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Omega-3 may reduce cholesterol regulator, but do they affect LDL levels?

PCSK9 plays a role in the regulation of cholesterol, and pharmaceutical companies exploring how to block PCSK9 as a way of lowering LDL cholesterol ​. The new study, led by scientists from Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark, found that 2.2 grams per day of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could reduce PCSK9 levels in pre- and postmenopausal women by 11.4% and 9.8%, respectively, but no effect was found on LDL cholesterol levels in either group.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The benefits of fish oil in heart disease lie in its ability to increase the resolution of low-level chronic inflammation. That is the real cause of heart disease, not elevated cholesterol levels.


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