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Are fish oil omega 3 pills good for cholesterol?

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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Omega-3 fish oils are excellent supplements for many body systems, particularly the heart. Omega-3's do less to lower the bad cholesterol, but do increase the level of the hdlor "good cholesterol", and hence your good-to-bad cholesterol ratio. This in turn can lower your risk of heart disease.

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A 61-year-old male asked:

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

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Dr. Ruth Seaman
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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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is a good product for pure omega 3 fish oil?

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Dr. Gopinath Upamaka
Cardiology 39 years experience
Lovaza: Prescription Lovaza is the only approved one. Although a new one vascepa should be on market soon.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Omega 3 fish oil? What is it good for? Whats its benefits?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
EPA: We all need two essential fatty acids in our diet but they have to be processed in the body to produce important metabolites that play a part in inflammation. Fish oil provides epa (eicosapentoic acid) that "dodges" the processing mechanism, thus providing a "ready made" metabolite that acts as an anti-inflammatory. This is very complex chemistry and is the simplest explanation that i can offer.

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