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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SPECIAL -

OILY FISH —

Oily fish is the main source of omega-3 fats. We can­not make them in our body, so they must be eaten as part of our diet. Oily fish is dark in colour, e.g. salmon, mack­erel, sar­dines etc. When a GP gives a per­son their blood re­sults, part of the read­ing will be a thing called triglyc­erides. Higher lev­els of triglyc­erides will in­crease your risk of heart dis­ease. Omega-3 fats are well-known for their triglyc­eride-low­er­ing prop­er­ties. When high doses are given to peo­ple who have ex­tremely high triglyc­eride lev­els, it re­duced the con­cen­tra­tion within their blood by 45pc. It also sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved over­all choles­terol lev­els, as well as LDL ‘bad’ choles­terol and HDL ‘good’ choles­terol.

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