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Dr Rowan Says Fish Oil for Lowering Cholesterol

10th December 2006 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Can fish oil really lower your cholesterol better than statins?

I’ve promoted fish oils as a safe and easy means to lower your cholesterol for many years. Some have asked if fish oils work as well as the statin drugs. And the answer I always give is: “They work better.” And now a new study has proven this to be true.

The study shows that fish oils raise HDL (good) cholesterol better than the statin drug Lipitor. This is especially true for obese and insulin-resistant men. HDL cholesterol removes excess cholesterol from the cells in your arteries. Low HDL levels can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly for the obese and insulin resistant.

In the six-week study, researchers gave 48 men fish oils and Lipitor, both separately and combined. Fish oil and Lipitor together greatly lowered triglycerides and raised HDL cholesterol levels.

But fish oil by itself was the only treatment to raise HDL cholesterol. It altered the production and catabolism rates of HDL apolipoproteins (catabolism is the breakdown of complex molecules into simpler molecules). Lipitor did not increase this effect on its own. And the drug appears to stop fish oil’s ability to do this. When they combined the two, they had no effect on HDL.

So if you want to lower your cholesterol to healthy levels, fish oils are the way to go. Not only are they safe, they’re more effective than statins. And they protect many other parts of your body, such as your brain.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD

Ref: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2006; 84(1): 37-43.

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3 Responses to “Dr Rowan Says Fish Oil for Lowering Cholesterol”

  1. re: health benefits of fish oil Says:

    Thank you for posting this informative article. May I also add that numerous studies have reported that fish oil supplementation reduces plasma triglyceride levels approximately 30%, and as much as 50% in individuals with severe hypertriglyceridemia. However, the triglyceride-lowering effects can be accompanied by increases in LDL cholesterol, especially in individuals with low baseline LDL levels. Researchers suggest that the increase in LDL cholesterol may not necessarily increase atherosclerosis risk in light of the antithrombitic, anti-inflammatory, and antivasoconstrictive actions of omega 3 fatty acids.

  2. Senen Aotriz Says:

    Thank you for educating me regarding fish oil. My mother every now and then sends me bottles of fish oil.
    From now on I will be religious in taking fish oil everyday.
    Just one question, you did not say the dose. I have 2 different products of fish oil and one says 400, and the other says 500.
    Please comment on this.
    Thank you for your good help.
    God bless you, Dr. Rowen.

  3. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Either one is fine, personally 1000 mg is best. Look at what other oils that you take. You are taking this product for its Omega 3 fats, vitamin D and vitamin A.