Healthy Dose: Fish Oil

Published 12/21 2009 10:17AM

Updated 02/17 2010 03:17AM

Want to lower your risk of heart disease? One option is to change your diet to include primarily salmon, mackerel, or herring. These fatty fish contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids work by lowering our triglycerides. The result? A lower risk of stroke, a heart attack, or even death. In fact, studies have shown that triglycerides can be reduced by up to 45%. This is the same amount as commonly prescribed medications such as Tricor or niacin.


Many supplements are available at your local pharmacy or health food store. A prescription product is available called Lovaza. It provides a consistent dose, is less likely to cause an upset stomach, has a lower risk of mercury exposure and less likely to have the least tolerable side effect…a fishy burp. I’m pharmacist Tom Carey for SwedishAmerican’s, A Health Dose.

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