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Can omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol?

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Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce heart disease and lower triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the rate at which the liver produces triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids also have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, decrease the growth of plaque in the arteries, and aid in thinning blood. Aim for at least two servings of fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, and sardines per week. Other dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flax seed and walnuts. Supplement sources include fish oil capsules, flaxseed and flaxseed oil. If you are considering taking omega-3 fatty acids, first discuss with your health care provider if omega-3 fatty acid supplements are right for you, especially if you are currently taking blood-thinning medication.

SOURCES: American Heart Association: “Whole Grains and Fiber.” The Cleveland Clinic Department of Nutrition. The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  





Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

SOURCES: American Heart Association: “Whole Grains and Fiber.” The Cleveland Clinic Department of Nutrition. The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  





Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

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