May 2009 Issue
Research Roundup: 05/09
Omega-3 supplements can reduce blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) as much as statin medications. CRP is a marker for inflammation and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers from the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied 34 middle-aged men with elevated blood triglyceride levels. Half took three grams a day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid; the other half got olive oil as a placebo. After 90 days, those taking DHA saw their CRP levels drop by 15%—almost as much as the 15% to 25% seen with statins.
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