Your Questions About Lower Triglycerides Fish Oil

Sharon asks…

Do Fish Oil capsules help lower cholesterol ?

Does taking fish oil help lower cholesterol and triglycerides ?

Sheila answers: Filling in to answer this question is Lisa Nelson, R.D.

Hi Sharon,

Yes, increasing your intake of omega 3 fatty acids (such as through fish oil) is one step towards lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.

Here are 7 more steps you can take:

1. Know your numbers

You need to know your LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels to determine appropriate actions. The most effective way to raise HDL is not necessarily the best way to lower LDL.

2. Evaluate your lifestyle

Know risk factors you can change and those you cannot.

3. Balance your fats

Reduce unhealthy saturated fats in your diet and replace them with heart healthy unsaturated fats.

4. Be active

Physical activity lowers triglycerides and raises HDL (good) cholesterol.

5. Eliminate trans fats

Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and raise triglycerides.

6. Understand triglycerides

Triglycerides are impacted the most by your simple sugar and alcohol intake.

7. Increase dietary fiber

You need 25-35 grams of dietary fiber daily, especially soluble fiber.

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

Nancy asks…

Doc says 4 grams Fish oil daily?? Hubby wants EPA and DHA to equal 1gram.l?

EPA and DHA  to lower triglycerides. Hubby insists EPA and DHA must be at least a gram per serving. Omega 3 is Omega 3 right???? If all the ingredients add to 1000mg and all are either Omega 3, EPA and DHA,  isn’t that the product to buy?

Sheila answers: Here’s what another reader has to say:

I am battling a triglyceride problem too. I take omega 3-6-9, as well as Flax oil capsules. This pretty much covers all bases.

I also use ground flax seed and psyillium on my whole wheat cherrios with skim milk. Also bought a treadmill that I am putting about 5 miles a day on.

I am only a month into it and have to wait another 2 months to be tested again, but my numbers are through the roof so I am going all out.

I make sure my supplements (capsules) total at least 4000mgs per day, take lots of natural fiber, exercise and have limited myself to as fat- free a diet as possible.

Helen asks…

Did you know Cod Liver Oil seems to help some people?

who suffer from arthritis? Among other problems? If you do, does it work for you? Sounds too good to be true but I am now considering using it again.

I found this on the web.
The benefits of cod liver oil can be summarized thus:
•Fully functioning nervous system
•Improved eye sight.
•Prevent depression.
•Fully developed brain and nervous system in newborns and lactating babies.
•Prevent post partum depression.
•Healthier cardiovascular system.
•Decreased inflammation throughout the body.
•Less arthritis.
•Prevent heart disease.
Lower triglycerides.
Lower risks of Alzheimer’s.
•Decreased risks of dementia.
•Less cognitive decline.
•Improve concentration.
•Greater resistance to flues and colds.
•Prevents premature babies.
•Less cancer, specially breast cancer.

Sheila answers:

My 89 year old mother has taken it for arthritis for a few years. She is in great health. It doesn’t taste bad, as it used to, so it’s not a problem to remember to take a dose daily. Glad to know it may help all the other problems, too.

Sandra asks…

Can eating foods with cholesterol raise my triglycerides?

I’m 23 years old, I’m 5’3 and weigh 105 lbs. I work out 5 days a week and eat pretty healthy! (I obviously have the times where I eat stuff I shouldn’t but that’s only on occasion). My doctor informed me that my overall risk factor was low because my LDL was normal and my HDL was above normal but I’m still determined to lower my triglycerides from 230-yes 230! I’ve cut back almost completely on my wine intake and cut out all sweets and started taking 1000 mg of fish oil 3 times daily.
I normally eat boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz) 4-5 days a week (because I don’t like seafood) but just noticed on the packaging that there is 100 mg of cholesterol in chicken? My doc told me to stay away from saturated fats, butter, sweets, and beef…. The chicken I eat has no saturated fats though so now I’m confused?
Do I need to avoid saturated fats AND cholesterol to reduce my triglycerides? Or does cholesterol have no bearing on triglycerides? Someone please advise!

Sheila answers:

High triglyceride levels may be due to:
* Cirrhosis
* Diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates
* Familial hyperlipoproteinemia (rare)
* Hypothyroidism
* Nephrotic syndrome
* Pancreatitis
* Poorly controlled diabetes

The overall treatment strategy is to first implement lifestyle changes, including exercise, weight loss, and avoidance of concentrated dietary sugar and alcohol.

Intake of 2 to 4 servings/wk of marine fish high in ω-3 fatty acids may be effective, but the amount of ω-3 fatty acids is often lower than needed; supplements may be helpful. In patients with diabetes, glucose levels should be tightly controlled.

If you just started taking the fish oil, it may be too early for the results. Watch your intake of wine or any other alcohol. The alcohol is processed into sugar and will directly increase your triglyceride level.

Linda asks…

Is it alright to take these Vitamins together?

So i am 16 year old female. Ive been looking into taking vitamins for 3 reasons.

1. Help with my overall health such as, growth, metabolism, energy, etc..
2. Hair growth.
3. Skin care & improvement

I was taking a look at many different Vitamins & have a read a few things & was wanting to know if these Vitamins were alright to take together.

1.Magnesium – Ive read that it aids all over health as in regulation metabolism, producing energy, maintaining strong healthy bones & also promotes healthy heart function, plays a role in reducing high blood pressure and supports DNA replication, hormone production, proper body growth and repair and cell maintenance. Its also supposed to help with anxiety which would be a bonus for me.

2.Omega 3-6-9 with Flaxseed, Fish, & Borage Oil – Ive read that it improves skin conditions, helps and supports dull hair and hair growth. helps with PMS. relieves digestive disorders, support brain function and development, improve blood pressure and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

3. A Multivitamin


I do not know much about vitamins but if anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated 

Sheila answers:

The multivitamin and the omega 3-6-9 would be fine together. My concern would be taking extra Magnesium along with them unless you also took extra Calcium to balance it out. There are 4 minerals that affect heart function: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphorus. It would be much better if you started adding Magnesium rich foods to your diet, rather than taking a Magnesium supplement. Foods high in Magnesium would include: oat bran, semisweet chocolate, spinach, barley, pumpkin seeds, and brazilnuts.

Click here for the full FDA list of the magnesium in foods.

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