Several people have the curiosity to know about fish oil’s contribution in lowering cholesterol. We know that fish oil is extremely beneficial for our health as it contains abundant antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and several essential vitamins and minerals.
But does fish oil help in lowering cholesterol? Does it lower triglycerides and provide protection against cholesterol accumulation on the arterial walls and reduce the chances of heart attacks and strokes? Let us try to find the answer to the common question whether fish oil is good for lowering cholesterol or not?
Lowering cholesterol with the use of fish oil is a debatable topic. Some research supports the belief that fish oil enriched with Omega 3 lowers cholesterol whereas some other studies fail to find any progress in the amount of cholesterol in those who took fish oil regularly.
Essentially cholesterol is of two types:
high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). HDL cholesterol is beneficial as it moves through your body and picks up the additional bad cholesterol i.e.
LDL cholesterol and carries it to your liver for getting processed. If you have low levels of HDL cholesterol in your body then extra LDL cholesterol will pose threat to you by sticking to the arterial walls and increasing the risk of heart disease.
LDL cholesterol is bad in itself but if you have high levels of triglycerides in your body then it can be much more dangerous. This is due to the fact that high triglyceride levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Apart from an increased risk of heart disease, high levels of triglycerides are also closely linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But LDL cholesterol is comparatively less dangerous if the levels of triglyceride are low.
It has been deduced that fish oil enriched with Omega-3 is exceptionally beneficial in lowering blood triglycerides. If an individual consumes 2000mg to 4000mg of fish oil supplements enriched with Omega-3’s EPA and DHA, his/her triglycerides can be reduced by about 20 to 40%. Thus, fish oil can play a crucial role in decreasing the risks created by high levels of LDL cholesterol.
If you have high levels of LDL cholesterol, you should not depend entirely on fish oil for its treatment and should consult your doctor. Also, never start taking fish oil supplements without your doctor’s permission.