1. Fish Oil Can Be Good for Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fish have much lower rates of heart disease. There are a number of risk factors for heart disease, and many of these appear to be reduced by fish or fish oil consumption.
The benefits of fish oil for heart health include:
- Cholesterol levels: It can increase levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. However, it does not appear to reduce levels of LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol.
- Triglycerides: It can lower triglycerides by about 15–30%.
- Blood pressure: Even in small doses, it helps reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure.
- Plaques: It may prevent the plaques that form in arteries and cause them to harden, as well as make arterial plaques more stable and safer in those who already have them.
- Fatal arrhythmias: In people who are at risk, it may reduce fatal arrhythmia events. Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that can cause heart attacks in certain cases.
Although fish oil supplementation can improve many of the risk factors for heart disease, there is no clear evidence that it can prevent heart attacks or strokes.
Fish oil supplementation can help reduce some of the risks associated with heart disease. However, there is no clear evidence that it can prevent heart attacks or strokes.