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March 2003 Issue

Fish Oils Reduce Risk of Stroke From Plaque

Modest supplementation with fish oil significantly lowered blood triglyceride levels and stabilized plaque in the carotid arteries of 162 older men and women with advanced atherosclerosis—clogged arteries—in research from the United Kingdom. Prior to undergoing surgical removal of plaque in their carotid arteries—the major artery supplying the brain— participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three regimens for five to six weeks: sunflower oil (rich in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid), fish oils (rich in omega-3’s) or palm and

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