Fish oil can be more effective at reducing bad cholesterol than some of the conventional drugs. That’s not a surprise to most people, but it could be news for some folks still taking medication drugs to reduce cholesterol.
A recent study published online on August 31 in the medical journal The Lancet shows that taking fish oil supplements regularly may have similar or better results lowering bad cholesterol and preventing heart failure than medication.
Researchers analyzed two different groups, the first one taking only fish oil supplements and the second group taking prescription drugs.
The number of patients hospitalized for heart failure was quite similar from both groups, but a little less people from the fish oil group, researchers concluded.
In addition, fish oil supplements provide a long list of benefits for the human body, not provided by the majority of the medications.
Fish oil has been credited to be a very efficient product against high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also help several other health concerns, such as anxiety, asthma, osteoporosis, eczema, depression and reducing risk of heart attacks.
Can you get enough fish oil from food sources? EPA and DHA are the key components and an average of 1000mg of fish oil a day is recommended. They are found in salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, albacore tuna and black cod.
Fish oil supplements are still the best way of getting enough EPAs and DHAs, unless you want to eat fish several times a week.
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