A member asked:

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

3 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Ruth Seaman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered 6/18/2014


Dr. Jovita Anyanwu answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Not neccessarily: Omega 3 may lower your triglycerides. The Statins will have better cholesterol lowering effect

Answered 6/21/2014


Dr. William Jenkins answered

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

Answered 1/19/2015



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