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Fish Oil Works Better Than Statins at Improving HDL Cholesterol

An interesting study shows how fish oil -- not the statin drug Lipitor --influences how HDL cholesterol works far more safely and better than taking a pill. Australian researchers studied the effects of fish oil and Lipitor in a six-week trial on 48 insulin-resistant, obese men, both separately and combined. No surprise, fish oil and Lipitor, together, greatly lowered plasma triacylglycerols and raised HDL cholesterol levels.

But it was fish oil, not Lipitor, that influenced HDL cholesterol by decreasing the catabolism (the breakdown of complex molecules metabolically into simpler ones) and the production of HDL apolipoproteins.

To really enjoy all the benefits omega-3 rich fish oil has to offer, however, it's important to find one that has been independently tested in a laboratory and conforms to strict purity guidelines (ensuring the oil you consume is free from toxins like mercury.)

The best choice you could make for your health is to take a high-quality krill oil, an amazing source of omega-3 fats made from fish that grow to about an inch and are harvested in the clean waters of the Antarctic.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 84, No. 1, July 2006: 37-43

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