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Can taking fish oil supplements lower cholesterol?

Can taking fish oil supplements lower cholesterol?

Sort of: Fish oil in moderate doses can help lower triglycerides and has modest effects if any on HDL and ldl. Too much fish oil can raise ldl. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Cholesterol (Definition)

Cholesterol is a measure of fat produced by the body by genetics as well as by diet. Your total cholesterol measures the triglycerides (increases with high sugary foods and baked goods, helped with fish oil), HDL (your good cholesterol-difficult to increase but helped with exercise, hormone replacement, niacin) and LDL (your bad cholesterol, decrease this w/ lean protein, ...Read more


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Do fish oil capsules lower ldl?

Do fish oil capsules lower ldl?

May increase LDL: Prescription fish oil (lovaza) is indicated for treatment of high triglyceride, but in doing so it actually raises the LDL a bit. Taking it as a supplement (smaller dose--1/4 of dose) may not do much at all in term of changing the lipid profile. So, if u need to lower ldl, fish oil is not the way to go. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can omega fish oil lower psa?

Can omega fish oil lower psa?

Doubtful: Psa rises from enlarged prostate or tumor. Omega fish oil is not likely to impactbthis. ...Read more

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Can i use fish oil and iron supplement together?

Can i use fish oil and iron supplement together?

You can: But fish oil is a waste of money. Do not take iron unless you have heavy menstrual bleeding or other reason to think you are iron- deficient. A blood test can determine if you are iron-deficient, which is not exactly the same as anemic. See www.askdrhawkeye. ...Read more

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Can fish oil lower triglyceride and cholesterol ?

Can fish oil lower triglyceride and cholesterol  ?

Yes but only if . . : High dose fish oil sold as prescription Lovaza (https://online.Epocrates.Com/noframe/showpage.Do?Method=drugs&monographid=4012) at 4g daily is approved for use in those with triglycerides >500mg/dl. Before you try to substitute cheap low cost fish oil, read label carefully. Otc products have 180mg epa + 120mg dha in 1g of fish oil while Lovaza has 465mg epa + 375mg dha in 1g and you take 4 daily. ...Read more

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I take fish oil and niacin to lower my triglycerides, can I also add garlic tablets?

I take fish oil and niacin to lower my triglycerides, can I also add garlic tablets?

You can: But i doubt it will work. I've not had any luck with Niacin and modest with fish oil, unless it's a prescription strength. Best way is weight loss and avoiding sweats, easily absorbable carbs, etc. If you have hereditary hypertriglyceridemia, none of the mentioned meds will work effectively. ...Read more

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Does flaxseed oil supplements work to control triglycerides?

Does flaxseed oil supplements work to control triglycerides?

Flaxseed: I have tried Flaxseed but had no measurable success. However if you have high triglycerides at 28 that could be a precursor for Diabetes later in life. I suggest you check with your primary care Doc. Dr G ...Read more

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Can I lower High colesterol levels without medication? Just fish oil and healthy diet?

Can I lower High colesterol levels without medication? Just fish oil and healthy diet?

Possible: About 75% of your cholesterol is dependent upon genetics. So if your cholesterol is modestly elevated,change in your diet and excercise may do the trick. Fish oil may impact your triglycerides but has no significant effect on cholestrol. Statins are drug of choice ...Read more

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How to supplement dha/epa into my diet without taking fish oils capsules?

How to supplement dha/epa into my diet without taking fish oils capsules?

DHA and EPA: flax seeds, walnuts, salmon and sardines, soy beans, tofu and shrimp are foods that are sources of dha and epa that you could use to supplement your diet. Walnuts can be added to most of the foods you eat. ...Read more

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Can adding olive oil or safflower oil to your diet lower your cholesterol level?

Can adding olive oil or safflower oil to your diet lower your cholesterol level?

Dieters Beware, Pt.3: FAT BLOCKERS (Guar gum, Hydroxycitrate, Chitosan) Claim: You won't absorb as much dietary fat from your food. Science: There isn't strong evidence that these work without a lower-calorie diet. Risks: Some cause diarrhea and inhibit vitamin absorption, while others made from shellfish may trigger allergic reactions. (Ref. Time,7/14) ...Read more

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What are the benefits from taking omega-3 fish oil tablets?

What are the benefits from taking omega-3 fish oil tablets?

Much debated: There are many claims regarding the beneficial effects of fish oils, but there are few randomized blinded clinical trials testing these observational claims. Fish oils lower triglycerides, and are indicated to do so, so as to prevent pancreatitis , however no studies support this recommendation. At low dose they may have cardiovascular benefits, but recent data is less compelling than older data. ...Read more

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Does fish oils lower cholesterol and triglycerides?

Does fish oils lower cholesterol and triglycerides?

Fish oil: Refer to this wiki for lots of information on fish oil: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/fish_oil. ...Read more

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Fish Oil (Definition)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more


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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more