U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Singapore
A 61-year-old male asked:

I have borderline high cholesterol. can it be lowered by taking fish oil capsules with omega 3 ?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ruth Seaman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Maybe: All depends on your lipid profile. A skilled Internist should be able to guide you well. Omega-3-FA can help reduce trigylcerides very well, and has more modest effects on cholesterol itself. Focus on DHA and EPA amounts (on back of bottle), and ignore the size of the capsule itself. Total DHA+EPA close to 3000mg seems to be most helpful. Cannot take with some blood thinners.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Not neccessarily: Omega 3 may lower your triglycerides. The Statins will have better cholesterol lowering effect
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Yes,: The fish oil that contains only EPA as a dietary supplement or prescription Vascepa will lower LDL-C in addition to lowering high triglycerides
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jan 19, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.