What oil in fish lowers triglycerides?

Joseph Saseen, PharmD
Cholesterol Management
The components of "fish oil" that lower triglycerides are two specific omega-3 fatty acids. These two omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. OTC fish oil supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so what they purport to have in each capsule is not verified by our drug regulatory authority (the FDA). However, there are two prescription drugs that contain these omega-3 fatty acids. They are regulated by the FDA and are indicated to lower triglycerides, unlike OTC nutritional supplement fish oils. These two products are Vascepa and Lovaza.

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