Category Archives: Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids likely NOT associated with prostate cancer

A weakly constructed study was reported recently that purportedly associated higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid blood levels and prostate cancer. See this CBS News report, for instance. Lipid and omega-3 fat expert, Dr. William Harris, posted this concise critique … Continue reading

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Are statins and omega-3s incompatible?

French researcher, Dr. Michel de Lorgeril, has been in the forefront of thinking and research into nutritional issues, including the Mediterranean Diet, the French Paradox, and the role of fat intake in cardiovascular health. In a recent review entitled Recent … Continue reading

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DHA: the crucial omega-3

Of the two omega-3 fatty acids that are best explored, EPA and DHA, it is likely DHA that exerts the most blood pressure- and heart rate-reducing effects. Here are the data of Mori et al in which 4000 mg of … Continue reading

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What tests are MORE important than cholesterol?

In the conventional practice of early heart disease prevention, cholesterol testing takes center stage. Rarely does it go any further, aside from questions about family history and obvious sources of modifiable risk such as smoking and sedentary lifestyle. So standard … Continue reading

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HDL 80 mg/dl

More and more people in my clinic are showing HDL cholesterol values of 80 mg/dl or higher, males included. Think about it: Nationwide, average HDL for males is 42 mg/dl and for females 52 mg/dl. Even though these average values … Continue reading

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Lp(a): Be patient with fish oil

High-dose omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil has become the number one strategy for reduction of lipoprotein(a), Lp(a), in the Track Your Plaque program for gaining control over coronary plaque and heart disease risk. The original observations made in Tanzanian … Continue reading

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Fish oil: The natural triglyceride form is better

If you have a choice, the triglyceride form of fish oil is preferable. The triglyceride form, i.e., 3 omega-3 fatty acids on a glycerol “backbone,” is the form found in the body of fish that protects them from cold temperatures … Continue reading

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The best fish oil

The best fish oils available are the liquid forms. Contrary to many people’s expectations, the best liquid fish oils have no fishy odor or taste. I use a lot of liquid fish oils because of the higher doses we use … Continue reading

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Fish oil: What’s the difference?

Ultra-purified, pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled. Over-the-counter vs. prescription. Gelcap, liquid, emulsion. There’s a mind-boggling variety of choices in fish oil today. A visit to any health food store, or any “big box” store for that matter, will yield at least … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Index: 10% or greater?

We’ve previously considered the question: What is an ideal level of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood? Recall that omega-3 levels in red blood cells (RBCs), a measure called the “omega-3 index,” have been associated with risk for sudden cardiac … Continue reading

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