are much more effective.
An article appearing in PebMed makes this point. The title is, "N-3 fatty acids and serum lipoproteins: human studies."
The observations were based on the results of several placebo-controlled clinical studies. The article concludes by saying...
ALA from flaxseed oils (their richest source) can only match the triglyceride lowering influence of marine source omega-3 (EPA and DHA) when consumed in very large amounts.
Studies focused on EPA and DHA showed some rather impressive results. The article stated that supplementing with EPA and DHA resulted in a 25-30% reduction in blood triglyceride levels.
Among the article’s concluding remarks was this statement…
These effects of marine n-3 fatty acids are now well-established; what remains is to determine the mechanisms behind these effects and, more importantly, their health consequences.
Can fish oil supplements really lower serum triglycerides 25-30%? I am a skeptic by nature. So I looked at more evidence. Here is a…
Wading through the research can be interesting. It can also be exhausting. That is why we are only looking at a summary here.
One review of human studies concluded that...
Four grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) reduced serum triglyceride levels by 25-30%.
Similar results have been seen in studies involving diabetics. This is an important point. High cardiovascular mortality rate of patients with diabetes has been partially attributed to elevated serum triglycerides.
An analysis of these studies has shown that patients with Type I diabetes have experienced a 30% reduction in serum triglycerides by taking fish oil supplements. The amount of fish oils taken in each study, of course, varied.
In a randomized trial two groups of patients with elevated triglycerides were compared. One group received simvastatin plus 4 grams of Omacor containing 90% omega-3 fatty acids. The second group also received the same amount of simvastatin plus a placebo.
The first group - the one ingesting the fish oils - showed a 20 to 30% greater reduction in serum triglycerides than the second group. They also experienced a 30 to 40% greater reduction of VLDL cholesterol.
This suggests that patients taking statins can benefit from additional omega-3 supplementation. Of course that is between the patient and doctor.
I love theory. That is why I studied philosophy. But theory without application does little good.
On this site we are concerned with optimal heart health and building habits that will help us achieve it.
So the real question is…
Of course we should eat foods high in flax seed oil, soybean oil and canola oil. In addition we should eat plenty of fish. It is better for us than fatty red meats. The fish we should eat are the fatty cold-water varieties listed above.
If you are trying to lower your triglycerides then you will benefit from more omega-3 than you can ingest by eating fish.
The American Heart Association recommends 2 - 4 grams of EPA plus DHA per day.
That takes a lot of fish eating. Also it is important to keep in mind
that some fish contains mercury and other poisons. Unfortunately we did
that to ourselves.
If your triglycerides are too high you will want to consider fish oil supplements. This is in addition to diet changes where necessary.
That is… You have decided that you need to be taking a high quality omega-3 supplement. Which one?
Actually a number of questions should come to mind. Questions such as…
Here are a few more questions that arise when considering those above. Questions that should be asked before choosing any supplement. Questions that can’t be answered on a label.
These questions – and others like them – are of extreme importance when
considering which supplements to take. We are making an investment in
ourselves, and those who love us, when we choose to add dietary
supplements to our other heart health efforts. But do we know which is the best investment?
To help you think through some of these questions please use the link below.
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