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Ask Tufts Experts August 2007 Issue

Q: Everyone is singing the praises of fish oil nowadays, but I read that it raises your LDL bad) cholesterol? Is that true? so, what is the alternative?

Answer: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts’ Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, explains that fish is beneficial because it’s an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. (For more on the benefits of omega-3s—and why other dietary sources such as walnuts and flaxseeds aren’t an efficient way to get EPA/DHA—see the July Special Report.) Fish and fish oil raise LDL cholesterol only in some…

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