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Cod Liver Oil and Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease has benefited from the research into fish oils with studies showing the beneficial effects of Cod Liver Oil consumption on heart disease and heart attacks.
A daily dose of Cod Liver Oil may help to dramatically reduce the risk of heart attacks by increasing the levels of protective HDL-cholesterol, a form of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) which is created in the liver and circulates through our blood scavenging any excess cholesterol and returning it to the liver where it can be disposed of.
Fish oil can help to re-balance the levels of HDL and LDL, Low Density Lipoproteins, the cholesterol which builds up in our arteries and blocks blood flow leading to a heart attack, as it reduces the levels of triglycerides in the blood. This increases the levels of protective HDL-cholesterol and thus reduces our overall blood cholesterol.
Fish oils can also protect against heart attacks by making blood platelets less sticky, and therefore, less likely to clot. Taking fish oil will not prevent our blood from clotting entirely as this would be dangerous. It simply appears to reduce the probability of blood clots forming within our arteries, while maintaining its normal ability to stop any bleeding.
To summarise, Fish Oils help protect against heart disease by;
- reducing the levels of triglycerides in the blood, thereby increasing the number of HDLs that control the overall cholesterol level.
- reducing the stickiness of blood platelets so that they are less likely to form clots in the arteries.
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