Is it good to use salmon oil or garlic capsules to improve cholesterol levels?

CurioCity
11 June 2013

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Question

Is it good to use salmon oil or garlic capsules to improve cholesterol levels?

Answer

Cholesterol is a molecule that is used to maintain cell membrane fluidity. There are 2 types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered the "bad" cholesterol and can be found in foods such as butter and processed meats. HDL cholesterol is considered the "good" cholesterol and can be found in foods such as fish and nuts. Garlic and the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have both been known to be able to reduce LDL levels but there is less evidence for garlic being able to keep LDL levels low for a long period of time. So yes, it is possible that salmon oil and garlic oil may decrease cholesterol levels but it would be a good idea to consult a physician first before taking any supplements or making any major dietary changes. Exercise can also increase HDL levels. Here are a few webpages from HowStuffWorks.com on the subject.


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Answered By: Caleyr1

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