Can omega-3 fatty acids combined with statins reduce triglyceride levels?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
The omega-3 fats found in fish oil reduce blood levels of triglycerides, the major type of fat in your body. High triglyceride levels work together with high cholesterol levels to damage blood vessels, and statins have only a small effect on triglycerides. The key omega-3 fats in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Taking 4 grams (4000 milligrams) of EPA/DHA per day along with a statin drug is now recommended by many physicians for patients with elevations of both cholesterol and triglycerides.

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