Experts agree that fish oil supplementation is one of the simplest way's to naturally lower your cholesterol levels rather than using and relying on statin medications. So here's why you need to begin supplementing with this powerful oil as soon as possible...
Article by Troy Sawyer (Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, Sports Nutritionist)
Updated April 18, 2023 -- This post contains affiliate links
The Japanese and Eskimos consume plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from cold water fish. It’s no coincidence that they also have some of the lowest rates of heart disease, cancer and stroke in the world.
Fish oil has been overwhelmingly proven to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as prevent blood clots. It is in fact considered by many in the natural health field to be the gold standard of treatments for reducing high cholesterol.1
In the Journal PLoS Medicine they estimate that nearly 100,000 people die each year from omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies while many more suffer deadly heart attacks, strokes and cognitive damage. In the Nutrition Journal, a study found that men with the highest levels of omega-3 fat in their diet ran a 34% reduced risk of developing heart disease and older adults with the highest omega-3’s in their diet ran a 70% reduced risk of suffering a fatal heart attack. 2
Because fish oil is so good for you and can help with just about every ailment, it should be a staple in your diet whether you have elevated cholesterol levels or not.
For more evidence on the extraordinary benefits of fish oil (omega-3's) in regards to reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels - and for the prevention of heart disease - take a look at some of these exciting quotes from various well respected natural health authors…
"The omega-3 fatty acid-rich oils have been shown in hundreds of studies to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, including many studies in diabetics. The omega-3 fatty acids are being recommended to treat or prevent not only high cholesterol levels, but also high blood pressure, other cardiovascular diseases, cancer, autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, and many others."
- Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 2 by Michael T. Murray, ND (available from Amazon.com)
"The ability of omega-3 fatty acids to significantly reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death – by 45 percent – was demonstrated in the GISSI Prevention study, in which more than eleven thousand patients participated. A recent review of the use of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of hypertension found that omega-3s protect against stroke and reaffirmed that the cardioprotective benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are related to their ability to improve blood pressure, vascular function, lipid metabolism, inflammation, and cardiac function."
- What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease by Steven V. Joyal (available from Amazon.com)
"Clinical studies have found that increasing the omega-3s in ones diet may reduce the chances of heart attack by a third. What biological mechanism could explain these findings? A couple of theories have emerged. Omega-3s are present in high concentrations in heart tissue where they seem to play a role in regulating heart rhythm and preventing fatal arrhythmias. Omega-3s also dampen the inflammation response, which omega-6s tend to excite."
- In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto by Michael Pollan (available from Amazon.com)
"The most healthy fatty acids are found in fish oil, flaxseed oil (both have lots of omega-3 fatty acids), and borage oil (which has a type of omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, that has many health benefits). These omega-3 and omega-6 fats stimulate the immune system and fight inflammation, a known cause of heart disease and many other chronic diseases. They also support optimal brain function. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel contain the highest concentration of omega-3s."
- Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition by Hyla Cass, M.D. (available from Amazon.com)
"Fight the triple threat of heart disease with omega-3 fatty acids. They clear clogged arteries, lubricate clumping blood cells, and ease high blood pressure. And that’s not all. These polyunsaturated fats also help regulate your heartbeat and combat inflammation. In a recent Danish study, people with low levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation, also had high levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid."
- Unleash the Inner Healing Power of Foods by The Editors of FC&A (available from Amazon.com)
"THE BENEFITS OF FISH OILS: The omega-3 fish oils, which contain EPA and DHA, have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. So too has eating fish. If you’ve had a heart attack and start eating omega-3 rich fish three times a week, you could halve your risk of a further heart attack. Other trials giving people omega-3 fish oils have found that they do indeed confer protection from heart disease. Exactly how they work is still under investigation. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory, and artery damage involves inflammation."
- The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford (available from Amazon.com)
"There are two types: omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fatty acids are most important, as they bring balance to our hormones, reduce inflammation, regulate our blood sugar, prevent blood clotting, keep our cholesterol and triglycerides in balance, relax our blood vessels, and make our cells healthy and resilient."
- The Natural Hormone Makeover: 10 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Health and Rediscover Your Inner Glow by Phuli Cohan (available from Amazon.com)
"Blood clots can cause heart attacks and stroke; the omega-3 fatty acids in fish help to prevent dangerous blood clotting by reducing the tendency of blood platelets to clump. Omega-3 EFAs help to keep blood clots from forming in the arteries and can lower cholesterol levels, reducing the chance of heart problems. They are also known to reduce joint inflammation in people with arthritis, and are good for female disorders and breast disease."
- Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC (available from Amazon.com)
"Numerous studies show that when people increase their intake of dark meat/cold-water fish, they have fewer heart attacks and strokes and fewer deaths from these causes. The omega-3 fats in these fish have always gotten credit for this improved health outcome, but these same dietary sources are also high in vitamin D."
- The Vitamin D Cure by James Dowd and Diane Stafford (available from Amazon.com)
All quotes are sourced from this link The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Preventing Inflammation
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