Omega 3 Fish Oil and Maintaining Lipid Levels

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Maintaining Lipid Levels that are Already in the Normal Range

Maintaining healthy levels of blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides, is important for long-term wellness and plays a major part in the health of the cardiovascular system. We’re all aware of the effects of elevated blood lipid levels. However, lipid levels that are too low can also be detrimental to health. A healthy balance of cholesterol and triglycerides is necessary for optimal cardiovascular function. As is evident from the advice given by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Institutes of Health, maintaining healthy plasma triglyceride concentration is one vital component in maintaining cardiovascular health. Dietary supplementation with fish oils has been shown in several studies to support plasma triglyceride concentrations that are already in the normal range. For example, a recent study conducted in healthy men found that daily dietary supplementation with 1200 mg of EPA plus 800 mg of DHA for 4 weeks provided invaluable assistance to the body’s efforts to maintain healthy plasma triglyceride concentrations.9 Several other published trials support this ability of fish oil and specifically the fatty acids DHA and EPA.

Eating fatty acids – fish oils – to support healthy levels of fats in the blood – what a concept! This is just one of the reasons that fish oils are so special. This also illustrates the fact that eating fat is not necessarily bad. What’s more important is the type of fat one consumes. Consuming healthy fats is an important part of eating for health and healthy aging.

Tomorrow’s topic: Omega 3 Fish Oil and Blood Pressure

References:
9. Faeh D, Minehira K, Schwarz JM, Periasamy R, Park S, Tappy L. Effect of fructose overfeeding and fish oil administration on hepatic de novo lipogenesis and insulin sensitivity in healthy men. Diabetes 2005;54:1907-1913.


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