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Statin Users May Benefit From Omega-3 Supplementation

A recent study suggests that people taking statins in order to lower their cholesterol levels may also benefit from taking omega-3 supplements.

Participants in the study included 20 adults with familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited condition that leads to higher levels of LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels. All of the participants were already taking statins. They were given either 4 grams daily of an omega-3 supplement or nothing for eight weeks. Following an eight-week washout period, the participants switched interventions.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 9% increase in large artery elasticity, a 6% reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, a 20% reduction in triglyceride levels, and an 8% decrease in apoB levels in the omega-3 group. ApoB is the main apolipoprotein in LDL cholesterol and it transports cholesterol to tissues.

The researchers did not note any changes in small artery elasticity in either group.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 3, 2016, in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

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.

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