DHA Omega-3s May Lower Triglycerides in Women
Having a high level of triglycerides in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease. A recent study suggests that supplementation with low-dose DHA fish oil may help lower triglycerides in pre-menopausal women.
Participants in the study included 53 pre-menopausal women with mildly elevated triglyceride levels who were given either 0, 0.35, 0.7, or 1 g per day of DHA-rich omega-3s or a placebo daily. All of the participants kept a daily record of capsule intake, as well as menstrual cycle status. They also visited the research clinic on two consecutive mornings at the beginning of the study, as well as after approximately eight weeks of supplementation. During those visits, researchers measured plasma concentrations of triglycerides and cholesterol.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted improvements in plasma triglyceride levels, but no significant changes in cholesterol levels. The most notable improvements were in the 1 gram per day group.
Researchers from University of Wollongong in Australia led the study. It was published on October 8, 2018, in Nutrients.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high-quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.