fish oil and cholesterol

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Hey all,
I was wondering if anyone knows anything about taking fish oil with high cholesterol?
I have borderline ch. with no meds and was thinking about taking fish or krill oil but don't know if it is a good idea or not. anyone have any experience or advice? brand of fish oil etc. I'd really appreciate it tia
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The Mayo Clinic has a good article on how omega 3 acids affect the body. Basically, there's evidence that omega-3 increases good cholesterol and may lessen the severity of heart disease. However, omega-3 may also increase bad cholesterol.
I take a supplement daily, I have higher cholesterol ( hereditary ) but this helps increase the good kind with no side effects
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thanks, I am just a little afraid to take the supplement because of it increasing the bad, right now I'm trying to eat more salmon hoping it will help thanks
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thanks, I am just a little afraid to take the supplement because of it increasing the bad, right now I'm trying to eat more salmon hoping it will help thanks
Originally Posted by yogawaves
It won't increase the bad; "good" cholesterol can lower the bad

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Condit...sp#mainContent
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Yep, I'm in the same boat and don't wanna take anything. I don't like drugs or having to take any meds or want to be on any meds.
God knows what my levels will be next month!
I've heard that anything over 200 is okay these days...that is supposed to be the new news, tho don't know how true it is. The only thing that is saving me right now is my ratio...
I found Eilonwy's article (Mayo Clinic) above, very helpful.

For what it's worth, my internist says the most significant predictor of heart disease is high blood pressure (unless you have a family history).

I have high total chol. (270) and both high bad & good chol. but so far none of my doctors is recommending meds. I have low/normal blood pressure and no family history. I'm changing my diet (somewhat LOL - that butter pecan ice-cream calls out to me) and hoping that and walking as much as I can will help.
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I take fish oil now after years and years of being so glad my parents couldn't force me to take it. I thought it would improve my skin. In fact, I think I take two fish oil tablets.

Anyway, they're finding cholesterol may be largely affected by genetics. My cholesterol is definitely low by the luck of genetics. I can basically eat burgers or steaks several times a week and my HDL remains sky high and my LDL remain extremely low. My triglycerides are generally so low, some tests cannot detect them, and my total cholesterol hovers between 80 and 100.

I take fish oil as insurance because the other half of my genetic data is not so lucky. Who knows what the rest of my life will look like in this regard, so why not try to be proactive? Plus my skin stays pretty clear these days. (For the record, I don't eat high cholesterol foods day in and day out, just saying my serum cholesterol and serum fat trends dictate that I hypothetically could.)

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When is a good time to having testing done? Should you have tests completed multiple times and then compare the data?

I would assume the doctors might think I have high cholesterol if I got tested right after downing a couple big macs and shakes.


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Yep, I'm in the same boat and don't wanna take anything. I don't like drugs or having to take any meds or want to be on any meds.
God knows what my levels will be next month!
I've heard that anything over 200 is okay these days...that is supposed to be the new news, tho don't know how true it is. The only thing that is saving me right now is my ratio...
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When is a good time to having testing done? Should you have tests completed multiple times and then compare the data?

I would assume the doctors might think I have high cholesterol if I got tested right after downing a couple big macs and shakes.


PRINCETON
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Princeton, what my doc rec's is to have a cholesterol screening done and then 6 mos after that, have another...
Funny story...it seems that every time hubby and I go for my fave food, he will go give blood and his cholesterol is fine...lol
Yep, I'm in the same boat and don't wanna take anything. I don't like drugs or having to take any meds or want to be on any meds.
God knows what my levels will be next month!
I've heard that anything over 200 is okay these days...that is supposed to be the new news, tho don't know how true it is. The only thing that is saving me right now is my ratio...
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thanks, I am just a little afraid to take the supplement because of it increasing the bad, right now I'm trying to eat more salmon hoping it will help thanks
Originally Posted by yogawaves
It won't increase the bad; "good" cholesterol can lower the bad

Good vs. Bad Cholesterol
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That's been my experience. I've been taking cinnamon and flaxseed oil caps plus 2 or more tbsp olive oil (also an omega 3) a day for a long time. I had high (bad) cholesterol. It is now in the normal range. I take them for PCOS and all of it's fun fun symptoms, high cholesterol being one.

I recently switched from flaxseed oil to raspberry leaf because some women have had luck with it regulating periods on its own. As anyone with PCOS knows, though, its symptoms change. Just a few days ago, my body decides to zap my already dry skin of any moisture it had. I have a feeling it's hormone-related since my mom always had this as a PMS thing though I doubt it was this bad. I think I now have a yeast infection from applying KY constantly just so my skin stops cracking (sorry TMI).
My emotions are also through the roof.

I added the flaxseed oil back and have been drinking more water so that helps with the dry skin. It could've been the switch to raspberry leaf that caused this in the first place. I'm afraid to see a doctor (but will if it gets worse) b/c I know they don't like my methods and I don't like theirs. Boy oh boy this is one tough disease... I just wanted to mention that supplements that help with cholesterol also help with other PCOS symptoms. It is trial and error with supplements, but in general, they've been better for me than prescription meds.
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I have a question about fish oil. I've been reading, and I thought I should bring up the mercury aspect. I wouldn't think that could do any harm if you're just taking a capsule or two a day, but supposedly that is why krill oil is popular now because it has less mercury. Also I notice some brands will do like a 3 6 9 that's supposed to make the omega 3 better absorbed and cut down on mercury. So it must be an issue. I took fish oil for awhile because I heard it was so good for the skin and hair. I also have high cholesterol. IDK if that helped on that b/c it came up normal when I had it re-tested - I had made an effort to eat better + added the oil. IDK why I stopped them. I felt bad, got rid of almost a whole bottle because they expired (I had a BOGOF deal). They made my hair greasy. Maybe that's why I quit. Anyway does the mercury deal really make a difference and what about other omega 3s? May it just be better to get it through foods? I want the hair and skin benefits. My skin is dry naturally and my hair grows slowly.

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