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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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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