Metabolic syndrome (a combination of several health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight gain and prediabetes) is a very common condition — and a major cause of heart attacks. Common triggers include excess sugar intake, hormonal deficiencies such as low thyroid; low testosterone in men; and inadequate intake of fish oil. A new study shows fish oil supplements can turn metabolic syndrome around.
Researchers studied 140 patients with metabolic syndrome, giving them two grams a day of fish oil for six months. The therapy reversed many features of the metabolic syndrome. LDL cholesterol levels fell. Triglycerides were lower. And several biomarkers of artery-damaging inflammation decreased. Meanwhile, the folks who weren't taking fish oil saw a worsening of those factors.
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"Fish Oil Supplementation May Improve Lipid Profile and Reduce Inflammation in the Metabolic Syndrome," Al-Gayyar MM, Shams ME, et al, Pharm Biol. 2012 Mar;50(3):297-303. Epub 2011 Nov 21.
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