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Fish Oil And Lipids

A recent study from the University of Guelph in Canada shows that fish oils prevent heart attacks because they contain omega-3 fatty acids that help lower blood levels of triglycerides.

The only fish that are rich sources of the healthful omega-3 fatty acids are those that live in deep oceans. They eat plankton that are full of omega-3s. Fish that are grown in netted pens and fed corn are not good sources of the healthful omega-3s.

You can get also omega-3s by eating whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, but you cannot get them from most bakery products or any other food made from flour because the miller removes the germ from a seed to prolong the shelf life of flour. Almost all bakery products and pastas made from flour contain only meager amounts of omega-3s. Rich sources of omega-3s are seeds such as flaxseed, whole grains such as wheat and beans such as soybeans.

KD Stark, EJ Park, VA Maines, BJ Holub. Effect of a fish-oil concentrate on serum lipids in postmenopausal women receiving and not receiving hormone replacement therapy in a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 72, Iss 2, pp 389-394Address Holub BJ, Univ Guelph, Dept Human Biol & Nutr Sci, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, CANADA


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Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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