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.