DHA Benefits Heart Healthy Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Extensive research has shown that fish oils containing both DHA and EPA are beneficial for cardiovascular health. One of the many ways DHA and EPA omega-3's support cardiovascular health is by reducing triglyceride levels.
Research now shows that DHA (about 3 grams a day) helps reduce triglyceride levels and modifies the size and amounts of other blood lipids (LDL, HDL and VLDL) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. DHA improved both fasting and after-eating levels, lowering triglycerides by 24 percent in both the fasting and post-meal samples. Elevated post-prandial triglycerides are also detrimental to cardiovascular health.
Researchers stated, "DHA supplementation may lower the risk of CVD* by reducing plasma triacylglycerol**:HDL (ratio); the number of small, dense LDL particles; and mean diameter of VLDL particles."
**Triacylglycerol and triglyceride are used interchangeably
Kelley and others. "Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation improves fasting and postprandial lipid profiles in hypertriglyceridemic men." Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:324-33.