Fish oil cholesterol is the good guy in the cholesterol arena, according to our research ...
by Dime Alexi, a registered nurse and a free-lance writer whose specialties include health issues
For the majority of people, the term cholesterol conjures up images of hearts and blood vessels clogged with plaque, fats and other unhealthy substances leading up to cardiovascular diseases. The good news is that there is such a thing as fish oil cholesterol, which is actually desired instead of detested by health experts.
Fish oil, which is known as omega-3 fatty acids in the scientific community, is composed of polyunsaturated fats including DHA and EPA. It can be found in both natural foods like fish and fish oil as well as in oral gel supplements. The most important thing about fish oil is that it is a heart-friendly fat in that it prevents instead of being a major contributor to the development of heart diseases.
Keep in mind that these claims in favor of fish oil are not just mumbo-jumbo printed on the nutritional supplements information panel of a much-hyped health food. These health claims have been proven by science as being true especially the part where omega-3 fatty acids significantly lessen the risks for sudden death due to heart diseases.
However, we must caution the readers about fish oil cholesterol albeit it's one that should be no cause for sleepless nights either. Yes, fish oil can lower the triglyceride levels in the blood but it can also raise the levels of low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol, in layman's terms). The change, fortunately, is very low at just 3 to 10 percent increase but it is still wise to follow the recommended daily doses for the healthy fatty acid.
And speaking of recommended daily dosages, the American Heart Association recommends varying amounts of supplementation depending on the physical condition and health goals of the individual. For a healthy individual, just one gram of fish oil cholesterol is sufficient to lessen the risks for sudden death from heart diseases. This translates to eating fatty fishes at least twice a week as well as the consumption of canola, flaxseed and soybean oil with walnuts thrown in.
For individuals with heart diseases, one gram of an EPA+DHA fish oil supplement per day is sufficient. A physician's advice must be sought for supplementation since there are conditions that are not compatible with fish oil supplementation.
For the individuals desiring to lower their triglyceride levels, the recommended amount is 2 to 4 grams of EPA+DHA per day. A doctor's prescription is also necessary for the fish oil cholesterol supplements at this amount, just to be on the healthy side.
Aside from the benefits to the heart's health, fish oil shows promise of helping to heal the inner lining of inflamed intestines. In people suffering from Chron's disease and colitis, it is a ray of hope. Still, medical opinion comes highly recommended to avoid any complications from unsupervised use of fish oil in IBD.
The bottom line is this: To secure the most benefits from fish oil cholesterol, a healthy diet filled with fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel and tuna, vegetables oils like soybean, flaxseed and canola and other walnuts - add in fruits and vegetables, too - is essential. The supplements are not substitutes to such a diet.
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