Fish Intake May Boost 'Good' Cholesterol Levels
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Fish Intake May Boost 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 4 Mar 2014 - 16:05
Consuming fatty fish may increase the number of large HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol particles, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE found.
A team of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, found that people whose intake of fish was generally high, up to 3-4 meals every week had a higher amount of larger HDL particles in their blood as compared to those who consume fish less frequently.
While the benefits of the consumption of fish have been known since a long time, the mechanism by which fats and other nutrients in fish help the human body were not fully known. This new study, however, found that fish consumption could have an impact on the size and concentration of lipoproteins that are responsible for transporting lipids in the blood. These large HDL particles in turn, help sweep off the excess cholesterol from the walls of the arteries, and may help lower down the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
For the study, the researchers took into consideration fatty fish including herring, salmon, rainbow trout etc. and made use of the state-of-art metabolomics.
"People shouldn't fool themselves into thinking that if their standard lipid levels are okay, there's no need to think about the diet, as things are a lot more complicated than that. Soft vegetable fats and fish are something to prefer in any case," postdoctoral Researcher Maria Lankinen explained.
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